SUNNYVALE (KRON) — A 29-year old Sunnyvale man is now in jail while authorities look for more potential victims of an allegedly complex scheme to fool girls into sending him sexually provocative pictures.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies say they first came across Scott Angelo in June when a teenager reported she had been a victim of the alleged scam. Detectives say Angelo sent a text message to the girl claiming to be her father and saying he had a new phone. In the message, the text purportedly from Angelo mentions a co-worker starting a swim suit line and looking for models.
Authorities say the swim suit line did not exist. Investigators now say they’ve linked Angelo to at least four other similar cases in Santa Cruz County and one each in Indiana and Maryland.
Investigators say when they raided Angelo’s Sunnyvale home they found at least 50 pictures he had received from his victims.
“We have to remind everyone out there, please don’t respond to electronic requests for anything that should remain private, there are just too many scams out there to take advantage of people and some of these guys are really sophisticated,” Santa Cruz County sheriffs deputy Ryan Kennedy says in a written statement.
Authorities say they believe Angelo has other victims that have not been identified. They’re hoping the story of Angelo’s arrest will bring more of those potential victims forward.
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