Sextortion scams: FBI warns of schemes targeting teenage boys in effort to extort money

Sextortion scams: FBI warns of schemes targeting teenage boys in effort to extort money

CHICAGO (TOC) — Authorities are warning of an elevated threat of “sextortion” schemes.

The video featured is from a earlier report.

The FBI Chicago Subject Workplace says a majority of these schemes are focusing on teenage boys in our space.

Scammers are posing as younger women and reaching out to boys by social media. Then, the scammers ask the boys to provide sexual pictures and movies.

After the scammers have these pictures, they threaten to share them they usually attempt to extort cash from the boys and their households.

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Shopper Investigator Jason Knowles uncovered sextortion instances in September of 2019 and spoke to the FBI concerning the current alert.

“Don’t ship an image, or a video or a reside stream that you simply would not need your grandparents, your mother and father or your folks to see,” stated Wesley Tagtmeyer, an Supervisory Particular Agent with the FBI.

Tagtmeyer additionally stated to by no means pay the extortion cash.

“Properly, as a result of the victimization can proceed,” he stated. “You realize, not solely do they proceed with the threats, however as quickly as you pay them, you understand, X quantity of {dollars}, they will ask for an increasing number of.”

The FBI says in 2021 there have been greater than 18,000 sextortion-related complaints, with losses near $14 million. When you’re a sufferer, inform a trusted grownup and report it to the FBI Web Grievance Middle.

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