Waterloo Region, Ontario – Waterloo Regional Police are issuing a warning after receiving reports of various threatening text and social media scams throughout Waterloo Region.
Since January 1, 2023, Waterloo Regional Police have received 16 reports of extortion-type scams involving unknown suspects.
In one case, police received a report on January 12, 2023, in which an unknown individual(s) texted and called the victim demanding money and threatened to cause harm to the victim if they did not comply.
The scammers then sent various threatening and disturbing images to the victim in an effort to force the victim to send money.
In other scams, fraudsters have contacted victims online and through social media. The scammers build a relationship with the victims in an attempt to receive intimate images.
Once the images are sent, the fraudsters threaten to make the images public if they do not receive money.
Do not send money and follow these tips:
- Block unknown calls or text messages
- Do not add anyone on social media that you do not know
- Look out for misspelled email addresses, websites, or messages
- Do not click on suspicious attachments or links
- Do not provide personal information, including financial information, to anyone you do not know
For information on the sharing of intimate images, visit https://bit.ly/3F8ZBVz.
For online safety tips and information, visit https://bit.ly/2EMawJ1.
The investigations are ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777.
To provide anonymous information, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit online at www.waterloocrimestoppers.com.
Occ: 23-011489 (910)
Waterloo Regional Police Service
Public Information Unit
519-570-9777 (W.R.P.S.) ext. 8188
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