Blackmail & Extortion



  1. Slow it down - Scams are often designed to create a sense of urgency. Take time to ask questions and think it through.
  2. Spot check - Do your research to double check the details you are getting. Does what they’re telling you make sense?
  3. Stop! Don’t send - No reputable person or agency will ever demand payment or your personal information on the spot.


Were you the victim of a sexual extortion scam?  “Sextortion” is a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favors or payment from the victim.  Social media and text messages are often the source of the sexual material and the threatened means of sharing it with others.

The individual recorded your webcam session.  They contact you with a link to the video and instruct you to pay a fee or the video will be made public and distributed to contacts on your social network sites.  

If someone has posted your personal information or uploaded a video of you without your consent, you can request removal of content based on our Privacy Guidelines.  You may also report videos that contain inappropriate content by flagging the video.

Additional resources for victims of sextortion are available.


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