Crime Shorts: Internet Sextortion
Sextortion is a crime that often targets teenagers, especially teenage boys.
Criminals use social media to trick their victims into believing they are communicating with a potential partner, and then persuade them to send explicit pictures or videos of themselves. The offenders extort money by threatening to share these images with the victim’s family and friends.
Unfortunately, victims often blame themselves and tend not to report what happened. If you or someone you know is a victim of sextortion, please contact your local police directly. Do not send any more explicit content or money. Block the individual as soon as possible and do not delete any of the accounts used to communicate with these criminals.
If you have any information on sextortion or any other crime, and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS, or online at crimenb.ca.
The public plays an important role in helping to reduce, prevent and solve crime. Anyone with information about, or who suspects, illegal activity in their neighbourhood is asked to contact their local police. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Tips Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.