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In Virginia Beach sexting con, scammer impersonates police and demands money

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 19:25:03-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va . – Police are warning the public of a sexting scam.

They have received reports regarding  dating website extortion scams.

Victims said a person on the phone claimed to be from the “Virginia Beach Police Department” and an actual police department number showed up on their caller ID.

The scam starts with a customer being contacted through dating websites by a person wanting to exchange compromising photos.

Once the photos were exchanged, the victim received a phone call from “the police” saying the victim had been illegally exchanging photos with an underage person.

The scammer then tells the victim the juvenile’s parents want to file a police report and gives the victim their number to call.

When victims call the “parents” he/she is told that if they pay money, the parents won’t peruse a criminal investigation.

Police remind the public that they will never solicit funds to “drop charges” and that all criminal investigations will be handled by official personnel.