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Police Warn Of Sextortion Scam In Haliburton

KAWARTHA LAKES-Haliburton County OPP is warning area residents of an sextortion scam that has been occurring in the area.

Police say the suspect(s) uses fake profiles on social media and dating sites. They will invite the victim(s) to participate in casual online conversations and then the chat becomes sexual and the victim is asked to send sexually explicit photographs of themselves or engage in sexual activity that is unknowingly being recorded by the suspect. Once this is complete, the suspect will demand a sum of money or they will expose the explicit photos or video to the victim’s friends, family and co-workers online.

To prevent this police recommend you do not add unknown people to your social media accounts that could enable them access to your personal information.

Police encourage victims of this type of exploitation or similar crimes to report the incident. More information on internet safety can be found online by visiting:

getcybersafe.gc.ca

https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

 

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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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