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Police warn people not to ‘engage in risky online behaviour’ after two Ontario men caught in extortion trap

A woman — who turned out to be a man — sent the victim a recording of his actions and threatened to post the graphic video on public sites unless a payment was made. Thinkstock / Getty

National Post

Canadian Press
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

Police say two young Toronto-area men found themselves caught in an extortion trap after exposing themselves online.

Durham region police say a 21-year-old Whitby man was convinced by a woman he’d just met in an online chat room to take off his clothes and fondle himself on a webcam.

Moments later, the woman — who turned out to be a man — sent the victim a recording of his actions and threatened to post the graphic video on public sites and send it to all of the victim’s friends unless a payment of 500 euros (C$690) was made.

The amount was paid, but when the young man received demands for even more money, he called police.

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