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Scam targets victims into sending explicit video/photos through social media

(Ryan Hyde / CC BY-SA 2.0/MGN)

The Curry County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident involving a 17-year-old who was blackmailed by a person into sending explicit video/photos through social media.

The Sheriff's Office says the victim was contacted through social media by a person using a fake profile on Facebook listing a "mutual friend."

"The scammer will then send a video request to the victim where the scammer is nude and requests the viewer to do the same. The scammer records the sexual video acts and sends the recording to the victim and threatens to publish the video/photos to the victim’s friends and family members that the scammer obtained via Facebook. The scammer offers a settlement of money in exchange for the video/photos to be deleted (most cases are between $1000-$5000)," CCSO said in a statement.

"Further research reveals that in many cases when the victim sends money, the scammer will continue to make threats to receive more money. In many cases, a fake profile is created by the scammer using the victim's name and profile picture. The scammer friend requests many of the victim’s family and friends and shares the explicit video and photos. The scammer also uploads the video via youtube.com. The scammer will continue to harass the victim with the video/pictures for weeks in many cases."

Deputies believe this case originated from out of the country and used an account that said the scammer was from Albany, Oregon.

Curry County Sheriff's Office is warning the public to be aware of this scam and not to be fooled by these type of scams. Anyone who has fallen victim to this scam is asked to call their local law enforcement agency.



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