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Men being targeted on Instagram blackmail sex scam

The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police is warning the public about a scam that seems to be targeting young men on social media and dating sites.

Constable Bev Gauthier says there are ways to protect oneself by denying any requests to perform an illicit act over the internet, disabling your webcam or any other camera when you are not using it and considering carefully who you share explicit videos and photographs with.

She adds sextortion is where people are lured into an online relationship and as it builds, victims are encouraged to use the computer’s camera and the scammer will coerce the victim to perform a sexual act on a webcam.

Gauthier says the victim is later advised that the event was recorded and to pay a fee or the video will be released publicly or sent to a list of friends.

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Victims are encouraged to call the police for further investigation.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority and the Canadian

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