RCMP warn of we­b­cam scams

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Com­puter we­b­cams are a great way to keep in touch with friends and fam­ily, but they can also be dan­ger­ous.

The RCMP’S Tech­no­log­i­cal Crime Unit is ad­vis­ing the public to be aware of the risks as­so­ci­ated with us­ing the de­vices on­line.

In par­tic­u­lar, po­lice ad­vise to be wary of on­line ser­vices that al­low peo­ple to en­gage in we­b­cam ses­sions with com­plete strangers from any­where in the world.

There have been a few in­stances in New­found­land and Labrador where a per­son has en­gaged in what ap­peared to be a one-on-one in­ti­mate ses­sion with some­one they didn’t know and soon found out that the other per­son was not who they ob­served on the we­b­cam.

In­stead, the other per­son was stream­ing video to give the im­pres­sion that it was com­ing from the we­b­cam. In the process, they cap­ture the other per­son’s in­ti­mate ac­tions and then threaten to dis­close that video to Face­book friends or pub­lish it on­line if the per­son doesn’t pay a sum of money or en­gage in fur­ther in­ti­mate acts on cam­era.

Sgt. Jac­ques Boucher sug­gested any­thing done on­line, even if you think it is a pri­vate ses­sion, could be cap­tured by the other party and then used for ex­tor­tion.

“Some of these on­line criminals can project a very be­liev­able iden­tity (sup­ported by a Face­book page, per­sonal email ac­count, In­stant Mes­sag­ing ac­count, even pro­vide a phone num­ber) and ap­pear trust wor­thy.

“Even in cases where the other per­son is known there is a risk that em­bar­rass­ing/in­ti­mate/pri­vate ac­tions or words could be cap­tured by the other party and dis­closed at a later time.”

The RCMP Tech­no­log­i­cal Crime Unit urges any­one who be­comes a vic­tim of ex­tor­tion (whether for money or to di­rect them to do some­thing) should con­tact the po­lice im­me­di­ately and keep these tips in mind:

- Con­duct your­self on­line in a man­ner that will not put you at risk of be­ing ex­torted.

- Strictly mon­i­tor your chil­dren if they have a we­b­cam on their com­puter.

- Do not delete any­thing on the com­puter as it may con­tain ev­i­dence re­quired by po­lice to pur­sue their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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