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#283120 by Bryon Williams Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:14 pm
Blackmail Scams/Sextortion Scams.

There are various types of these scams. I will explain a few.

Many Social Media Sites such as Skype, Kik, Facebook, Pof and Chatroulette are a home for Scammers and Thieves to use to scam by using threats of fear and/or criminal charges.

This scam involves 'grooming' a potential victim into sending compromising photographs/video to the scammer - In some scams the scammer/thief will, initially, send compromising pictures which he/she will say are of him/her -- these will be stolen from elsewhere

Types of blackmail/sextortion scams:

Threatening to send your images to your Facebook friends and family.

Scammer will meet you on a social media site and ask to exchange compromising images. He may have asked prior or will ask later to be added to your Facebook account.

Now the scam begins. He will tell you to send money via Moneygram, Western Union, Amazon gift card, Prepaid scratch off card or any other untraceable method to him.

He will tell you if you do not comply he will send the photo’s to your Facebook friends list.

Another version of this scam is Under Age girls/boys.

The scammer will meet you again on a social media site. He/she will tell you they are over the age of 18. As you progress communicating with this person/scammer he will ask to exchange indecent photographs/video.

After you exchange photo’s you will be contacted by the scammers fake "Father" or "Mother". They will tell you that you sent pictures to an under age girl/boy. They will want you to send money for therapy or for them not to go to the police. In some cases the scammer has contacted victim pretending to be Law Enforcement, possibly going as far as to spoof the number of a real local Law Enforcement department to make it appear that they are calling.

There are also seen cases where a scammer pretends to an online agent looking for pedophiles. This scam is using the same payment methods mentioned above. The Scammer will tell you that if you pay them they will not report it.

Recommended Actions:

It is best to stop all contact with the scammers. Ignore his calls and messages.

Ignore all demands for money. If you pay the scammer he will continue to blackmail you. You will only stop paying when you go broke or realize you are being scammed.

Deactivate your Facebook account for two weeks. Change your photo or avatar when you reactivate it or get a new one. Also change your user name. Do not accept requests from anyone you have never met.

Do the above for all social media and Skype.

You may have to change your phone numbers.

File a report with your local law enforcement agency and to one of the following below if possible.

USA: IC3 - http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Canada: Anti Fraud Center - http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifr ... index.shtm
UK: Action Fraud - http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

For members serving US Navy & Marines personnel, you can report it to the Naval Criminal Investigative Services as follows:
Your local NCIS Office can be foudn at http://www.ncis.navy.mil

Text "NCIS" + your tip info to
Crimes (274637)

"Tip Submit" Android and iPhone App
Select NCIS as Agency

NCIS Hotline 1-877-579-3648

Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Russell-Knox Building
27130 Telegraph Road
Quantico, VA 22134

If you cannot report to NCIS, notify your security officer, supervisor, or command. Per DoDD 5240.06, they are
required to notify NCIS within 72 hours.

Link to further information (PDF file) on sextortion produced by the NCIS - http://www.ncis.navy.mil/PublishingImag ... hure_4.pdf


Media Reports: http://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-professo ... d=18814474

https://www.army.mil/article/158108/cid ... mail_scams

http://fox13now.com/2017/01/12/logan-po ... tion-scam/

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-onl ... story.html

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/10/1 ... up-at-umd/

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/fairfax ... /184933229

Further reading posted by Dotti: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=18484

I sent intimate photos/video to my scammer or he says he recorded my activities on webcam, and now he is threatening to publish them. What can I do?
Unfortunately, there is not much you can do. The only advice we can give you is not to give in to blackmail demands, and once again, cut off ALL contact with the scammer. If he cannot reach you, he cannot blackmail you. If he knows that he has power over you, he will continue to abuse that power and demand more and more money. He may promise to destroy the photos/video, but remember he is a liar and a thief, and his promises are worth nothing.

The truth is, in most cases the scammer will not follow through with this threat, because following through will cost him time and money. If he tries to post anything pornographic, most public sites would delete it anyway. In the unlikely event that he does post something, you need to be proactive and contact the site immediately to have it removed. Depending on the threats, you may want to file a report with law enforcement.

