Detroit FBI Warns of Increase in Sexual Extortion Schemes Targeting Young Boys

24 April, 2022
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Detroit FBI Warns of Increase in Sexual Extortion Schemes Targeting Young Boys

The FBI's Detroit office has issued a warning about a growing number of sextortion schemes involving young boys.


According to the Detroit FBI, they are receiving reports of adults pretending to be young girls and forcing young boys via social media to send sexual photos and videos. Then the person threatens them with exposure unless they pay.


The FBI gives you these tips to protect you and your children online:


  1. Be selective about what you share online, especially your personal information and passwords. If your social media accounts are open to everyone, a predator may be able to figure out a lot of information about you or your children.
  2. Be wary of anyone you encounter for the first time online. Block or ignore messages from strangers.
  3. Be aware people can pretend to be anything or anyone online. Videos and photos are not proof that a person is who they claim to be.
  4. Be suspicious if you meet someone on a game or app and they ask you to start talking to them on a different platform.
  5. Encourage your children to report suspicious behavior to a trusted adult.

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