Parents have been warned by police to be "on their guard" after a 15-year-old girl's Snapchat account was hacked into by sickos who then messaged her friends encouraging them all to self harm.
Criminals then demanded money from the victim in order for her to be given control of the account once again.
Police have issued advice to parents and teenagers following the shocking incident.
Detective Inspector Paul Masters said: "Although this particular incident affected someone in the Southampton area, this is just one of a series of reports of this same type of fraud being committed throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
"In this case, the victim has done the right thing by refusing to pay anything and by contacting all her friends to let them know individually to ignore the messages from her Snapchat.
"But we need to alert the general public – in particular young people and their parents – to be on their guard and to follow some simple advice."
The terrifying incident is just the latest social media warning for parents and young people.
This week TikTok users were warned not to click on a thumbnail which shows a bearded man with glasses speaking to someone on the phone after it emerged the clip shows a man livestreaming his own death by shooting himself in the face with a shotgun.
Ronnie McNutt, 33, killed himself in his Mississippi home on August 31 while he was livestreaming from his computer.
In the days since, the horrific clip was reuploaded to various social media platforms including TikTok, a video-sharing app that is hugely popular among children and teenagers.
Anyone who has had something similar happen to one of their accounts can report it online to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. If anyone is in immediate danger or at risk from harm, always dial 999.
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