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Police warn of scams after man blackmailed for receiving sexually explicit photos

(file photo/pixabay)
(file photo/pixabay)

James City County Police are warning residents about scams on adult websites after an internet user sent sexually explicit photos to a local man, then blackmailed him for $500.

On April 8, a man reported to police he had been messaging a girl for several days on and they had exchanged sexually explicit photos, according to police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

AdultFriendFinder is a website to “help find partners for dating, romance, friendship, and a variety of encounters,” according to the site’s general information page.

The girl she was 18 years old, Williams said.

A couple days after the man started messaging the girl, he received a call from a person claiming to be the girl’s father.

The caller said the girl was only 16 years old, and threatened to file charges unless the man sent $500 to him immediately.

The caller told the man to put the $500 on a MoneyPak card, Williams said.

According to Williams, the incident is a known scam. The man did not send any money to the scammer.

Scammers use many different ploys in an attempt to obtain money from unsuspecting victims,” Williams wrote in an email. “Many online sites, such as dating sites, allow scammers the anonymity they need to reach out to numerous potential victims. Citizens should use caution when making contact with people online when there is no way to confirm the identity (or age) of the person on the other end.”

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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