“It is believed at this time that this scam is nationwide and not just local,” said Smyrna Cpl. Brian Donner.

Smyrna Police Department investigators are warning the public about an online scam that has recently been reported.

Cpl. Brian Donner said over the past few weeks, the department has investigated reports of an unknown suspect or suspects attempting to extort money from people they meet on dating websites.

The suspect or suspects are posing as young women and eventually exchange explicit photos with unsuspecting victims. Once photos are exchanged, the suspect or suspects contact the victims and claim to be a Smyrna police officer investigating them for exchanging photos with underage females. The suspect or suspects then demand that the victims pay them money or they will be arrested. The suspect or suspects typically ask for untraceable sources of money such as green dot cards, pay pal, etc.

“It is believed at this time that this scam is nationwide and not just local,” Donner said. “The public is reminded that the police will never solicit money from them during an investigation or as a way to avoid arrest.”

Anyone who has experienced this scam is encouraged to contact Smyrna Detective Bill Davis, (302) 653-9217, or the closest police department.

Anyone who has a question about someone claiming to be a Smyrna police officer is encouraged to call 911 or the Smyrna police at (302) 653-9217.