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Norfolk OPP Investigating Extortion Case

Norfolk OPP are warning the public to be extremely careful when sharing images and videos on the internet as they continue to investigate another case of extortion.

NORFOLK COUNTY - Norfolk OPP are warning the public to be extremely careful when sharing images and videos on the internet. 

They are currently investigating a case of extortion that was first reported on Tuesday morning. Police say the victim was getting several harassing text messages from various unknown numbers.

The victim was told they needed to pay $500 or they were going to share naked photos of them on social media. No funds were sent and police were immediately contacted.

Police are warning all computer users to beware. We live in a connected world where it's easy to feel as if our far-away friends are right next door. Having a face-to-face conversation with someone is gaining in popularity and everyone needs to be vigilant when engaging in on-line video chats.

Video chatting allows you to see and hear whom you're talking to. All you need is a webcam and a computer with an Internet connection. You log into your IM or social network and enable the video chatting. You can't be anonymous with video chatting.

Video chatting allows you to see and hear whom you're talking to. All you need is a webcam and a computer with an Internet connection. You log into your IM or social network and enable the video chatting. You can't be anonymous with video chatting.

The fact that your face is right there for all to see, but it's not just your face that's on show. Anything else can be, too. That means that some behavior -- and some body parts -- that you don't want to exhibit could end up on display.

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

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