A Michigan family is sounding the alarm about sextortion scams on social media after a Nigerian man allegedly drove their 17-year-old son, a high school football player, to commit suicide.
Jordan DeMay, a student at Marquette Senior High School, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 25, 2022, after he was contacted by an Instagram account that appeared to be from a woman with the username “dani.robertts,” Fox News Digital reported.
But the account had been hacked and sold to Samuel Ogoshi, a 22-year-old Nigerian who allegedly used the profile to force young men into sending him explicit images of themselves, according to the news outlet.
“I can send this nudes to everyone and also send your nudes Until it goes viral,” Ogoshi allegedly messaged DeMay after the teen sent an explicit photo of himself.
“Just pay me rn [right now]. And I won’t expose you,” the suspect reportedly responded.
“How much?” DeMay asked.
Ogoshi demanded $1,000, but the boy sent $300, leading the Nigerian man to allegedly threaten to send the explicit image to his family and friends if he did not send additional money, according to Fox News.