The Trail RCMP is sharing a warning that originated with the Nova Scotia RCMP regarding an online sexual exploitation scam targeting youth. Photo: Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

The Trail RCMP is sharing a warning that originated with the Nova Scotia RCMP regarding an online sexual exploitation scam targeting youth. Photo: Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

Trail RCMP warn of digital sexploitation scheme targeting youth

Police want to get the message out to victims that you are not alone.

Trail RCMP warn the public about a new “sextortion” tactic being used to target youth.

The scam involves a suspect placing an image of a young person’s face over a video or photo so it appears that the youth is nude or engaging in sexual acts.

The suspect threatens to send the images to the victim’s family and friends if they don’t send money or gift cards.

These scams may also involve a suspect doing the following in combination with the new tactic:

  • Contact a victim’s family via social media to show they can follow through on the threats made;
  • Create a fake social media account using the victim’s name to share video or photo with others;
  • Use photo filters from social media applications to make themselves appear younger.

The recent incidents reported were targeted at youth, however, adults may also be targeted.

Tips to help keep you and your children safe online:

  • Never answer video calls from people you don’t know;
  • If you mistakenly connect with someone you don’t know over livestream, immediately hang-up;
  • Always answer video calls with the camera turned off until you know who the person calling is.
  • If you or your child has been targeted, report it to your local police. There is help.
  • Immediately stop all communication with the suspect.
  • Ensure that you and/or your child do not comply with the threat.
  • Keep any correspondence between you or your child and the suspect.

Remember that you are not alone.

Police also advise the public that they can report child exploitation online and seek support at www.cybertip.ca.

The Cybertip website also allows the public to subscribe to alerts, which include notifications of new trends and safety tips for communicating with others online.

Read more: Greater Trail seniors encouraged to sign up for online safety workshop

Read more: Trail cops called to COVID contraventions



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