Protect yourself from sexual extortions on social media

Surrey

2022-07-26 10:38 PDT

Surrey RCMP is warning both youth and adults to be aware of an increase in online sexual extortions.

Between April 2022 and June 2022, Surrey RCMP received 40 reports of sexual extortions compared to 34 reports during the same time in 2021. Sextortion scams reported generally involved victims being coerced into sending money or performing sexual acts on camera. These scams can occur in as little as 20 minutes.

Commonly, males are targeted and deceived into believing they are communicating online with a female. Scammers create fake profiles on social media and dating websites, which they use to lure a person into performing sexual acts on camera. The scammer records the session and threatens to send the image or video to family, friends and/or other people unless they receive money or additional sexual content.

Offenders often share screen captures of the victim’s contacts or other identifying information (school, home address) so that the threat appears more credible and the victim is scared into complying with their request.

How to protect yourself

If you are a victim of sextortion:

Surrey RCMP conducts ongoing education and prevention sessions on topics such as online sexual exploitation, through programs such as Project Lavender and presentations from counsellors with the Family & Youth Resource Support Team (FYRST) on social media safety. To learn more or request a presentation, click on the program links for Project Lavender and FYRST.

Released by

Cst. Gurvinder Ghag

Media Relations Officer
Surrey Detachment
http://www.surreyrcmp.ca
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776

Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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