Friday, May 13, 2016

"Sextortation" scams threaten young women, may leak into c.p. legally


Somewhat in the spirit of this little blog, It’s well to document the problem of “sextortion” (extortion).  Typically, a young adult or older minor, usually a female, gains the “trust” of someone who asks for sexually explicit photos.  Then the criminal threatens to release explicit photos in social media unless “ransom” is paid (there is a criminal investigation about such an incident at George Mason University in Fairfax VA now), or more sexually explicit material continues. It’s pretty obvious to common sense that such a scheme could include photography of minors and constitute child pornography distribution.
 
CNN has a typical story here.