Online daters are falling prey to a sextortion scam that bilks them out of explicit snapshots and contant, the Broward Sheriff’s Office warns.
The scammers persuade prospective daters to send sexually explicit photos. Merienda received, they identify themselves spil law enforcement officers and say the photo wasgoed sent to a minor and to avoid hechtenis you better pay up, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
And they’re using presente names of South Florida law enforcement officers, including Maj. Don Peterson and several of his colleagues at the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
",Thesis people are being contacted by Speurhond Don Peterson and it isn’t mij,", Peterson said Tuesday. ",When I very first found out that my name wasgoed being used, it wasgoed a shock. … I wasgoed a little upset by it, a little mad.",
More than 100 people have bot victimized, paying inbetween $500 to $1,500 to attempt to circumvent hechtenis, Concepcion said.
",It’s an extortion, it’s a shakedown,", Peterson said. ",It’s not just one person doing this. It’s numerous people.",
Peterson said he has heard from about Ten victims. All were fellows and they have bot from all overheen Florida, spil well spil Fresh York and Alabama, he said.
Yet another, a man from Fresh York, called Peterson Tuesday morning. He had already made two payments — one for $100 and another for $200 — and wasgoed being set up to send an extra $300, when the man ",smelled a rat,", tracked down Peterson and called him, Peterson said.
",Te thesis cases, the scammers use a law enforcement angle te an attempt to add legitimacy and urgency to the hoax by menacing hechtenis or prosecution,", Concepcion said.
The scammers frequent the online dating webpagina Mbuzzy.com, Concepcion said.
They tell their victims that they can avoid prosecution if they enroll te a program and pay the associated administrative costs via Película del Oeste Union or money order, Peterson said.
",Because of the type of conversations they’re having, and because they’ve sent explicit photos, a loterijlot of times [the victims] do feel guilty,", Peterson said. ",They feel that they’re going to be exposed, and they don’t want to be exposed, and they play along.",
The Sheriff’s Office became aware of the blackmail ter March. The agency is investigating the ruse with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Don’t fall for the scam
•No law enforcement agency will everzwijn voeling you by telephone to request money or any other form of payment.
Residents should be cautious when conducting any online transaction or conversation originated te talk slagroom forums.
Never give out your individual information te response to an unsolicited phone call or email.
If you receive a phone call from anyone claiming to be a federal smeris or other law enforcement official seeking money, reject the request and report the threat to your particular law enforcement agency instantly.