VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Beach Police Department says its received several reports about a sexting extortion scam.
Police say victims are being contacted through a website asking for compromising photos. Once the photos are exchanged, someone claiming to be a detective with the Virginia Beach Police Department calls them, saying they were communicating illegally with a minor.
The scammer then tells the victim that the juvenile’s parents want to file a police report and asks the victim to contact the parent. When the victim calls the “parent,” police say they are told that the parents will not press charges if the victim pays money.
Police want to remind people that they will never ask for money in exchange to drop charges. All criminal investigations will be handled by official police personnel.
If you’re ever in doubt about who is calling you, you should request the name of the person who you are speaking to, hang up and call the police department directly at 757-385-4101 and request to be connected to the person they were speaking with.
Remember: You should never provide personal or banking information over the phone or through email.