Extortion Being Investigated In Norfolk County

OPP say an 18-year-old man started to video chat after he was contacted by an unknown woman through text messaging. The victim engaged in sexually explicit acts over video chat and then was told these acts were recorded and money was demanded.

NORFOLK COUNTY  -Norfolk County OPP is warning and reminding the public to be extremely careful when sharing photos and videos online after a report of an extortion at a home in the area.

Police received a call from a concerned parent after midnight on May 21st who reported an extortion.

An 18-year-old man began to video chat after being contacted by an unknown woman through text messaging. The victim engaged in sexually explicit acts while speaking over a video chat.

The victim was then contacted and informed the acts were recorded and money was demanded. It was indicated by the suspect that the money would prevent the video from being released and distributed to the victim's family, plus with all of his contacts on social media and various social media websites. The money was not sent and police were immediately contacted.

Police are warning all computer users to beware. They say we live in a connected world where it's easy to feel as if our friends from far away are right next door. Having a conversation with someone face-to-face is becoming more popular and everyone needs to be vigilant when engaging in video chats online.

Video chatting allows you to see and hear who you're talking to. and all you need is a webcam and a computer with an internet connection. 

The fact that your face is right there for all to see, but it's not just your face being shown as anything else can be, too. That means that some behavior, and body parts, that you don't want to show could end up being seen.

The screen only lets you see what the other person wants you to see. Another danger is that anyone can take a live video and this means  they can have a video of you for good.

Inspector and Detachment Commander Joseph Varga says to be aware of having chats online.

"Police are urging all computer users to be aware of the dangers of engaging in online web chats where explicit conversations and photographs are shared. Once it's out there, you can't get it back."

Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the OPP at 1 -888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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