Toronto police are warning the public about an alleged online extortion scam using fake dating profiles to lure victims into compromising video chats.
This type of online extortion has been reported with increasing frequency, police added.
"We decided to target toplevel managers, executives and professionals," says Eligon spokeswoman Tatiana Khanberg.
"Dating websites can lead to awkward situations for them.
They use other people's photos and use locations to appear close to their target — when they are actually from outside of Canada. When a victim initiates contact or is contacted by the suspects, they engage in what police describe as "age- and social- appropriate social/flirtatious chats." The chats then become sexual, and t During the video chats, the victim is encouraged to undress or engage in sexual behaviours, police said.
Once the victim engages in compromising behaviour in front of the camera, the video chat will stop.
Tom, who asked that his real name not be used, is a divorced stockbroker in his 0s who has signed on to Eligon.