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Area law enforcement agencies, including the University Police, have noticed a significant increase in “sextortion” cases.
What is sextortion?
Sextortion is a criminal act that occurs when a suspect will demand something of value from a victim, typically money or images of sexual nature. The suspect will threaten to release or distribute material the victim seeks to keep private if payment is not made. This material often includes sexually explicit images, videos or text messages. The common scheme involves online chats with individuals that convince the victim to swap explicit photographs or participate in live explicit video chats, and then they are blackmailed with payment demands.
How to report sextortion and get support