After the teen’s death by suicide from over sextortion, the bureau reported over 18,000 sextortion-related complaints in 2020, with over $13 million in losses.
Sextortion is the practice of extorting money from individuals by threatening to reveal their sexual activity. As reported by the FBI, cybercriminals use child pornography to lure suspects constitutes a serious crime.
Costin explained lots of the sextortion scams reported to the FBI are determined to be from criminals in Southeast Asia and the African continent. It is fortunate to know Federal investigators are working with their law enforcement counterparts.
The chief of adolescent medicine at Mass General in Boston, Dr. Scott Hadland, explained the mental phenomena of teenagers. According to Scott, it becomes hard for teenagers to look at the scary past and can’t control their minds since their brains are still growing.