Police have reported another sextortion, this one in Norfolk.
A man and woman met online and began to correspond. During the course of conversation, the female began to engage in sexually explicit acts and asked for explicit photographs and videos of the male, which were sent.
A demand for approximately $10,000 was then made by the woman or else photographs and video would be distributed to the victim’s family along with all of his social media contacts and various social media websites.
No funds were sent and police were contacted Friday.
Police are again warning all computer users to beware. Having an online face-to-face conversation with someone is gaining in popularity and everyone needs to be vigilant when engaging in on-line video chats.
Video chatting allows you to see and hear whom you’re talking to. All you need is a webcam and a computer with an Internet connection. You log into your IM or social network and enable the video chatting. You can’t be anonymous.
The fact is that your face is right there for all to see, but it’s not just your face that’s on show. Anything else can be, too. That means that some behaviour — and some body parts — that you don’t want to exhibit could end up on display. The screen only lets you see what the other person wants you to see.
Another danger is that anyone can take a live video. This means that they can permanently have a video of you.
“Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back,” Says Inspector Joseph Varga, Detachment Commander, Norfolk County OPP.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.