RCMP is­sue warn­ing about so­cial me­dia ex­tor­tion scam tar­get­ing Kings County girls

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Af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing sev­eral com­plaints, the RCMP is warn­ing the pub­lic about a so­cial me­dia ex­tor­tion scam that is tar­get­ing girls in Kings County.

The Kings District RCMP re­sponded to a com­plaint in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple so­cial me­dia ac­counts ear­lier this week. The pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion has re­vealed that some­one gained ac­cess to the so­cial me­dia ac­counts of sev­eral girls.

In or­der to re­gain con­trol of their ac­counts, de­mands were made for provoca­tive pho­tos and-or videos or the log-in in­for­ma­tion for the so­cial me­dia ac­counts of friends. If the vic­tim did not com­ply, the scam­mer threat­ened to send out ex­plicit con­tent from the vic­tim’s so­cial me­dia ac­count. The in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

The Nova Sco­tia RCMP is ad­vis­ing the pub­lic of the scam in the event that it’s hap­pen­ing else­where in the prov­ince.

Nova Sco­tia RCMP pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Cpl. Jen­nifer Clarke said they are ask­ing any­one im­pacted by this scam to come for­ward and re­port it to po­lice.

“We also want to en­cour­age par­ents and guardians to talk to their chil­dren about what they are shar­ing on­line, the po­ten­tial risks as­so­ci­ated and how to pro­tect them­selves,” Clarke said. “Please know that our in­ves­ti­ga­tors ap­pre­ci­ate this can be em­bar­rass­ing but do not let that stop you from contacting us. We need this in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble to put a stop to it.”

To learn more about pro­tect­ing your­self on­line, visit https://www.get­cy­ber­safe.gc.ca/cnt/prtct-yrslf/in­dex-en-aspx. For re­sources on cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, go to https://no­vas­co­tia.ca/cy­ber­scan/.

Any­one who would like to speak to the po­lice about th­ese in­ci­dents is asked to con­tact the Kings District RCMP at 902-6795555 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should you wish to re­main anony­mous, call Nova Sco­tia Crime Stop­pers toll-free at 1-800-222TIPS (8477). Se­cure web tips can be sub­mit­ted at www.crimestop­pers.ns.ca or use the P3 Tips App.

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