SouthCoast teens could become victims of ‘sextortion’

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn said parents should educate themselves and their children about what the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls “sextortion” schemes that appear to target teens who use Internet.

“It’s imperative that parents talk to their children about online safety and the need to be wary of people they’ve just met through the internet or an app,” Quinn said. “It’s easy to make mistakes in life, especially when you’re young.”

The FBI warns that teens are increasingly falling victim to online sextortion schemes.

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The FBI says adult “scammers” could pose as girls to receive sexual images of boys and then blackmail them for money. The agency released a video explaining the program to educate parents and potential victims on how it all works.

The FBI says sextortion can have “devastating effects on young victims”.

“The exponential increase in the number of scammers, extortionists and criminals using the internet to prey on children and adults demands that we all become better informed about these issues and report issues to enforcement officials. laws when we are victims,” ​​Quinn said.

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The FBI says some young people are ashamed or afraid to report their situation because their scammers threatened to hurt them or their loved ones if they did.

“There’s no shame in making a mistake, but making that mistake worse by staying silent and getting sucked deeper into victimhood isn’t the answer,” Quinn said.

The FBI says there is a surefire way to stay safe.

“Never send compromising images of yourself to anyone, no matter who they are – or who they claim to be,” the office suggested.

Sounds like solid advice.

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