Public Alert: Do not fall victim to online video chat blackmail
A complete stranger tries to “friend” you on Facebook. Your curiosity gets the better of you and you accept the friend request. Your new “friend” then invites you to chat on Skype. Next thing you know, your online chat turns sexual and your new “friend” now has a sexually explicit video recording of you. Your “friend” then threatens to share the video to your network of friends, family and/or colleagues and/or threatens to publically share the video on YouTube, if you don’t comply with a demand to send money.
The North Bay Police Service advises the public to be vigilant when accepting friend requests on Facebook from complete strangers. If you do fall victim to blackmail as described above, do not send money. Contact police to report the incident.
Skype instructions – How to block and report abusive behaviour
If you are the victim of abusive behaviour (threats, blackmail and/or harassment) on Skype from another Skype user, follow these steps:
- Block the user by right-clicking on the contact name and clicking Block this person.
- Tick the box for Report abuse.
- Tick the box for Remove from your Contact list.
- Click the Block button.
Visit https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA10001/how-do-i-report-abuse-by-someone-in-skype for more detailed informatoin.
Facebook instructions – How to block someone:
As per Facebook’s “Help Center,” found at: https://www.facebook.com/help/290450221052800:
1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page.
2. Click on the question: How do I stop someone from bothering me?
3. Enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click Block.
4. If you entered a name, select the specific person you want to block from the list that appears.
If you can’t find someone using this method, try going to the person’s profile and selecting Block from the menu on their cover photo.
Facebook – How to report abuse
The best way to report abusive content or spam to Facebook is by using the Report link that appears near the content itself. Visit https://www.facebook.com/help/181495968648557 to get details on how to report abusive profiles, posts, posts on your timeline, photos, videos, messages, pages, groups, ads, events, questions, or comments.
You’re not on Facebook but you’re a victim of abuse on the site?
If you can’t report something on Facebook because you don’t have a Facebook account or you can’t see whatever you’re trying to report, visit https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/274459462613911 to complete an online form to report the abuse to Facebook. This may include someone pretending to be you, someone using your email address for his/her Facebook account, someone using your or your child’s photo on his/her Facebook account without permission, or someone is threatening to share things about you that you want to keep private.