CCSOs: Beware of ‘sextortion’ scams targeting teens

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is warning parents about the rising number of cases of sexual abuse among teens and young adults.

In a Facebook post, the CCSO said if your child got a new electronic device for Christmas to “beware of online dangers”.

“Law enforcement officials across the country have observed a rise in “sextortion” cases in which young people, mainly teenagers, are coerced by predators into sending explicit images of themselves online.”

The CCSO said the sheriff’s office has seen cases of sexual abuse at the local level, along with an increase in illegal blackmail reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

MPs are suggesting the following:

  • Explain the rules of online behavior to your children. They should never discuss sex with anyone and should never send obscene pictures.
  • Please monitor your children’s activity online.
  • Victims of sextortion may face humiliation and depression. If your child is being targeted, provide support and consider seeking help from a mental health professional.
  • Paying money won’t stop images from being leaked online. Consider contacting law enforcement or legal counsel first.

Any illegal activity may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or at report.cybertip.org.

Reports may also be made to Charleston County at (843) 202-1700, any local law enforcement, or to the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or tips.fbi.gov.

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