Military law enforcement officials say they've received several hundred sextortion reports since the scam first surfaced in 2012 and that, despite ongoing efforts to warn and educate personnel, the numbers continue to rise. "Part of that, too, is that we have gotten the word out in so many different ways and encouraged reporting," said NCIS Division Chief Megan Bolduc.The NCIS alone, which investigates criminal cases for the Navy and the Marine Corps, has received about 300 sextortion reports over the last four years, officials say. "I think people are more willing to come forward, but incidents are also increasing." Many victims are the military's most junior troops, young adults away from home for the first time and trying to make new connections or otherwise find their way in the world.UPDATE 7/23/17: On July 22 we received the following email from a 25 year old male..."I was friend requested by someone named Michela Duran [on Facebook], I accepted, and moments later she sends me messages like "do you like sex baby", and of course I'm a 25 year old man.It's unclear to what extent sextortion scams are a concern across the broader federal government.A spokesperson for the FBI acknowledged receiving several questions from Military Times but did not provide a response to any of them.
A few of them accepted thinking it was me, AND HE SENT THE F###ING PHOTOS!
We have heard from a few men who inform us to be wary of ads posted on Craigslist's forums for casual sex.
One man sent us a link to this listing, saying that he was targeted for sextortion after trading photos with the person who posted: Learn how Steven got scammed out of 00 using Airbnb so you can avoid this scam!
Immediately after accepting their friendship, they messaged me. It then progressed to something with sexual undertones, eventually leading to an invitation to skype. One thing led to another with me eventually pulling my [privates] out.
She kept saying things like 'take your glasses off' and 'let me see your [privates] and face at the same time' type stuff...