Blackmailer targets Canfield man | WKBN.com
CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A 75-year-old man told police he was the victim of an extortionist.
According to a police report, the man said he had been chatting online with a woman through an app called Adult Friend Finder. He said communication was going well until the woman asked the man to send her a selfie, which he did.
The woman responded by sending the man a nude photo of herself and asking for nude photos of him. The man then sent the woman several nude pictures of himself, the report states.
A short time later, the man received a message from the woman demanding money or she was going to “ruin his life” by sharing the photos with friends and family, specifically naming two relatives.
At first the man thought the woman had gained access to his address book, but the names she gave as people she wanted to reveal the photos to were people he did not know.
The police assume that the woman did not have access to the man’s address book, but only did a Google search to find out who his relatives might be.
Police were able to track down some information that led to a textnow.com account, but were unable to obtain any subscriber information on the suspect.
The man said the woman has not been contacted since he went to the police.
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- Keep apps up to date. Apps with outdated software may be at risk of being hacked. Protect your device from malware by installing app updates as soon as they are released.
- Delete apps you don’t need. To avoid unnecessary data collection, delete it if you are not using an app.