Just remember for the future that any photo or video you give to ANYONE is out of your control, and anything you do on webcam can be recorded. This particular issue is not exclusive to scammers - the internet is full of stories of angry people who posted intimate details or photos/video of ex-partners after a relationship ended badly.



If you sent or received nudes knowing or believing that you were communicating with a minor the above does not apply to you.

In this situation, we are not willing/nor will assist you.
.


https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/c ... ornography

Notably, the legal definition of sexually explicit conduct does not require that an image depict a child engaging in sexual activity. A picture of a naked child may constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive. Additionally, the age of consent for sexual activity in a given state is irrelevant; any depiction of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal.
Last edited by Bryon Williams on Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:48 pm, edited 12 times in total. Reason: Added NCIS.

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#283878 by Anuboy23 Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:18 pm
Yea so a similar situation happened do to me just recently , where I contacted a girl on pof saying she is 18 then later on tells me she is 17 after she sent me a nude (I didn't ask ) . But she requested one from me and I'm not going to send my body so I take a fake pic off google and send it , then we stopped contact. About a week later her "father " contacts me saying I'm in big trouble and says we can not press charges of u give me 700!to deactivate her phone. Or he will report me to the authorities , then he later states he also needs money for his daughter for a program to rehabilitate her cause she's scarred and all that . Is this a scam? Should I give u the numbers he called from and there name ? Thank you . I lo foward Tia reply
#283883 by HillBilly Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:33 pm
Anuboy23 wrote: Is this a scam? Should I give u the numbers he called from and there name ? Thank you . I lo foward Tia reply

yes, it is a scam. Please post the phone #'s, email addresses, and any other information you may have about these scammer(s) so that others may be warned about them using a search engine.

Do not tell the scammer(s) you know they are attempting to scam you. Do not tell them they are listed here. Do not tell them that instead of you being arrested they are the ones committing blackmail, and they would be arrested if they report it. Just block the #'s from your phone, and be careful of any new ones that send you messages relating to the situation.

#283914 by Anuboy23 Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:27 pm
Numbers are 2135073506, 7023570347, 7023570562, 8434246632. He and his wife claim there name is James and cielita Anderson . Partial why I thought it was a scam too was the first time he called me he sounded like a white dude(not being racist) then the next time he called me from one of this different numbers up there and sounded black. He called me from myrtle beach, SC , then Nevada then LA if u need anymore information let me know
#284750 by John dough$ Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:38 pm
Anuboy23 wrote:Yea so a similar situation happened do to me just recently , where I contacted a girl on pof saying she is 18 then later on tells me she is 17 after she sent me a nude (I didn't ask ) . But she requested one from me and I'm not going to send my body so I take a fake pic off google and send it , then we stopped contact. About a week later her "father " contacts me saying I'm in big trouble and says we can not press charges of u give me 700!to deactivate her phone. Or he will report me to the authorities , then he later states he also needs money for his daughter for a program to rehabilitate her cause she's scarred and all that . Is this a scam? Should I give u the numbers he called from and there name ? Thank you . I lo foward Tia reply

////////// this happened to me was it a small white girl with blonde hair? The pof profile was took down after we started texting but her name was Missysosweet. If this has happened to you or anyone else please let me know "dad" is claiming to call police unless I pay for treatment center because she is suicidal. Phone number of her dad is 702-331-3291
#284753 by Bryon Williams Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:11 pm
Welcome to Scamwarners,

Stop all contact with everyone involved.

Block their calls or change your number. Do not answer calls from unknown numbers.

Close the account where you met the scammer.

Deactivate your facebook account for two weeks. Also all your other social media accounts. Change your avatars when you reactivate. Do not accept request from people you do not know personally.

Do not tell the scammer why you are stopping. Just ignore calls, text and emails. Eventually he will go away.

Do not pay the bribe.

bryonwilliams @ scamwarners.com

Please do not tell the scammer he is posted here.

