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FBI issues public safety alert, says 3,000 minors have been ‘sextortion’ victims: ‘Horrific increase’
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. The FBI issued a national public safety alert Monday warning that more than 3,000 minors have been targeted in the past year across the Unites States in online “financial sextortion” schemes. The schemes, primarily targeting boys, involve coercing children and teens into sending explicit images online and then extorting them for money. Over the past year, law enforcement has received over 7,000 reports related to the online financial sextortion of minors, resulting in at least 3,000 confirmed victims. The FBI says more than a dozen suicides were linked to these sextortion schemes, a large percentage of which originate outside the United States, and primarily in West African countries such as Nigeria and Ivory Coast.