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Rock Hill man blackmailed in dating scam involving app to meet Cuban women, cops say

‘That’s not how it works’: York Co. sheriff’s spokesman sends warning about scammers

Police in York County, South Carolina are warning of two phone scams involving phony claims of callers to be sheriff’s deputies and another about fake arrest warrants involving nude photos.
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Police in York County, South Carolina are warning of two phone scams involving phony claims of callers to be sheriff’s deputies and another about fake arrest warrants involving nude photos.

A Rock Hill man was extorted out of $1,100 in a blackmail scam involving an app designed to meet Cuban women, police said.

The man, 29, told police on Monday that he was told if he did not pay that an intimate Skype chat video he made with a woman would be released on Facebook, according to a Rock Hill Police Department incident report.

The man told police he did not know the chat with the woman he met on the app was being recorded.

The man sent payments of $500, then $600, through Western Union using a credit card, police said. After making the payments, the blackmailer demanded more money, so the man called police.

Police told the man to block the extortionist on social media.

The case has been assigned to detectives but no arrests have been made.

In recent weeks police across South Carolina, including the state sheriff’s association, Rock Hill police and York County deputies, have warned of scams. Scams range from fake Twitter accounts involving a famous country singer, phony phone calls from shakedown artists posing as cops and other schemes.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.

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