PETALUMA, Calif. (KRON) — A person tells police they were blackmailed by a TikTok scammer using their loved one’s ashes, according to a release from the Petaluma Police Department.

PPD says the victim made contact with a TikTok seller who claimed to “create artwork from cremated ashes.” After the victim paid the seller and sent the ashes, they reported that the seller blackmailed them and demanded $3,000 to return the ashes.

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Police say that the victim is sharing their story to keep “anyone else from falling prey to the same heartless crime.” If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, please contact PPD’s non-emergency line at 707-778-4373 to file a report.