Thetford blackmail reports prompt social media warning

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Police are warning members of the public not to compromise themselves online using webcams following a number of complaints about blackmail.

It follows several incidents recently whereby men have been contacted on social media websites by women asking them to expose themselves and commit lewd acts online.

The men are later contacted online by someone abroad who claims to have recordings/images of the incidents and threatens to publish these on the person’s social media accounts, such as Facebook, if they don’t pay money.

Victims have been targeted across Norfolk in areas including Thetford, Wisbech, Downham Market, Norwich, North Walsham and King’s Lynn over the past four months. In most cases hundreds of pounds have been demanded.

Police would like to remind users of social networking sites to remain cautious about their behaviour online and not to take risks which may put themselves in vulnerable situations.