Bloomfield Township police are warning parents about some recent “sextortion” attempts involving a popular messaging app called Kik
Internet crimes against children are p 200 percent from 2013 to 2014. Apps like Kik make it easier for predators to connect with unsuspecting children.
“We’ve had a couple of incidents over the past few weeks,” Detective Lt. Dan Edwards said. “We want parents to know about it because many of these types of cases involve younger kids who are experimenting.”
The app has become the latest choice of online predators because it allows users to communicate anonymously and send photo and videos.
On Dec. 9, police took a report about an extortion attempt involving a 24-year-old victim who connected with an unknown person through Kik. After a brief texting conversation, the victim shared compromising photos with the person.
That’s when the blackmailing began.
Edwards said the unknown suspect demanded the victim’s credit card numbers, threatening to post the photos on the victim’s Facebook page if the information wasn’t sent. Instead, the victim’s parents discovered what was happening and filed the police report.
No arrests were made, nor do police have any information about the suspect. Investigators might have been able to track down an address if the victim had sent some type of payment. But in many of these online fraud cases, police say, the perpetrators are operating from another country.
Bloomfield Twp. police warn of 'sextortion' attempts on popular app Jay Grossman