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A DISTURBING scam where users are threatened with the distribution of false explicit pictures has taken root online.

Users seeking loans through crediting apps are lured into turning over personal information, which is leveraged against them when repayments are due.

1Cash advance apps are a small-dollar amount alternative to a bank loan

Cash advance apps lend users small amounts of money with a fixed timeline to pay it back before interest starts to accrue.

Lax policies and light regulation of the Google Play Store have resulted in an app landscape that is littered with malicious cash advance tools.

Scammers running a scheme on a cash lending app are relentless in their attacks.

One victim based in Mexico explained to Rest of World that after she missed a payment deadline, her face was photoshopped onto an explicit photo that was sent to her 13-year-old daughter.

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“It’s terrifying and depressing,” the victim told Rest of World.

“They send you extremely aggressive messages that fill you with fear.”

The victim downloaded additional lending apps to try to make up the money to her attackers, only to find the other lending apps were leading scams against unsuspecting users as well.

Her life and the lives of her family members were threatened.

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“It never crosses your mind that [lending apps] will use all that information to psychologically attack you.”

Google has capped interest rates from cash advanced apps to protect users from being trapped by increasing debt.

“Our Google Play developer policies are designed to protect users and keep them safe,” a Google spokesperson explained to the Wall Street Journal.

“We expanded our financial-services policy to protect people from deceptive and exploitative personal-loan terms.”

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While Google's work to limit interest rates is a solid action to prevent legitimate cash advance apps from upcharging, malicious apps are somehow dodging regulation.

Google reportedly crawled their app store for potential threats, but SexTechGuide found that a majority of cash advance apps that have harassed users or threatened doxxing are still available for download.

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‘Tragic Loss:’ South Jersey Boxer, Aspiring Welder Dies Suddenly, 16

South Jersey boxer and aspiring welder Hector L. Nazario, Jr. died unexpectedly in Vineland on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the age of 16.

Described as being full of energy and constantly active, Hector was a boxer and played basketball and football, his obituary says.

He also had a creative side and enjoyed journaling, writing songs, and rapping in his free time, according to his memorial.

Hector had unique goals of pursuing glass blowing and welding in his future and was known for his love for his family and many friends.

Hector leaves behind his loving parents, Hector L. Nazario, Sr., and Monica Nash; caring siblings, Samuel Williams Nash, Denija Melendez, Isabel D. Nazario, Te-Amo Nazario and Skyler Nazario; grandfather, Eddie Vasquez; nephews, Zion and Damari; longtime family friend, Christy Garrison and her children, Tatiana, Angelina, Ayanna, and Malachi; as well as numerous extended family members and close friends.

Meanwhile, more than $1,200 had been raised on a GoFundMe to transport Hector’s body from Vineland to Trenton prior to his funeral, which was held at the Chiacchio Southview Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 1.

“…Our family suffered a tragic loss,” reads the fundraiser.

“Hector’s life was cut short and god called him home at only 16 years old, one month shy of his 17th birthday. We are shaken to our cores at this unexpected turn of events and would like the give Hector the funeral he would have wanted and deserves, to honor his memory and say our last goodbyes.”

Donations to the fundraiser had since been disabled.

“Hector was the sweetest little boy from the time he was born until the day his soul left us, to know him was to love him,” reads the campaign.

“This is the hardest loss our family has ever had to deal with and we appreciate all of your prayers.”

Click here to view the full obituary of Hector L. Nazario, Jr. 

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