In one incident, the intimate video was sent to the Facebook account of the victim’s mother

The South Simcoe Police Service is investigating multiple reports of people being targeted in a “sextortion” scam over social media.

Sextortion occurs when someone online threatens to send a sexual image or video of you to other people if you don’t pay the person or provide more sexual content.

In the incidents under investigation by SSPS, an adult male victim received a Facebook Friend/Facebook Message request from an account with a woman’s name. After only a few minutes of texting, the female asked to start a video chat.

During the video chat, the victim sent sexual images to the woman. The suspect immediately texted the victim and demanded money in exchange for the deletion of the video.  

She threatened to distribute the video to the man’s family and friends and post it on the internet if he did not comply. The suspect continued to pressure the victim by sending screenshots of his Facebook friends and names of his family members.

In one incident, the intimate video was sent to the Facebook account of the victim’s mother.

If you are the target of Facebook sextortion, here are some next steps:

  • Remain calm

  • Do not give in to the suspect’s demands for money

  • Cease contact

  • Save all communications with the suspect and any identifying information

  • Immediately report the incident to police

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