Pastors, Nude Photos and Phony Agents at the Root of Money Extortion Scam

Pastors, Nude Photos and Phony Agents at the Root of Money Extortion Scam
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July 30, 2014

Online romances and seductive photos lead to a call from a pastor, a demand for money and the threat of arrest in an elaborate scam to coerce money from unsuspecting victims.

Justin DeWayne Moore of South Carolina and two family members concocted the hoax that duped at least five victims from Charlotte, Wake County, Stokes County and Oklahoma. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking for other victims to come forward.

DeWayne Moore was arrested on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, and faces extradition to Charlotte. He faces charges of extortion and impersonating a law enforcement officer. One of his alleged partners is already incarcerated in a South Carolina prison.

According to reports from victims, the scam began on the website mocospace.com where they began conversations with who they believed was a woman. After exchanging phone numbers, the woman then sent the victims nude photographs.

Shortly after, a man identifying himself as a pastor called to claim that the woman was his underage daughter. Upon confronting his phony daughter, he claims that she threw her phone though one of the church's windows. The pastor demanded the victims pay for the broken window or they would be turned into the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).

The next call came from a supposed SBI agent using the name of the special agent in charge at the Charlotte field office. The imposter demanded that victims pay between $200 and $400 each using a reloadable debit card or face arrest on criminal charges.

The scam began to fall apart when victims called the real SBI agent at the Charlotte office. Agents in North Carolina and South Carolina worked to unravel the scheme.

Cooper is asking that victims of the scam contact the SBI at 1-800-334-3000.

The scam began to fall apart when victims called the real SBI agent at the Charlotte office. Agents in North Carolina and South Carolina worked to unravel the scheme.

Cooper is asking that victims of the scam contact the SBI at 1-800-334-3000.