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Inmates posing as women online blackmailed hundreds of troops in ‘sextortion’ scheme
November 28, 2018
The South Carolina inmates filled their time posing as women and scrolling social media and dating sites until a few key details caught their eyes.
Cropped hair. Proximity to military bases. Maybe a photo or two in uniform.
Then, the messages to entrap and blackmail service members began from within the walls of South Carolina correctional facilities, crafted with a simple and terrifying scheme, authorities said.
After romantic messages and racy photos were exchanged, prisoners would pose as the fictitious girl’s father, telling victims that she was underage and the images constituted child pornography.
Pay money to make it go away, the inmates demanded, or police would be notified.
In all, 442 troops from across the country fell prey, paying out more than $560,000 in the “sextortion” scheme, authorities said Wednesday, after five arrests and 15 indictments in the wake of a crackdown on an elaborate network.