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AG Jackley Warns of Sextortion Scheme Targeting State
PIERRE, S.D – Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakotans about a crime that is targeting social media sites and individuals of all ages. Predators meet individuals online, coerce them into sending sexually explicit photos or videos, and then use those images in a blackmail scheme.

The Division of Criminal Investigation has been investigating several incidents throughout the state over the past few days. The scheme begins with the predators establishing a relationship with individuals online through casual conversation, which leads to exchange and capturing of images and videos. The predators then threaten to release or distribute these materials in order to extort money.

Victims of this scheme are asked to contact local law enforcement.