DOJ warns of sextortion targeting boys

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Parents, listen up!

An important public safety alert from the Justice Department warns of financial sextortion schemes targeting boys.

The government says at least 3,000, mostly boys, have been victimized so far this year.

That’s a dramatic increase from previous years.

According to the DOJ, predators use social media to start communicating with a targeted minor.

Then they will move the conversation to a different platform.

Where they can direct message each other.

Victims are tricked into providing explicit photos, and then the perpetrators will demand money.

And threaten to release the images to family members and friends of the victim.

According to the department at least a dozen victims have committed suicide as a result of these crimes.

Parents are advised to talk to your child about what to do if they are targeted.

You should report the predator’s account through the platform’s safety feature.

Block the account and then contact the FBI.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can help with getting explicit images of minors off the internet.

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