Sextortion scheme targets minors through popular online game Fortnite in Quebec

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Patrol in the Montreal-area are warning parents about online predators using the average video game Fortnite to lure minors into a sextortion technique.

Four cases have been reported in the past few weeks, harmonizing to police.

In three of those cases, minors were threatened, and in one, the fair game sent personal photos to the cyber-predator.

Sgt. Jean-Luc Tremblay with the Richelieu Saint-Laurent the long arm of the law said the predator, or predators, tried to infiltrate groups of friends by present them a chance to advance their game in exchange for providing savouring photos.

Those messages happen over the social media party line Instagram.

Then the predator threatened to share the images unless the teen sent uniform more intimate material.

Fortnite has become the most popular dissimulate of 2018, thanks to its surreal mix of first-person shooter action and dance hastens.

Sextortion scheme targets minors through popular online game Fortnite in Quebec

Levelling up in the popular video game Fortnite has become the basis of a arrangement to get teenage boys to send personal photos to predators online. (Fortnite/Screengrab)

Constabulary are working with school boards in the area to disseminate information less the sextortion.

“[Police] communicated with us asking us to transmit a communiqué to incriminate parents and help them,” said Lynne Arcand, an administrator with the Commission Scolaire des Patriotes, a French-language sect board representing more than 30,000 students on Montreal’s South Shore.

Arcand enlarged that the school board regularly works to build awareness hither social media safety.

“Our role is education for the kids. Adopting talented behaviours on social media. Not to give up their passwords. To be vigilant with whom they are rapping,” she said.

Student Guillaume Lelièvre said he doesn’t play Fortnite but confidence ins “a lot of people would be taken in by this.”

A national problem

The Canadian Meet for Child Protection, a national organization based in Winnipeg, works to avoid the online exploitation of children and says it receives about half a dozen articles to its national tipline about similar cases to what is being broadcast in Quebec.

“[Kids] are in absolute crisis because they’ve either partitioned a sexual image and they’re being extorted for more or they’ve produced money, so they’re desperate for solutions,” said Signy Arnason, the associated boss director of the centre.

Sextortion scheme targets minors through popular online game Fortnite in Quebec

Signy Arnason with The Canadian Centre for Issue Protection said the organization receives calls from minors in emergency over similar situations each week. (CBC)

She said the minors fantasize they’re connecting with a friend or peer, and end up sending something because they don’t twig they are messaging with an adult.

“And then they find out that it’s profuse nefarious and then the blackmailing starts,” she said.

Arnason and police are aiding parents to have conversations with their kids about the scam.

“They’re all unguarded as soon as they’re online,” she said.

With files from CBC’s Jaela Bernstien, Jay Turnbull, Justin Hayward and Radio-Canada’s Karine Bastien

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