Protect yourself from sexual extortions on social media

North Vancouver

2022-10-05 10:16 PDT

North Vancouver RCMP is warning both youth and adults to be aware of an increase in online sexual extortions and to have parents talk to their kids about the dangers of sex extortions.

Sextortion scams reported generally involved victims being coerced into sending money or performing sexual acts on camera. These scams can occur in as little as 20 minutes.

Commonly, males are targeted and deceived into believing they are communicating online with a female. Scammers create fake profiles on social media and dating websites, which they use to lure a person into performing sexual acts on camera. The scammer records the session and threatens to send the image or video to family, friends and/or other people unless they receive money or additional sexual content.

Offenders often share screen captures of the victim’s contacts or other identifying information (school, home address) so that the threat appears more credible and the victim is scared into complying with their request.

Officers from our Youth Intervention unit will be partaking in presentations in the upcoming weeks to students in North Vancouver School District about the dangers of Sexual extortions.

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Media Relations Unit
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-969-7321
Cell: 778-228-1619

Email: nvan_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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