Adult chat sites can provide a great opportunity to have fun and flirt with like-minded people.
However, as with many online contact media, there are some participants who are after your money rather than your time.
Does your child use internet chat rooms or social networking websites?
If so, do you know how easy the internet makes it for someone to create a whole new, fake identity?
Are you the parent of a child who uses the internet or the parent of a child who will start using the internet soon?
If you are, you should know that the internet is a great way to stay up-to-date on the news, do research for school projects, and communicate with friends, but it can also be very dangerous.
A short time later, you might receive a text or an email demanding payment or else the compromising photos that you've sent will appear online for the whole world to see.
In cases like these, the victim has no way of knowing whether the blackmailer will carry out their threat, but some don't take that chance and willingly hand over a cash payment, hoping that will be the end of the matter.
You might think that there's no harm in this as you're both in it together.
Then the new 'friend' might vanish without a word, leaving you as the victim feeling puzzled and slightly worried.
After some pretty intense, heavy duty online conversation, the scammer may suggest that you exchange mobile numbers so that you can 'sext' each other.
You might agree and the 'sexting' will begin, usually escalating very quickly to exchanging intimate selfies.
However, many are too embarrassed to make a complaint, and besides, the blackmailer usually vanishes without trace as soon as the police become involved.