HIGH POINT, N.C. — HIGH POINT, N.C. – More than 40 women in possibly three states have been connected with a “sextortion” scam that played out over Instagram.
High Point Police said six more women have now been added to the list of victims that fell for Kevin Kerney’s scam.
On Wednesday, police arrested 32-year-old, Kevin Kerney from Denton who told women he was with a modeling agency in order to get photos of them and extort their social media accounts.
UNC Greensboro (UNCG) Police said they were alerted to the scam by a student. They later discovered five students were scammed during a three-month investigation.
The social media scam offered young women modeling opportunities. The offer was followed by a request to submit revealing photos of themselves. After receiving the photos, Kerney allegedly threatened to post them publicly unless they shared private information like social media accounts and passwords.
Kerney is currently charged with five counts of Felony Extortion and five counts of Misdemeanor Cyberstalking connected with the UNCG cases.
In High Point, police said the incidents occurred between February 26, 2017 – October 31, 2018. Each victim was threatened repeatedly with the dissemination of nude photographs to family, friends, social media contacts. Police obtained additional warrants for six counts of Felony Extortion and six counts of Misdemeanor Cyberstalking. He was served additional warrants while in jail.
The scam has victims in North Carolina, Virginia, and possibly South Carolina.
Kerney was placed in the Guilford County Jail.
If you think you have been a victim of this scam contact Detective Yokely at 336-887-7860 with the High Point Police Department.