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Journal Pioneer - 2021-11-24

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P.E.I. RCMP continue investigation after more sextortion scams reported

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CHARLOTTETOWN - Police are continuing to investigate several incidents of online extortion first reported in July. In a Nov. 18 release, RCMP said they have received at least 10 reports since July 31 from Islanders who were extorted after accepting social media friend requests from strangers. After exchanging sexual conversations, victims were then asked to share intimate photos with the stranger. However, immediately after the photos were sent, the stranger would threaten to distribute the images to the person’s contact list unless they received money. In some cases, the images were shared with some of the complainant’s social media contacts. In September, Mounties confirmed they had received six reports of similar incidents but have since seen more. Anyone who is a victim of a similar crime or has information that may help the investigation is asked to contact their local police force or tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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