Find email headers: http://www.iptrackeronline.com/how-to-e ... eaders.php

How to post photos: http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewto ... =28&t=3219
#284755 by HillBilly Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:44 pm
Gosh, with all the Verizon #'s coming up.... i have to wonder if these scammers work for Verizon and get an employee discount..... It is one of the most expensive carriers out there..... :shock:

(213) 507-3506
Owner's name hidden for privacy reasons
Owner is based in Los Angeles, CA
Mobile - Verizon Wireless

(702) 357-0347
Owner's name hidden for privacy reasons
Owner is based in Laughlin, NV
Mobile - Verizon Wireless

(702) 357-0562
Owner's name hidden for privacy reasons
Owner is based in Laughlin, NV
Mobile - Verizon Wireless

(843) 424-6632
Owner's name hidden for privacy reasons
Owner is based in Myrtle Beach, SC
Mobile - Sprint

(803) 728-7632
Owner's name hidden for privacy reasons
Owner is based in Columbia, SC
Mobile - Verizon Wireless

(803) 225-6784
Owner's name hidden for privacy reasons
Owner is based in Columbia, SC
Mobile - Verizon Wireless

(803) 729-9775
Owner's name hidden for privacy reasons
Owner is based in Camden, SC
Mobile - Verizon Wireless

#285084 by Honda47 Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:13 am
////////// this happened to me was it a small white girl with blonde hair? The pof profile was took down after we started texting but her name was Missysosweet. If this has happened to you or anyone else please let me know "dad" is claiming to call police unless I pay for treatment center because she is suicidal. Phone number of her dad is 702-331-3291[/quote]

I experienced the same thing. First she messaged me from the POF profile of Missysosweet. That profile went down and she came back as Missytocute. Same phone number for the dad except it was 720-331-3291
#285088 by Terminator5 Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:20 am
koolmelee wrote:You meet someone online on dating website, and exchange numbers and start detecting. Later she states shes underage, and hopes it's not a problem. A day or two later, a "detective" called me first saying the dad would be bringing in the cellphone as evidence, but I should call the father first to "apologize" and see if we could work it out first. They wanted $495 for deactivation of the girl's cellphone.

Other related numbers:
"Girl"/dad - 803-728-7632
Detective - 803-225-6784 , 803-729-9775
Email of father: [email protected]
POF accounts: mercede69, sosmartbrina

I was so worried for like an entire day b/c of this... But I did call one of the SC(Columbia) police dept and they basically told me this was definitely a scam and to not worry about it.





@ koolmelee



Found these 2 near identical profiles on POF . Using the same photos and claiming locations in New York and Texas . Do either of these profiles look like the scammer profile ? I've got screen shots of both .





mercede69

http://www.pof.com/viewprofile.aspx?pro ... =103715550


Image



sosmartbrina

http://www.pof.com/viewprofile.aspx?pro ... =103302804



Image

Ephesians 5:11,13

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
#285109 by Aruba Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:20 pm
Yes this happened to my 16 year old son. This guy sent a photo of a bill for a Missy Scott said he was "Eileen's" father. I called him up and called his ass down for trying to extort money from a minor. Same number 7203313291. I told him call the police you will be charged for blackmail. I reported it to the police.
#285110 by Bryon Williams Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:28 pm
Victims in the US please also report this to IC3 http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

UK Action Fraud http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Canada http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifr ... index.shtm

Stop all contact with everyone involved.

Block their calls or change your number. Do not answer calls from unknown numbers.

Close the account where you met the scammer.

Deactivate your facebook account for two weeks. Also all your other social media accounts. Change your avatars when you reactivate. Do not accept request from people you do not know personally.

Do not tell the scammer why you are stopping. Just ignore calls, text and emails. Eventually he will go away.

Do not pay the bribe.

bryonwilliams @ scamwarners.com

Please do not tell the scammer he is posted here.

Find email headers: http://www.iptrackeronline.com/how-to-e ... eaders.php

How to post photos: http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewto ... =28&t=3219
#285119 by Aruba Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:10 pm
Here is the image they sent to my son asking for money

Image
#285126 by Terminator5 Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:42 pm
The organization listed on the receipt is located in West Columbia , South Carolina . The names on it are almost certainly faked . Be sure to file a report on the IC3 website . Thanks for posting .

