Predators Targeting Kids Playing Online Games For Sextortion


IT SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY EARLY NEXT WEEK. A NEW WARNING TONIGHT FOR PARENTS AS THE FBI REPORTS AN INCREASE OF GAMING EXTORTION CASES. CBS13 INVESTIGATOR JULIE WATTS IS DIGGING DEEPER ON THIS TROUBLING TREND FOR US TONIGHT. Reporter: THERE MORE THAN $200 MILLION 200 MILLION GAMERS. THOSE KIDS ARE INCREASINGLY BEING TARGETS OF EXTORTION. ONLINE GAMING HAS BECOME A FORM OF SOCIALIZATION, WHILE PLAYING ALONE IN A ROOM AND INTERACTING WITH STRANGERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THERE IS NO WAY TO KNOW THAT THOSE GAMERS ARE WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE. THIS HAS LED TO A TROUBLING TREND. EXTORTION IS ANYTIME THAT YOU HAVE A ADULT CONTACTING A MINOR, WHERE THEY ARE ENTICING THEM TO GIVE COMPROMISING PICTURES. Reporter: THE FBI RECEIVED MORE THAN 5000 REPORTS OF SEXTORTION. THIS LED TO THE ROOT ARREST OF 24 PEOPLE. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THIS MAN PLED GUILTY, ACCUSED OF CONVINCING A 12-YEAR-OLD GAMING PARTNER TO SEND SEXUAL PHOTOS. THEY WILL PRETEND TO BE A PERSON OF THE SAME AGE AND THEY WILL BE FOR THEM. THEY WILL TRY TO WIN THEIR TRUST. SOMETIMES YOU SEE THEM OFFERING IS, OR INCENTIVES TO PROVIDE PICTURES. Reporter: THEY SAID THAT THEY HAVE SEEN TARGETS AS YOUNG AS SEVEN YEARS OLD. WAS THE FIRST PICTURE IS SENT, THEY USE THAT TO EXTORT MORE EXPLICIT IMAGES. IN THAT IT CAN COMPRESS PROGRESS TO THREATS TO FAMILIES , EVEN FAMILY PETS. Reporter: ALL THE MAJOR GAMING PLATFORMS HAVE PARENTAL CONTROLS AND PASSWORDS. THE FBI SAYS THAT IT IS CRITICAL TO SET THAT UP AND HAVE A TALK WITH YOUR CHILD. KNOWING THE DIFFERENCES, THE DANGERS CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. Reporter: HAVE ACCESS AND MONITOR THOSE ACCOUNTS. YOU ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR KIDS ARE NOT SHARING ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION LIKE THE NAME OF THEIR SCHOOL OR WHERE THEY LIVE. THE BOTTOM OF LINE, AWARENESS IS KEY.

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