'Cyber Crime Unit' Scam Phone Call Warning
Warwickshire residents have received scam phone calls claiming to be from the 'Cyber Crime Unit'.
The campaign offers advice to young people affected by this crime.
Has someone you have only met online asked you to send them sexual photos and/or videos, or perform sexual acts via webcam? Is this person asking you to keep your contact secret, threatening to post the photos or videos of you on the internet or share them with your friends and family if you don’t send more or pay money?
This is a crime. It is called online sexual coercion and extortion.
Europol have launched a new campaign encouraging young people who are targeted by criminals to send sexual photos or videos of themselves, called #SayNo. To help launch the campaign, Europol have released a video highlighting these crimes, affecting both young males and females.
When targeting a minor, offenders have two main motivations:
An economic interest, where the objective is to gain financially from the extortion.
Advice If You Are Affected
More information about this crime can be found on the Europol website.
If you are a concerned parent, teacher, carer or peer, you can get advice on what you can do to help also on the Europol website.