How the scam works:
There is no secret that when they're out of the country working hard, sailors and soldiers are missing affectionate times from the opposite sex. Needless to say, they are the most vulnerable to the Sex Extortion (or 'Sextortion') scam. However, it could happen to anybody who is looking to find a soul mate. Most of the victims are being approached on social media, on sites like Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram.
How to avoid:
Never let your guard to in front of people you meet online. Always meet in person and establish a relationship first.
How to report:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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