I'm scared to death, someone PLEASE help. I already asked this but there is new information. I received a missed call from the local police (no vm was left) then I received a text from the number of a "girl" that I found on okcupid, claiming to be her father (She asked for a nude almost immediately and then sent me one, neither had our faces showing). I thought it was a scam when the guy started saying that his daughter was hospitalized as a result and he's wanting me to pay $1,200 in hospital bills.He said he called the police and they told him to not to meet with me or anything but he wanted money somehow, and if he got it, he wouldn't tell the police. Sounds very scamming...but this is terrifying territory, and I DID get a call from the police right before he texted so now I'm worried that this is a scam, yes, but it could turn into a blackmail thing. I was calming down until I called the missed number back and it went to the police. Of course, anybody could have made a false report but wouldn't they have left a voicem? I'm now terrified and I'm only posting this "again" because now I know police called me. Is this a scam? Should I be worried that the police ACTUALLY called me?
There is certainly cause for concern here. Sending nude photos to a minor is a very serious offense. However, the factual scenario you are describing does sound suspect. The best thing to do, at this point, is to retain an attorney to help you through this process. If you retain an attorney during this investigatory stage, he or she may be able to prevent charges from being sought. Even if charges are brought against you, you'll already have an attorney protecting your rights and interests as you're investigated.
Hire a lawyer right away and let him or her know exactly what's going on. Then, if you receive another phone call or text message from the police, this "girl," or her "father," you should refer them to your lawyer, unless your lawyer instructs otherwise.
As a word of caution, moving forward, the situation you're in highlights the potential dangers of internet dating and sharing of photos. You should never share photographs depicting nudity or sex with an individual whom you have not verified is over the age of 18. It is important to remember that it can be very easy to lie about one's age on dating sites and apps and even in communication. Good luck to you, and please, for your sake, be more wary in the future.
These comments are meant to provide some general information and DO NOT constitute legal advice and DO NOT create an attorney-client relationship. I would highly encourage anyone seeking legal advice to contact a qualified attorney in your jurisdiction for legal advice.
The police did not call you. Google "spoofed caller id". Dont send money by Walmart gift cards or western union. This is 100% a scam.
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