Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Pennsylvania Man Allegedly Targeted Underage Victims:
FBI asks for public’s help in social media extortion case involving underage female victims

The FBI in Buffalo is seeking to identify potential victims of a Pennsylvania man who allegedly preyed on underage teens using Snapchat social media.

Kaung Myat Kyaw, 22, of Penn Hills, near Pittsburg, is accused of enticing underage females to produce and transmit sexually explicit videos and photos. The FBI is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential victims from across the nation who were less than 18 years old and may have been asked by a person to produce sexually graphic videos or photographs or engage in sexual conduct.

“We are also looking for anyone who may have had contact by someone with the usernames: Savnxh, jokerxkris, krxs.com or variations of these usernames,” FBI officials said in a news release. “Please also note these were not the only usernames used to contact victims.”

Contact may have occurred by text message in which Kyaw would pose as Snapchat support stating that victim’s account was logged in from an IP address that was not their own, agents said. He would then ask for login credentials or a reset password code, and sometimes the PIN for the victim’s “My Eyes Only” folder.

Once the information was received, the victim’s account would be taken over and Kyaw would allegedly save the photos.

Contact may also have been made through “catfishing,” FBI agents said. Kyaw would allegedly pose as a bisexual 14 to 16-year-old female on various friend finding platforms. The conversations would move from the platform to Snapchat, where nude images would be exchanged.

After the exchange of photographs, or after Kyaw accessed and obtained nude photographs from the victim’s Snapchat account, a separate account would add the victim and begin attempting to extort the victim by initiating the “7 Day Challenge,” agents said.

The challenge involved the victim producing increasingly demeaning sexual photographs and videos for the next seven days. If the victim did not participate in the challenge, Kyaw allegedly threatened to send their nude images to their family and friends.

If you, your minor dependents, or anyone you know has been victimized by Kaung Myat Kyaw or has information relevant to this investigation, you are askedto visit fbi.gov/7dc and complete a short questionnaire.

If you know of someone else who has possibly been victimized by Kaung Myat Kyaw, the FBI is asking you to encourage the victim to complete the form themselves.

The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes it investigates. Victims may be eligible for certain services, restitution, and rights under federal and/or state law.

Responses are voluntary but may be useful in the federal investigation and to identify potential victims. Based on the responses provided, those who fill out the survey may be contacted by the FBI and asked to provide additional information. All identities of victims will be kept confidential.

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