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Fraud - Extortion and Pornographic Sites

The SPVM warns the population about “sextortion” fraud. This blackmail scam is not new but it is currently experiencing a resurgence, especially in Montréal. Be vigilant.

Method used by fraudsters

Fraudsters randomly contact people via different web platforms. The fraudsters convince the victims that they have video evidence in which the victims are engaging in sexual acts while viewing pornographic sites. The suspects threaten to publish the images if the victims do not pay them bitcoins.

Prevention tips

  • It is important not to respond to this type of threat.
  • Never give money in any form or disclose personal information.
  • Report the scam to your police department.
  • Notify the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre


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