Cape Breton Post

Police warn of ‘sextortion’ scam

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia RCMP are warning the public about a “sextortion” scam which threatens to reveal intimate photos of individual­s.

According to Halifax District RCMP, they received a report of sextortion on Tuesday.

The victim, an 18-year-old man, had entered a video chat with the scammer who recorded the victim without consent.

The scammer then threatened to send the video to the victim’s contacts unless he sent money, which the victim did not send.

The video wasn’t sent to the victim’s contacts but RCMP remind the public to be cautious when talking with strangers.

“If you make a video or take a photo and that device has the ability to connect to the internet, the content can potentiall­y be seen by anyone,” Sgt. Royce Macrae of the Nova Scotia RCMP digital forensics services unit, said in a news release. “One way to protect yourself from this type of scam is to not accept friend requests from strangers.”

The investigat­ion is ongoing.

RCMP ask the public to report any suspicious activity to police at 902-490-5020 or, if you believe you have been a victim of a scam, contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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