Updated: 02/14/2013 01:08

Cyber extortion cases spiked in 2012

Cyber extortion cases spiked in 2012

Police say there was a near five-fold increase in the number of cyber extortion cases involving foreign female suspects last year.

More than 50 cases were reported compared to just 11 in 2011.

Police say the suspects attempted to extort money from the victims after threatening to post photographs or videos of the victims online following a cyber-sex session over webcam.

The suspects target social networking websites like Tagged.com or Facebook.

The public is advised to take preventive measures when interacting online. 

These include being wary of messages from unknown people who want to be friends. 

Also, if anyone attempts to extort money from you or should you become a victim of such an attempt, call the police immediately

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