VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WAVY) — You never know who is on the other side of the computer screen.
Dozens of people have called Virginia Beach police about a new scam involving dating sites and sexting. It starts when people send explicit photos and ends with the scammer asking for money.
Virginia Beach police say recently, more than two dozen men using dating websites have been scammed.
Officers say the scam starts with the person on the other end asking to exchange compromising photos. Once the other person snaps that pic and hits send, he gets a call from a number that appears to be the Virginia Beach Police.
The scammer tells the person that they have actually been interacting with an underage girl and her parents want to file charges. The scammer then says if the person pays money, the parents won’t press charges.
Virginia Beach Police want to remind you they will never drop charges for money and all criminal investigations will be handled by officials.
Also, if you think you’re being scammed, ask for the person’s name hang up and call police directly at 757-385-4101 then ask for that same person.
Another good reminder: Never give any personal or banking information out on the phone or via email.