The FBI says that scammers and sexual predators are specifically targeting teenage boys via social media and video game platforms.
They say that these incidents are on the rise and are warning parents and teens that the predators and scammers are convincing minors to share sexual images or videos. The scammers then threaten to post the content unless the child sends more content or money.
The FBI says that the recent jump in cases mainly target boys age 14-17.
“We’re seeking to have youth become aware of this scheme and to be aware of this threat to them personally and not share their personal private images,” says FBI Supervisory Special Agent Johnathan Norbut.
Tips to keep children and teens safe online can be found on the FBI’s website.
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