February 22, 2023

Starkville Father Speaks Out After Son Commits Suicide Due To ‘Sextortion’ Instagram Scam

Morgan Howard

A Starkville father is speaking out after his son committed suicide after being the victim of a scam on Instagram.

Brian Montgomery, the father, told Fox News that his 16-year-old son, Walker Montgomery killed himself on December 1.

The scam targets young teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 17.

According to his obituary, Walker loved football and excelled in academics. He was described as having an “innate and boundless appreciation and love for the outdoors”.

Walker’s father said that scammers from Nigeria extorted money from his son over a video the teenager made. They told Walker that they would share the video if he didn’t pay them a certain amount of money.

The scammers usually pretend to be a mutual friend of the victim and often use the profile picture of an attractive girl.

Walker’s father said that they did a video chat with Walker which soon included nudity between the scammer and Walker.

“On the other side of that, they were actually videoing Walker,” Brian said.

They then extorted Walker for $1,000.

Fox News reported that “The information we collected shows that the pressure Walker was under was unbearable. Walker finally told the scammers, ‘Hey, I’m going to commit suicide. I’m going to kill myself.’ And they respond with, ‘Go ahead, because you’re already dead.’

“I want people to understand the evil that is out there in the world that is after our kids,” Brian continued, as he spoke with Fox News.

At the end of the interview, Brian shared some advice with other parents. He warned parents to not allow their children to be alone with a phone. “Because they are not capable of understanding the dangers that are on the other side of it.”

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch spoke on this topic saying,

“Remember, if this happens to you, it’s never too late to get help, don’t be embarrassed, you’re not alone.”

She then gave the following tips for internet safety:

  • If someone threatens to release explicit photos of you or your child and demands money, stop responding.
  • Do not send any more images.
  • Do not pay them any money.
  • Take screenshots.
  • Report and block the user.
  • Report it to the CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.org.

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