SUSPECTS SOUGHT FOR EXTORTION USING DATING APP

Updated: August 26, 2022

Detectives are looking to identify two suspects related to an extortion investigation that took place on a dating application last month.

The suspects created a profile on the dating app Grindr to meet their victim in July. During the conversation, they gathered personal and private information about their victim. The suspects then provided false information and arranged to meet their victim in person. When they met, they used the information they gathered to threaten and then extort their victim of more than $2,500.

The profile names used by the suspects were “Jay” and “Oliver.”

“We are concerned that there may be other similar incidents that have yet to be reported,” said Cst Markus Anastasiades.

Saanich Police encourage anyone with information or that may have been affected in a similar manner to contact Detective Constable Dane Nicholson of the Major Crime Unit at [email protected] or by phone at 250-475-4321. Those wanting to make a report anonymously can contact the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477.

Grindr Profile:

File: 22-15748

Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information & Communications Officer
[email protected]

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