According to WIAT-TV, FBI officials are warning parents in Alabama about a new threat facing our children.

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Investigators refer to it as "sextortion" and it involves a predator luring a minor to create and then send sexually explicit images or a video.

After this the adult predator threatens the child and claims they will release the material unless the child continues producing videos and images, reported WIAT-TV.

The FBI says they have seen a huge increase in the number of these cases, according to FBI.gov.

The FBI warns that "sextortion" can begin on any site, app, or platform.

One Alabama family has already dealt with "sextortion" and it led to the very tragic death of a youth.

As reported by WBRC-TV, the family lost their child to suicide after dealing with "sextortion".

Brian Montgomery is a grieving dad who now tries to get the word out to other Alabama parents before it's too late.

The Montgomery family lost their 16-year-old son Walker, after he responded to a chat request on Instagram believing he was talking to an attractive female.

That quickly, this young Alabama teen was the target of "sextortion".

The FBI warns that two types of "sextortion" exist. An additional type of "sextortion" called "financial sextortion" is also on the rise in Alabama and around the country.

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