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Beware of the latest sext scam

Imagine this: you (for some ungodly reason) send a sexually explicit photo to someone you met online who then tells you they’re underage but you can avoid being arrested if you pay a fine by money order or Western Union. Now what?
Online daters in Florida are experiencing a new sext scam that’s surely left a lot of them a very ghostly white.
Business Insider is reporting that this week, the Broward Sheriff's Office said scammers are infiltrating, a site that allows users to meet and chat. Apparently, the scammers first pose as daters and ultimately coax users into sending sexually explicit pictures. Then – surprise – they claim to be a Broward Sheriff's deputy on a search for child predators. As if that weren’t enough, then they tell you your sext was sent to a minor and if you want to avoid being arrested, you’ll pay a fine via money order or Western Union.
More than 100 people have fallen for the scam since March, paying anywhere between $500 to $1,500 to avoid being "arrested."
Other online dating services have also run into similar woes. Hookup app Tinder has been suffering from fake prostitutes and spam bots, according to Symantec, an online security company.
So, what can you do?

  • Well, first you could not send a sexually explicit photo of yourself to a total stranger (duh)
  • You could dickorate (just kidding)
  • You could not wire money and not get a cash advance to pay a “deputy”
  • If you absolutely must send a naked pic of your oh so fabulous self, and you know the recipient is of a consenting age, you could use snapchat so that after a few seconds the picture disappears, deletes (and in theory is gone forever)

Check out this FOX 4 News Clip on the scam: