"The concern really is twofold: the concern of harm to themselves and, on a national security level, a lot of these service members do have [security] clearances." It's unclear to what extent sextortion scams are a concern across the broader federal government.
A spokesperson for the FBI acknowledged receiving several questions from Military Times but did not provide a response to any of them.
To make matters worse, often the photos or videos were taken years earlier, long forgotten and long before a current marriage, relationship or employment.
In the age of powerful internet search engines and social networking it is too easy for anyone (husband, boss, clients, co-workers, parents etc.) to connect your name to recently published, intimate pictures or videos that have been uploaded onto the internet. While we cannot stop what has already happened we want to stop this tragic situation from happening to you, your family or friends.
In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 ($455,300) through online dating sites.
He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over $50 million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.
All three agencies — NCIS, Army CID and Air Force OSI — are crafting broader strategy for the Defense Department.
has sent sexually suggestive, nude or semi-nude "sext" messages by phone or otherwise.
Experience from the front lines Every day, DMCA.com's professional staff handle takedown cases for clients who have found their personal and very intimate pictures, or videos, published online on for all to see. Almost always their reputation has been severely impacted by the online publication of these deeply personal photos or videos.
Shockingly, in most cases, these very intimate, personal pictures or videos were found online by family, friends or even coworkers.
Unfortunately, sexting isn't going away anytime soon.
With more and more teens having internet capability, the chances of them sexting also increase.
Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.