RCMP warn of increase in ‘sextortion’ crime targeting online victims

RCMP in British Columbia are issuing a public warning following an increase in so-called “sextortion” cases.

Mounties in Richmond, B.C., say victims are befriended online through dating websites and are persuaded to perform intimate acts in front of web cameras, which are recorded without the victim’s knowledge.

Police say the suspect then threatens to release the recording online unless the victim pays.

RCMP are warning people to be wary of contacts made through dating websites.

Reluctance to meet in person is often a warning sign, along with agreeing to

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