This is a sad story. The victim is an older man who arranged for telephone dates through MegaMates. Little did he know that the “dates” that he had were actually with inmates in the Oklahoma prison system. The man had confided to one of his “dates” that he had not disclosed his sexual orientation to his family. The “date” (actually an inmate) then threatened to expose his secret to his family unless the man paid him money. They further threatened violence. The man sent them close to $700K over a period of five months (!). Yikes.
The man is now suing GEO Group, the owner/operator of the prison, because they “allowed” inmates to use cellphones to commit the extortion (whether or not the inmates were allowed is definitely up for debate…unfortunately, combating cellphones is a trial for every correctional system). Still, gotta feel bad for the guy.
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