"If these individuals pay at all, [the scammers] will ask for more money," Bolduc said. These perpetrators know that [military personnel] have a steady income. They know they get paid on the first [of the month], they get paid on the fifteenth.
These perpetrators also know that they're held to a higher standard.
It's unclear to what extent sextortion scams are a concern across the broader federal government.
A spokesperson for the FBI acknowledged receiving several questions from Military Times but did not provide a response to any of them.
All three agencies — NCIS, Army CID and Air Force OSI — are crafting broader strategy for the Defense Department.
Once a scammer is in possession of compromising photos or video, they usually demand money — often just a little at first, but then they'll want more.
He was concerned that his video might appear online. In fact, when the threat first surfaced, Facebook Singapore contacted NCIS to alert authorities that U. sailors and Marines had reported numerous Philippine-based Facebook accounts as potential scammers.
In those cases, service members received friend requests and messages from accounts claiming to belong to women."After I hadn't talked to her for a while, I got a message from a guy saying I had to pay for the damage I had done." "So now our poor service member believes that he's in possession of child pornography," Mc Donald said. He wants money to pay for mental health treatment — maybe says she attempted suicide — in exchange for not reporting it." Then, perhaps, another man will call, claiming to be local law enforcement and encouraging the service member to pay the girl's father. According to more than 600 agencies surveyed in the National Child Exploitation Threat Assessment, enticement of children online is on the rise.Or in one case, the suspect posed as an NCIS agent, said the agency's spokesman, Ed Buice. "A service member who feels like they've been duped into taking their pants off and paying money is one thing, but it ratchets way up when the service member thinks that he has been sent child pornography," Buice said. In late-November, a Minnesota man was sentenced to 38 years in prison after targeting more than 150 underage boys as part of a sextortion scheme.Military law enforcement officials say they've received several hundred sextortion reports since the scam first surfaced in 2012 and that, despite ongoing efforts to warn and educate personnel, the numbers continue to rise. "Part of that, too, is that we have gotten the word out in so many different ways and encouraged reporting," said NCIS Division Chief Megan Bolduc.The NCIS alone, which investigates criminal cases for the Navy and the Marine Corps, has received about 300 sextortion reports over the last four years, officials say. "I think people are more willing to come forward, but incidents are also increasing." Many victims are the military's most junior troops, young adults away from home for the first time and trying to make new connections or otherwise find their way in the world.But in some cases, days or weeks later, the service member will get a call from someone claiming that the girl is underage.