FBI, This Week: Teens Targeted on Online Gaming Platforms


September 19, 2019

The FBI is seeing an increase in sextortion on online gaming platforms.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI is seeing an increase in sextortion on online gaming platforms.

Sextortion is a federal crime that happens when an adult coerces a child into producing sexually explicit images of themselves and sending them over the Internet.

Assistant Section Chief Brian Herrick explains how offenders are enticing teenagers...

Brian Herrick: So, the teen is playing an online game, an instant message pops up saying, “Hey, I'll help you get to the next level. I'll give you some credits for online purchases. I'll give you coupons to actually buy something in an online store in exchange for a picture.”

Halpern: Offenders are aggressive, and teens often feel pressured to comply.

In some cases, offenders are extorting up to 200 victims at a time.

Herrick reminds teens to be on-guard during gaming sessions...

Herrick: I understand the whole concept of online gaming is to be able to connect from people all over the place, but it's also important that you not share personal information with those other gamers.

Halpern: Report sextortion on gaming platforms—or elsewhere—to law enforcement. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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