For several years now, the Regie de police Memphremagog (RPM) has received complaints from blackmail victims. In most cases, these victims came into contact with an unknown person either on the internet or on social media and, after a few exchanges, were asked to undress in front of a webcam. Then they are told that the images were recorded and that, if they don’t pay between $2000 and $3000, the images will be spread on the internet. Although the police have only received a few complaints, they suspect that many others are being blackmailed and may be too ashamed of being ‘duped’ to come to the police.
Since it is almost impossible to bring these blackmailers to justice because they often reside in other countries, the best thing is prevention: never exchange personal information or compromising photos on the internet, even with people you know; If someone has pictures of you ask them to destroy them and not keep any copies; if someone is threatening to spread pictures of you, don’t give them any money. Rather, block their email address, advise your contacts to do the same, and demand that the internet sites that publish your images remove them.
Moreover, anyone who takes photos or film of themselves and sends them to another person on the internet, risks being accused of the production and distribution of pornography. If the photos or film involve a minor, the charges will be over child pornography.
On Monday morning, a man was arrested on autoroute 10 along with his accomplice after trying to steal groceries from a Magog store. The 31 year-old suspect from Granby filled a grocery cart with food and was stopped by the store’s manager when he tried to leave the premises with the cart without paying. He was arrested for an attempt to steal, breaking probation and possession of drugs.