Blackmail warning in North Yorkshire

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Police have issued an urgent warning after three men in North Yorkshire were blackmailed by a woman claiming to be called Cathy Wong.

The woman befriended them on Facebook, enticing them into performing an indecent act which she recorded on video.

Police say she has then told the men, all students in York, that her grandmother is ill and asked them to send £3,000, threatening to upload the video if they refuse.

It is believed that the scam is occurring world wide, however these are the first cases reported in the Yorkshire area, say police.