Newtownabbey public warned of ‘spike in online sextortion’

Newtownabbey residents are being alerted to a rise in sextortion scams.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 10:24 am

The warning comes from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, which is backing a police awareness campaign following the increase.

In a statement yesterday (Wednesday), council said: “Police Service of Northern Ireland has made us aware of a recent spike in incidents of online sextortion.

“Sextortion is a form of blackmail where a criminal threatens to reveal intimate images of the victim unless they give in to their demands. These demands are usually money or further intimate pictures.

“For information on protecting yourself from this type of scam and what to do if you become a victim, please click here

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