The women, working on a commission basis from an “office,” set up false profiles, typically on internet dating sites.
Feeling helpless, he wired her the money through Western Union, the sources said. The woman called back later and demanded another 0, the sources said.
According to the criminal complaint: A cyber tip from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation was forwarded to the Lake Superior Forensic Technology and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for investigation on Aug. A user with the screen name “Bobby S” was chatting using the site July 17.
In a second online chat session, the female with whom “Bobby S” was chatting said she was 18.
Once the chat ends, the victim is contacted by the blackmailer, who then tries to elicit money from him by threatening to release the sensitive images.
Two such incidents unfolded at the University of Colorado in September, prompting campus police to open an investigation and send out statements to students, warning them what to look out for.