FBI Warns of Increase in ‘Sextortion’ of Tennessee College Students

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning Tennessee college students about what it calls “sextortion,” which it says is on the rise.

“Tennessee college and university campuses have seen a marked increase in sextortion attempts aimed at students,” said the FBI’s Knoxville branch. “The suspects, often posing as college-aged female students, target unsuspecting students through dating apps and online social media platforms.”

“After coaxing students to send nude and other compromising pictures, the suspect then demands money to keep from sharing the pictures with the victim’s family, friends, and followers on social media,” said the FBI. “Never share or send nude pictures or videos to anyone. If you have been a victim or know someone who has, please report it to your local LE agency. Remember, once you send or share a picture or video with someone, you lose all control of who can share, post, and see the images.”

The FBI also provided a tip line for those who may have been victims of such acts to contact the law enforcement agency.

The FBI in Tennessee recently announced that it will also be monitoring Election Day complaints at polling locations.

“Federal law protects against such crimes as threatening violence against election officials or staff, intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input,” said the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI’s parent organization, as reported by The Tennessee Star. “It also contains special protections for the rights of voters, and provides that they can vote free from interference, including intimidation, and other acts designed to prevent or discourage people from voting or voting for the candidate of their choice. The Voting Rights Act protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice (where voters need assistance because of disability or inability to read or write in English).”

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].

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  1. Tim

    How stupid are you that you need the corrupt fbi to tell you Not to send nudes to anyone. This is how far gone these generations are?