John DeMay Lost His Son
to a Sextortion Scam

Online crime is often inventive, but it can also be cruel with fatal results

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John DeMay’s son was a normal teenager, which is exactly what a sextortion ring based in Nigeria was counting on when they targeted him. This week’s episode features a conversation about the fatal outcome of a sextortion scam, and an important takeaway.

Please be aware that the subject matter we discuss this week is important, but also difficult and potentially upsetting. If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or in mental crisis, please call or text the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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About the Hosts

Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here’s What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We’ve got your back.


What the Hack with Adam Levin is a production of Loud Tree Media and is executive produced by Adam Levin and Beau Friedlander and produced by Andrew Steven and Travis Taylor.

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