Over the last two months RCIPS has seen a rise in the number of reported “sextortion” cases, which are usually linked to the sharing of indecent images on social media platforms, such as Facebook.
The term “sextortion” relates to the practice of trying to extort money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of sexual behavior, including nude images.
The perpetrator will threaten release of images obtained from the victim, to the victim’s family, work or contacts on social media. The perpetrator (in almost all cases from abroad) will demand payment in exchange for not sharing the images, and will often make contact with someone from the victim’s friends list.
RCIPS advise the public to never share indecent images of yourself online. Once these images are released, they are out of your control and can be freely shared on the internet. Furthermore, if you do find yourself a victim of this type of digital crime, do not pay a ransom, and delete all accounts that are linked to the perpetrator.
For further information on digital crime please contact RCIPSDFH@rcips.ky.