Q: Father says woman I was sexting is his underage daughter and wants money or he will press charges. Is this a scam?
Supposed father of a woman I had a brief conversation with says that she is underage. She sent me two explicit photos and I sent one explicit photo upon request without my face in it. He says that daughter broke a laptop and phone when he confronted her. He wants $1200 or he will press charges. Is this a scam or should I be concerned
A: It's extortion (a/k/a blackmail); a crime. Florida Statute836.05 provides as follows:
"Threats; extortion.—Whoever, either verbally or by a written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to accuse another of any crime or offense, or by such communication maliciously threatens an injury to the person, property or reputation of another, or maliciously threatens to expose another to disgrace, or to expose any secret affecting another, or to impute any deformity or lack of chastity to another, with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatsoever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened, or any other person, to do any act or refrain from doing any act against his or her will, shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084."
Of course you are probably guilty of a crime as well. So sure, you should be concerned.
But if you do pay him there is little to stop him from turning him in anyway. Except the risk of being prosecuted too.
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