New extortion scam involving a “cartel” making the rounds in HRM

Halifax Regional Police have recently received a number of reports in relation to a new extortion scam circulating in the Halifax area.

Scammers call or text victims, accuse them of attempting to use an escort service and demand payment. The scammers then claim to be members of a “cartel” and send graphic photos depicting violence. They threaten to harm the victim or their loved ones if they do not respond and/or deliver the money.

Police believe the scammers are randomly contacting people and the people targeted have not necessarily contacted an escort service. This scam, which has circulated in other parts of the country, is an attempt to intimidate and pressure people into providing money.

Police advise anyone who receives a similar call or text to not respond or provide any money or personal information. Police also recommend you block the number and avoid opening unsolicited text messages from unfamiliar numbers.

You should contact police at 902-490-5020 to file a report if you are concerned for your safety or have lost money as a result of this scam.

You can report a scam where you haven’t been a victim to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501.

Source: Release

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