A shocked mother has contacted the police after a “creep” started messaging her on social media asking her for pictures of a child.
Selina Morton, 32, said the man added her on Facebook and then Snapchat, then he began offering her money for pictures.
Police said yesterday they were investigating the matter.
Selina, from Arbroath, the mother of four boys, said: “He added me on Facebook and I didn’t think much about it.
“I thought he was maybe someone I knew from the past. Then he added me on Snapchat.
“He sent me a message asking if I wanted to earn £200. I asked him how, and he said, ‘send me a jeans pic’.
“I asked him if he meant a pic of a pair of jeans and he said he wanted a pic of me lying down wearing them.
“Then he said if I sent him a pic of a seven-year-old girl wearing jeans, he would give me £300.
“Alarm bells started ringing and I asked him why he would want a picture of a young girl and told him that wasn’t right.
“I asked him again why he would want that kind of picture and he said it was ‘because he’s a man’ – to which I responded that if that was the case he’d want pictures of over-16s.
“I called him out on it again and he blocked me.”
Selina, who lives in the Mayfield area of the town, shared a screenshot of the messages on Facebook to warn others but has since taken them down while police investigate the matter.
She added: “I wanted to make people aware of what this guy was doing.
“What kind of grown man asks strangers for pictures of young children? I looked at his profile and I think he’s set up a fake one to do this. One of the profiles says he is living in Edinburgh, which I think is a lie.
“After I posted the screenshot, a lot of people messaged saying they received the same messages.
“What worries me is if someone is desperate for the money, they might end up sending him a picture.
“I just hope the police catch him.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We are carrying out inquiries.”