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FBI ramps up #StopSextortion campaign

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The FBI has ramped up its #StopSextortion campaign in schools.

Thousands have shared the FBI’s posts on social media across the nation and in Utah Saturday. It’s all part of an effort to protect kids.

Sextortion is the act of blackmailing someone for money or sexual favors by threatening to publically release private or intimate information.

Teenagers can be prime targets.

Courtesy: FBI

In the tweets, the FBI explained it is illegal for an adult to ask for, pay for, or demand graphic images from a minor. The FBI emphasized the victims are not the ones who are breaking the law.

The FBI cautioned Parents and children to be aware of who they are talking with online if they do not know who is on the other side of the name.

Also, the FBI said, if you believe you are a victim of sextortion, talk to a trusted adult or call the FBI.

You can call at 1-800-CALL FBI (225-5324).

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