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Sheriff Warns of “Sextortion” When Using Online Chatrooms

REGIONAL – Sheriff Al Nienhuis issued a warning to anyone using online chatrooms to beware of a new scam.

Since October of last year, officials say several cases have been investigated involving sexual extortion (sextortion), threats, fraud, and internet sexual abuse.

The suspects use attractive photographs to lure their victims through chatrooms, usually Facebook messenger. Once a rapport is established with the victim, the suspect initiates a video chat and convinces the victim to perform sexual acts on video. The suspect then threatens the victim by claiming they will share the video with family and friends if they are not paid.

Victims as young as 13 have come forward and officials are concerned that some may consider suicide because of embarrassment or other consequences.

The suspects have posed as men and women in these cases.

Officials suggest not communicating with individuals online who you do not know.

Anyone who feels they may have been a target of this scam is asked to contact Detective Tom Breedlove at 352-754-6830.

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  • Better late than never.

    Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 8:29 pm
  • well here in Hernando County we are usually last to get told anything and first to be scammed, HCSO needs to bring his communications center up to date here, most counties show in the active calls list the address of the incident not just some ZONE wow that helps NOT! And allow citizens to be able to Text 9-1-1 in the event something is happening and they cant talk on the phone!
    HCSO i hope you read these and take this all in we need better technology especially with storms approaching.

    Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 1:14 am
  • So if you are a victim, you are supposed to contact detective Breedlove? Hmm something sounds suspicious about that.🤔😂

    Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 9:33 pm
    • Nope he’s real! I swear I reported the scum bag Donald ferrin to him when I saw he had moved from his residence without reporting it. He was charged in unicon tenn. For statuarury on a 13 year old that he was saw chasing out of a house. He was found guilty and served time . Didn’t register when he came back to fl.
      When he did register somehow got off the predators list. But yes Detective breedlove is real and actually a nice guy unless you’re a pedophile

      Saturday, 15 September 2018, 6:09 pm
  • Out of touch would be an understatement. How is this even “news”? It’s as old as the web cam and Nigerian free millions money scam.

    Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 9:20 pm
  • its happening on instagram as well

    Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 9:12 pm
  • If you are chatting with someone online that you think is an underage person that you want to meet for sex, or exchange naughty pictures with, chances are you are chatting with someone who can arrest you.

    Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 8:35 pm
  • This has been going on for a couple of decades. It is comforting to know our Sheriff is now on top of it.

    Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 8:06 pm
  • Well apparently Sheriff not job has been living in the Dark Ages. This kind of scam has been going on for years. If you don’t believe it watch some of the shows on TV on ID Discovery you will see.

    Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 6:58 pm

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