Police appeal to blackmail victims to come forward over online escort scam

Police have urged other blackmail victims to come forward.

Detectives in Antrim have issued an appeal to anyone who may have fallen victim to blackmail which involved an escort website to come forward after they made an arrest in the case.

The PSNI says it has received reports of from men who accessed a ‘Northern Ireland escort website’, where after talking or texting with a woman, they were threatened to pay up or details of their contact would be disclosed to their friends and family.

A 31-year-old woman has been arrested as part on suspicion of five counts of blackmail and is currently on police bail pending further enquiries.

However police believe there are more victims out there who have not contacted police due to the sensitive or embarrassing nature of the incidents - detectives are appealing for them to get in touch now.

“This type of crime is taken extremely seriously and anyone coming to police with information can be reassured that they will be treated professionally and their information will be treated in confidence,” a PSNI spokesperson said.

Detectives in Antrim can be contacted on 101 or a report can be made online at http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.