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Thursday August 05, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT

Cyber Security


A Web of Lies: Jake’s Story

Thursday March 22, 2018

It only took five days for an invisible criminal to destroy Jake’s life.

Jake was a promising young college student. Generous, thoughtful and a prankster. The Utah native met what he thought was a girl online. She asked for a nude photo. He sent her one.

And that’s when his nightmare began.

Such cases underscores the importance of understanding how to identify the risk factors, how to avoid the situation, and what to do when this crime has occurred.

If you are unfamiliar with sexual extortion, please take a moment to watch the video below. Jake’s mother, Cindy, bravely shares her son’s story with DPS. And if you feel that you’ve been a victim of this, or other cyber crimes, please report it to and


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