Men are being targeted for blackmail on Facebook and local police are saying use common sense.

The East Algoma OPP is warning the public about a scam that seems to be targeting men on social media like Facebook, dating sites or pornographic websites.

Sextortion is where people are lured into an online relationship.

As the relationship builds, victims are encouraged to use the computer’s camera and the scammer will coerce the victim to perform a sexual act on webcam.

The victim is later advised that the event was recorded and to pay up or the video will be released publicly or sent to a list of friends.

Police say protect yourself by denying any requests to perform an illicit act over the internet and disable your webcam or any other camera when you are not using it.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, call police or report online at  .