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Women threaten BYU-Idaho students over nude videos


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REXBURG — Police received two separate complaints from Brigham Young University-Idaho students about being extorted on social media Tuesday.

At about 6 p.m., the Rexburg Police Department received a complaint from a male student who was having a sexual conversation with a woman on Tinder. During the conversation, which was over a webcam, the male exposed himself to the female, according to police spokesman Capt. Randy Lewis. The woman then demanded money from the student and threatened to send a copy of the video to everyone on his Facebook and Tinder accounts.

Then at 7 p.m., a different male student called police to say he had met a woman from Texas on Facebook, Lewis said. During that video conversation, the female exposed herself to the student and convinced him to do the same. The Texas woman then demanded $450 from the student, or she would send a recorded video of the incident to all his Facebook friends.

On the advice of police, neither student paid the women the money.

“Absolutely don’t pay the money,” Lewis said. “Most of these are scare tactics.”

Lewis says this is a common type of scam. Police get calls on situations like these quite a few times a year, he said.