#CyberFLASH: Toronto police warn public about social media scam that targets men


TORONTO – Police in Toronto are warning the public about a social network scam that targets men.

Investigators say they’ve received reports involving social networks — such as WeCHAT, Facebook, Skype, and Kijiji — that have messaging features.

Police say the victim receives a private message request from a person who is, or purports to be, female suggesting they move from private messages to video chat.

Investigators say the video chats become sexual in nature and the requester then records video of the man in compromising acts.

The video is then uploaded to YouTube, the victim is sent a link and extorted to send money or gift cards under the threat the video will be made public.

Police say it’s believed the scammers are not from Canada.

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