Despite the proliferation of prevention campaigns, identity theft has seen a steady rise in recent years. In four years, from 2010 to 2013, identity theft increased from 68 to 942, Quebec. An increase of 1285%, according to figures obtained by TC Media.
Intertitre @ 08: Sextortion
@ 07 Text: According to the data obtained by TC Media, extortion cases have soared by 139% in five years. And it could only be the tip of the iceberg. This sudden increase is consistent with the repeated warnings of the police against the Sextortion, a form of computer phishing in which the sexual actions are taken and recorded without the knowledge of the victim.
Generally based in the US, the suspects who obtained incriminating pictures demanded a sum of money, threatening their victim to publish them on the Web, if it refuses to comply.
A document produced in May 2014 indicated that Interpol is difficult to measure this problem, but it appears that the victims of this crime are hundreds of thousands across the globe. And Quebec is no exception.
“It is difficult to have an accurate picture because in many cases the victims do not necessarily complain,” notes Sergeant Benoit Richard, spokesman for the Sûreté du Québec, adding that the number of who has access to the Internet is increasing around the world, especially in developing countries.
The extortion cases in Quebec jumped from 504 in 2009 to 1206 last year. After a lull between 2009 and 2011, cases for this category of crimes have increased from 2012 (717 cases) before jumping to 1 206 cases in 2013. In collaboration with Stephanie MacFarlane.