Mom warns against ‘sextortion’ scam after losing son

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (KRON) — A troubling trend the FBI calls “sextortion” is on the rise. One South Bay teen committed suicide in late February after interacting with a cyber scammer.

“They probably spent four or five hours getting to know him and then a couple hours of pressure, he couldn’t handle the pressure and took his life rather than see his pictures posted on the internet,” Pauline Stuart, the mother of the late teen said.

Stuart says her 17-year-old son Ryan Last had a good head on his shoulders. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America, and ready to attend Washington State University, until late February – when a cyber scammer reached out to him.