Sometimes people make the mistake of trusting someone they met on a dating site or a social site. They forget or ignore the fact that the person they are chatting with is an unidentified stranger.
Blackmail and sextortion occur after victims send compromising photos or videos. However, it is essential to know that online extortion also involves information, like trash talking family, friends, neighbors, or a boss.
Unfortunately, once a victim sends pictures, videos, or information there is no turning back. The dilemma comes when the blackmailer demands money. The question is, do you pay or not? If you pay, they come back for more, and there will be no end in sight. Not adhering could trigger the blackmailer to action.
Forget the idea of paying; it is a lose, lose situation, and you will dig yourself deeper into victimization. However, since you do not know how the extortionist will react, I suggest preparing for the worst and consider damage control.
I have spent years helping clients climb out of precarious situations. My tools and expertise have always been deception based. Which means, I battle deception, with deception. If you are a victim of blackmail or sextortion, I can help. The first step is to set up a phone, email, or video consultation.
Blackmailers typically target victims on dating apps, dating site, and social sites. Depending on how you met the blackmailer determines how much information they know about you, which is especially important when combatting.
Dating Site: If you connected on a dating site and your communications were mobile texting or emailing the blackmailer may have limited information. The question is, do they know your identity, if not can they locate using your mobile number, email address, and other info you shared?
Social Site: If you met on a social site, your profile and privacy preferences determine what the blackmailer knows about you. Such information could be where you live, work, family, and friends, which is a wealth of information.
A blackmailer can only blackmail you if they can contact you. One of the tactics to combat sextortion and blackmail is to Go Dark. Therefore, the ultimate question is what information they can find about you and can that information lead to contact.
The Blackmail Profile Service consists of searching your online and offline profile and locating vulnerable points of contact or connection. I explain which information you must combat, and how. Or you can use my Going Dark Service.
Frank M. Ahearn has been finding missing people for over thirty years. As a privacy expert he helps victims of stalkers, and others who have extreme privacy issues. Frank is the author of The New York Times Best Seller, How To Disappear.
As a public speaker Frank has spoken for Berlin Smart Cities, Berlin-New Scientist Live, London - Arvato, Baden Baden - 2b AHEAD, Wolfsburg - Association of Directors, Monaco - Paperjam, Luxembourg - Princeton University - Lehigh University - Romance Writers of America - Mystery Writers of America - Sisters in Crime - Law Enforcement Professionals