OTTAWA — Police in Gatineau, Que., are warning about a scam in which women convince men they meet online to strip during webcam conversations, then blackmail them for cash.
The scam is targeted at men who regularly use online dating sites.
Police say a woman starts chatting up a man on the site and convinces him to go on webcam with her.
After initial pleasantries, she suggests he should disrobe.
Over the course of their flirtatious exchanges, the man eventually takes off all of his clothes.
Once it's deemed he's in a sexually compromising position, the blackmailing begins.
The suspect threatens she'll post his nude photos all over the Internet if he doesn't hand over a hefty sum of money.
Over the past couple of weeks, police have had several men complain about falling for such a scam.
Police say these are challenging cases to solve, mainly because the female suspects live overseas.