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Orem officers warning residents of video chat blackmail scam

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Jul 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-28 16:48:31-04

OREM, Utah – Orem officers are warning Utahns about video-chatting with strangers.

Authorities said you could end up the victim of a blackmail scam.

Police said they have recently received an increasing number of calls about what they say is a social media scam.

Officers said the scammers usually “dupe” the victim into video-chatting, or “Skyping,” with the suspect.

When the video call has ended, the victim usually receives a message from the suspect claiming they recorded the inappropriate video chat.

Authorities said the suspect then demands money from the victim or they will post the video online.

You can contact Orem Police for more information here.