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Norfolk OPP caution after porn email extortion scam

January 2, 2019 (Courtesy of CBC.ca)-Ontario Provincial Police are asking members of the public to familiarize themselves with email scams after one targeted a Norfolk County resident.

On Saturday, police received a call from a concerned resident about an email they received from an unknown person demanding money.

The email indicated the user was aware of the adult porn websites visited by the female victim. The email suggested if money wasn’t sent then pictures of the adult sites would be forwarded to everyone in the victim’s contact list.

The victim realized this was a scam and didn’t send money or personal information and immediately contacted police.

Police said these messages are common and shared the following protection tips:

  • Never download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent to you through an email
  • Update your anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly
  • Don’t click on links or attachments in emails sent to you by someone you don’t know
  • Turn on your browser’s pop up blocking feature
  • Never click on a pop up that claims your computer has a virus

Police urge residents to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca if they receive a scam email.