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.
Note: Hiring a private investigator or cybersecurity company to trace or locate the blackmailer serves no purpose. What matters is preventing exposure.
The strategy of preemptive blackmail is containment. If a blackmailer cannot contact your family, friends, or business associates, they cannot cause harm. The tactic is to create a fake online social presence using your name and a few identifiers. I then connect your "profile" to other fake profiles which I control. If the blackmailer decides to expose you, the blackmailer will be exposing you to fake accounts. I design the Preemptive Blackmail Service based on the blackmail, what the extortionist knows, and your current social profile.
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