Newly-released warrants suggest inmates at various South Carolina prison facilities have been posing as women on a dating app to scam soldiers out of money.
The Greenville News reports the warrant states the soldiers thought they were meeting a woman around their age on a dating app.
Then after the men started messaging with the woman, they would get unrequested nude photos. After those photos were sent, they would receive another text from an individual claiming to be the date’s father. The “father’s” texts would say his daughter is underage and threaten to report the victim to police unless they get money.
The Army calls the texts a “sextortion” scheme, according to the warrant.
The victim would sometimes pay out of the fear that the dad would call the police and destroy their military careers. Investigators tracked the payments to a woman who would take the money to an inmate at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia.
U.S. Army investigators filed the search warrant to get access to two Gmail accounts belonging to the suspected scammers. While the warrant does name an inmate suspected to be behind the texts, South Carolina is not naming him at this time because no charges have been filed.