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As more and more people use online dating apps, Strathcona County RCMP are advising to swipe with caution.

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RCMP said they want to remind residents to be aware of online dating sites and other social media platforms that deal with image and video sharing for a sexual purpose.

Investigators said some of these sites, without naming any specifically, have been asking the other party to send pictures or videos that have explicit images, which can lead to sextortion scams.

A sextortion scam is when a victim is being threatened or extorted to pay money and if they don’t, the explicit pictures or videos would then be sent to a person’s family, coworkers and social media friends.

RCMP said even if the money is paid, the extorter could still continue to push the victim for more money.

Strathcona County RCMP said one of the sites — Bumble — has been reported a few times and is being investigated locally.


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