The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it believed it was also significantly under-reported and actual numbers of victims were likely much higher.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said the rise in cases was “worrying”.
“Sextortion” is a form of blackmail where criminals use fake identities to befriend victims online before persuading them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam.
The images are recorded by the criminals who then threaten to share them with the victims’ friends and family unless they give in to their demands for payment.
Err, wise advice therefore being don’t whack one off to a stranger on the internet.
Going to rather kill Chat Roulette’s business model but still…