Just last week Federal law enforcement officials warned of an explosion of “sextortion” cases targeting teenagers and young boys, saying the online schemes have been linked to at least 12 suicides this year.

In a news release, the FBI and the Justice Department said a large portion of the sextortion crimes originate in Nigeria and the Ivory Coast and are driven by “financial gain,” not sex — a fact that a Justice Department official said makes this trend different from other child exploitation crimes that have historically been motivated by sexual attraction to minors.