Thank you POF for acting on my report expeditiously and deleting those fraud profiles .

Ephesians 5:11,13

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
#285147 by Aruba Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:26 am
I am trying to post the picture of the young girl. (she is not nude) I just want to see if it's the same as the other guy on here. BTW my son was on a site called meetme.
#285693 by Bryon Williams Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:53 pm
For the bots:

Bryon Williams wrote:Blackmail Scams/Sextortion Scams.

There are few various types of these scam. I will explain a few.

Many Social Media Sites such as Skype, Kik, Facebook, Pof and Chatroulette are a home for Scammers and Thieves to use to scam by using threats of fear and/or criminal charges.

This scam involves 'grooming' a potential victim into sending compromising photographs/video to the scammer - In some scams the scammer/thief will, initially, send compromising pictures which he/she will say are of him/her -- these will be stolen from elsewhere

Types of blackmail/sextortion scams:

Threatening to send your images to your Facebook friends and family.

Scammer will meet you on a social media site and ask to exchange compromising images. He may have asked prior or will ask later to be added to your Facebook account.

Now the scam begins. He will tell you to send money via Moneygram, Western Union, Amazon gift card, Prepaid scratch off card or any other untraceable method to him.

He will tell you if you do not comply he will send the photo’s to your Facebook friends list.

Another version of this scam is Under Age girls/boys.

The scammer will meet you again on a social media site. He/she will tell you they are over the age of 18. As you progress communicating with this person/scammer he will ask to exchange indecent photographs/video.

After you exchange photo’s you will be contacted by the scammers fake "Father" or "Mother". They will tell you that you sent pictures to an under age girl/boy. They will want you to send money for therapy or for them not to go to the police. In some cases the scammer has contacted victim pretending to be Law Enforcement.

There are also seen cases where a scammer pretends to an online agent looking for pedophiles. This scam is using the same payment methods mentioned above. The Scammer will tell you that if you pay them they will not report it.

Recommended Actions:

It is best to stop all contact with the scammers. Ignore his calls and messages.

Ignore all demands for money If you pay the scammer he will continue to blackmail you. You will only stop paying when you go broke or realize you are being scammed.

Deactivate your Facebook account for two weeks. Change your photo or avatar when you reactivate it or get a new one. Also change your user name. Do not accept request from anyone you have never met.

Do the above for all social media and Skype.

You may have to change your phone numbers.

File a report with your local law enforcement agency and to one of the following below if possible.

USA: IC3 - http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Canada: Anti Fraud Center - http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifr ... index.shtm
UK: Action Fraud - http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Further reading posted by Dotti: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=18484

I sent intimate photos/video to my scammer or he says he recorded my activities on webcam, and now he is threatening to publish them. What can I do?
Unfortunately, there is not much you can do. The only advice we can give you is not to give in to blackmail demands, and once again, cut off ALL contact with the scammer. If he cannot reach you, he cannot blackmail you. If he knows that he has power over you, he will continue to abuse that power and demand more and more money. He may promise to destroy the photos/video, but remember he is a liar and a thief, and his promises are worth nothing.

The truth is, in most cases the scammer will not follow through with this threats, because following through will cost him time and money. If he tries to post anything pornographic, most public sites would delete it anyway. In the unlikely event that he does post something, you need to be proactive and contact the site immediately to have it removed. Depending on the threats, you may want to file a report with law enforcement.

Just remember for the future that any photo or video you give to ANYONE is out of your control, and anything you do on webcam can be recorded. This particular issue is not exclusive to scammers - the internet is full of stories of angry people who posted intimate details or photos/video of ex-partners after a relationship ended badly.



If you sent or received nudes knowing that you were communicating with a minor the above does not apply to you.

In this situation, we are not willing/nor will assist you.
.

bryonwilliams @ scamwarners.com

Please do not tell the scammer he is posted here.

Find email headers: http://www.iptrackeronline.com/how-to-e ... eaders.php

How to post photos: http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewto ... =28&t=3219

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