Can I go to prison for possible sexting scam?
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This is a common scam on the Internet. There is no girl, there is no mother or father -- only Internet fraudsters.
Do NOT send them any money. They are trying to blackmail you, and you are the victim here - not some young girl who does not exist.
Block them and do not communicate with them in the future.
I have never heard of these fraudsters actually posting the pictures because 1) It takes time and makes them no money, and 2) It makes it too easy for them to get caught.
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You are being scammed and you have fallen for it. The girl does not even exist. What will happen now is because you have shown that you are scared, you will be asked for more money for another ridiculous reason, often more therapy needed by the poor "girl". If you again, yet another demand will be made. It will not stop until you are out of money or decide to stop paying. When you saw that the picture were not selfies, you should have known then that it was a scam.
You are a victim of the infamous "Underage Girl Scam". Does this sound familiar?
Here's how it works:
1. You are on some kind of adult dating or chat site -- either heterosexual or gay-- where a person says they are over 18, and either sends you (or lures you into sending them) sexy pictures.
2. Then they say that they are actually 16, or 14, or some other age under 18.
3. Next, the "father", the "mother" or a "detective" calls or texts you and demands money to keep them from filing charges. Often, the money is supposed to replace a "smashed phone", "computer", or something else . . . even a car that the "minor wrecked while going to meet up with you". Sometimes they "send the minor to a juvenile military boot camp". One guy reported, "they were gonna contact the police unless I paid their company to take the nudes out their database!!"
4 The tip-off is that they want payment by Western Union, MoneyGram, iStore credit, Paypal.Me, Snapcash, money order, or gift cards BUT NOT by cash or checks.
5. Don't send gift cards. Don't send Western Union money. There is no minor child, no father, no mother, no detective, no wrecked car, no damaged garage door, and no ruined computer.
6. You are not alone. Questions about this scam come up several times a week here on AVVO.
7. Just to be clear: THIS IS A SCAM. THIS SCAM HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS. THERE IS NO FATHER, NO GIRL, NO FBI, NO DETECTIVE, NO COUNSELING, NO THERAPY, and NO EARLY TERMINATION FEES ON THE PHONE.
8. The best thing to do is block their numbers and ignore them. You can report them to the police for fraud and extortion, but without an ID that is a dead end. They use "burner" phones and spoof caller ID.
9. If you want to fool around with them, offer to send a check, or offer to meet them somewhere with cash. They WILL NOT give you their name or address, and will not meet with you. Moneypak, Western Union, Walmart gift cards, and the like are all ANONYMOUS ways to receive money, and the scammers will not identify themselves or they would risk being arrested for EXTORTION.
10. Read all the similar stories at: http://www.thedailyscam.com/plenty-of-fish-pof-has-plenty-of-sharks/
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This is a very common scam. Do not send money. Stop sending these type messages to people that you do not know.
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