What to do about blackmail? You begin by protecting your online profile and identity. Then you work on defending against photo and video exposure. Frank M. Ahearn is a privacy expert who helps victims of online blackmail and sextortion.
What to do about blackmail? I can tell you being here is your best move yet. My name is Frank M. Ahearn, I am a privacy consultant, digital manipulator, and author of The New York Times Bestseller How to Disappear. I have been finding people, disappearing people, erasing online information, and combating online blackmail, sextortion, and relationship blackmail for numerous years.
I am not going to bore you with a statistic or anything of that nature, only what you need to know to solve your problem. Number one, there are different types of blackmailers out there, some want quick hits of cash, and vanish. While others want it all and will try to bleed you to the bone. The problem is you do not know which you are dealing with.
You are thinking about the potential exposure, and it is freaking you out. Dealing with that comes in time, what is most important is protecting our online information and identity. As well as family, and if they know your employment. Protection comes in the form of creating digital manipulation and online disinformation. Let's not get too far ahead.
Blackmail is broken down into short-term and long-term. Short, is getting the extortionist off your current communications and backing them off. Long, is keeping them away, from you, your family, and work by creating digital disinformation.
Most victims of blackmail jump the gun and are ready for help from any company that advertises. Stop, gather your thoughts, think with your head, and not out of fear. Blackmailers pose as companies that claim they assist victims, lawyers want to send a cease and desist letter, other companies want to search for the blackmailer. These actions do not stop blackmail, so if you are not cautious, your fear will be the cause of your victimization. Search my name, Frank M. Ahearn, and you will find out exactly who I am and what I do.
A blackmail consultation allows me to understand your situation. Like, the type of blackmailer you are facing, what they know about you, how they communicate with you, and the immediate danger points.
If the situation requires long-term, there are items to consider.
If you are in a blackmail or sextortion situation, I can help. So set up a consultation, and by the way, I work alone, which assures discretion.
Frank M. Ahearn
Online blackmail and sextortion go beyond the digital world, and when it does, it is challenging to combat. I am referring to situations where individuals have physically entered your life, be it for one hour or one year.
In-call escorts, who enter a home or hotel room, provide opportunities to gather information to set a person up. One step out of the room allows them to search through your belongings, collect identification, confidential business data, who knows.
What is even more dangerous is the relationship of understanding or, as some call it, a sugar daddy situation. These situations feed or raise a person's financial standings and status. Plus, you have opened the door to your life, possibly traveled, in photos together, and did the deed of sending them an electronic payment, a severe digital footprint. The precarious part will come when you decide to end the relationship, and they will then fall from financial grace. Who knows what the reaction will be, a demand for a big payoff to walk away? Or enact revenge.
Blackmail is not gendered biased; women too fall prey. Typically, those of wealth and success. These blackmailers are usually younger or less successful males. Many who find themselves in arrangements know it is not forever; therefore, some prepare for a rainy day. One of the issues with knowing your blackmailer is it can turn into a stalking situation where they don't disappear from your life. When relationship blackmail begins, it can be hard to discern the true motivations of the individual. Sometimes it can be a play for a big payoff or a grave emotional issue. Either one is not good for you.
I have worked cases where blackmailers hunkered down in a hotel near a victim's home. The physical presence is a threat to the possibility of knocking one's door. Then what occurs is notes on parked cars, photos of the building where one works, and the extreme of pictures taken of family members. All of this is stalking, again is it emotional or a vicious game played for a payday. If you are in an arrangement with someone, plan carefully on how you are going to end. Is there the possibility it can become explosive?
Protecting yourself and getting out of blackmail relationship is a delicate matter. If you are in one, I can help.