In Depew, New York, a man gets arrested for operating a scam on Facebook, a scam wherein women were made to send sexy or nude photographs.
An Online “Modeling” Scam
According to the police, a Facebook page was set up by Todd Nicosia from Banko Drive. Using a fake name, “Katherine Legos,” he pretended to be a representative from the “Next Modeling” agency in New York City. Through this fake account, Nicosia lured women into sending him pictures of themselves wearing “Sleep Wear,” a popular brand of clothing. He promised to pay them huge amounts of money in exchange for the pictures.
Apparently, the women were told by Nicosia that they would be part of a modeling shoot later this year, in Rochester. Some of them were even told that for extra money, they could be asked to take part in a pornographic film. Promising to pay them extra money, these women were convinced by Nicosia to send him nude pictures.
Caught in the Act
Nicosia was finally caught when one of the women he had victimized became suspicious of the “urgency” of his online requests. Using his e-mail account, detectives were able to track him down, and on Sunday, he himself surrendered to the police. Nicosia is charged with multiple cases, namely: aggravated harassment, criminal impersonation, and scheme to defraud.
Notably, detectives from the Cheektowaga and Lancaster Police Departments helped Depew Police in tracking down Nicosia. Findings indicate that there were no child pornography materials on his computer.