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RCMP warn of new sextortion tactic targeting youth

June 9, 2021 – Nova Scotia RCMP are warning the public about the emergence of a new sextortion tactic that’s lately been used against youth across Canada.

In a news release issued Wednesday, police said they’ve received reports of scammers superimposing an image of a victim’s face over a video or photo so it appears the person is nude or engaging in sexual acts.

What follows are threats to the victim of sharing the doctored images with friends and family, unless the victim sends money or gift cards.

In some instances, police said, scammers may contact the victim’s family or friends via social media to show that they can follow through on the threat. They may also create fake social media accounts in the victim’s name, or use photo filters to make themselves look younger.

Police said the recent reports were targeted at youth but adults are not immune. CBC News reports. | READ MORE