Dorset Police has been online dating for the past 24 hours to raise awareness of sextortion.
The Force utilised Valentine’s Day, a peak time in the online dating community, to launch a profile to provide safety information for those most at risk of the newly emerging crime.
Almost 150 men aged 18-34 within the Dorset area interacted with ‘Amanda’, 26, from Wool throughout the campaign, which went live on Tinder and Bumble, although the latter took just minutes to remove the profile for breach of use, and Tinder less than a day.
The online account was made up of four bold emoji-based slides and an entertaining biography which were based on messages around the risks of sextortion.
Jake Moore, Cyber Crime Prevention Officer for Dorset Police, said part of the challenge in modern day policing is to find new ways to effectively communicate with the people the