What Is a Sexting Scam?
Sexting scams have become more common in the age of social media and dating apps. Let’s say you met someone online under the impression they were a legal adult, you sent explicit messages and shared nude photos with them. After sexting, they suddenly claim to be underage and threaten to report you to law enforcement if you don’t pay them a certain amount of money. This terrifying situation can feel worse if the scammer finds your personal information and threatens to expose the messages/photos to your family and friends.
What Should You Do?
If you start receiving threatening messages like this, we recommend blocking the potential scammer’s account and ceasing all communication. We also suggest collecting screenshots of all correspondence, especially any messages in which they claimed to be of legal age.
Do not ignore these types of threats; we recommend contacting an attorney right away. An attorney will have the skill set to determine if this is a credible threat or just a scammer trying to extort money from you. If your attorney believes it is a scam, they can assist you in getting the scammers to leave you alone. If they believe it to be a real threat, they can help you take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
Contact Us for Assistance
If you have received threatening messages after sexting with someone online, it is not a hopeless situation. There are things your attorney can do to try to help you stop the scammers or guide you through a legal situation as easily as possible. If you have received threatening messages from a potential scammer, give our office a call at (425) 224-7075. We will listen to you, answer your questions, ease your stress, and resolve the situation. Owner and principal attorney Lance Fryrear of The Law Offices of Lance Fryrear has defended the accused in Lynnwood and throughout Washington for the past 20 years. We will be careful and sensitive every step of the way, doing everything we can to help and support you.
Give us a call at (425) 224-7075 to learn more!