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Media Release

Release Date: July 14th, 2020 - 12:57pm

Originator: Detective, Mark Brewster, 1 District Criminal Investigation Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext 2420

Contact: D/Constable, Ian Lynn, 1 District Criminal Investigation Bureau, 905-825-4747 extension 2442

Location: Milton and Halton Hills


Police Warn of Increase in Online Extortion Incidents

​Since the early summer of 2020, the Halton Regional Police Service - 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau has seen an increase in online extortion investigations.

A common theme in these investigations starts with a message from an unknown sender to a victim which leads to private conversations in applications such as Snap Chat or Instagram.  The suspect will then attempt to extort the victim for money, with images or video they obtained through the chat.

Halton Police would like to remind the community of the importance of safe internet practices to avoid becoming the victim of such scams. Some tips include:

-Avoid engaging in conversations with strangers.

-Avoid engaging in compromising behaviour online. 

-Do not to do anything on camera that you're not comfortable with your friends or family seeing.

Anyone with information regarding these types of offences is asked to contact Detective Constable Ian Lynn of the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext 2442.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.  "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca. ​