Do blackmailers expose?
Some do, and some do not, thus combating the problem; you do not know which scammer is extorting you.
Should I block the blackmailer?
No! Blocking could lead to instant exposure or contacting friends and family asking for your contact information.
Should I pay the blackmail demands?
No! Doing so puts you in the hunt. The blackmailer will be all over you, demanding more and more. Keep in mind there is no one or final payment in sextortion.
Should I tell anyone?
Claim someone hacked your account and not open messages or downloads in your name; it could be a virus.
What do I do about my social media?
Turn it 100% private, or shut it down without blocking the blackmailer. Do you need that stupid social account?
What do I do about the blackmail threats?
Stall! Claim you have no money and need to borrow. Push the payment to 24/48 hours. You need time to develop a plan, so stand your ground.
Can a hacker hack the blackmailer and corrupt my compromised content?
No, and do not believe anyone if they claim they can. Your content might be on five different devices by now. Plus, you will never know if the "hacker" got it all. Besides that, it does not stop the blackmail.
Can someone find the blackmailer and stop the demands?
No! The chances of locating the scammer are nil to none. It is also a waste of money because it does not stop the harassment.
Some services claim they can lock down my online profile and monitor my internet activity. Will that help?
The action does not address the threats and potential exposure. To monitor online activity, create Google Alerts for your name.
Will law enforcement help?
Yes, like a fish on a bicycle.
What is blackmail help?
Getting help with blackmail should not be rushed. You are in a vulnerable situation, and some will take advantage. Listen to what companies offer and then ask:
How does the tactic protect my identity?
Will the scammer always know who I am?
How does the tactic prevent exposure?
How does the tactic prevent the blackmailer from contacting my family or employment?
Will the tactic prevent the blackmailer from contacting me in the future?
If there is no solution for each question, move on.
Is it possible to get out of blackmail and not be exposed?
Yes! However, there is no magic button or easy was out. It is a process, and it takes work. You are battling to protect yourself, your family, your employment, and your reputation. The key is to protect your identity, prevent exposure, and get rid of the blackmailer. Therefore, focus on the solution not the problem!
On the rise is Webcam Blackmail. Many sign up to get a little funky on a cam with a partner, huge mistake. When signing up, a user must provide an email address or mobile number for verification. Unless you are using a fake email or burner phone, you have created a trail right to your identity.
The structure of the blackmail is simple. You signup and provide some identifiers. You go live with maybe a real person or perhaps a looped video. When the fun is over, you sign off and forget about the situation.
The nightmare comes creeping a week or two later. More than likely, you will receive a video of yourself doing the business. The hammer comes when the blackmailer reveals your name, spouse's, social media, and employment. The demand is X amount of dollars or euros. Like a ton of bricks, your knees threaten to give out.
What next? Some pay, some ignore, and others act. Most believe that preventing exposure is what they need to focus on to stop blackmail. Wrong! It is difficult to create a combat plan if you concentrate on all the bad that can happen. The fear is the leverage that keeps you paralyzed and in the bubble. It forces you to only think about the disaster that could befall.
I believe it has been proven by the more than thousands of online cases I have worked on. The strategy to combating blackmail and sextortion is to protect your identity, first and foremost. By doing so, you are laying the groundwork to prevent the worst-case scenario. One of the most difficult tasks is getting rid of the blackmailer and making sure they never return.
Before you reach out to a company for assistance, ask yourself; what is help? Obviously, you have never been in this situation, so naturally, you do not know the fix. Some think that tracking down the scoundrel and threatening with the long arm of the law is an idea. Why would a criminal in a far-off land care about your country's law enforcement? They don't! Does hunting the criminal make sense? Even if Sherlock Holmes located them (he won't) it does not guarantee the extortion stops. One more thing, don't ya think the blackmailers took precautions to hide their whereabouts?
From the brains of lawyers come the plan to send a cease and desist letter. But, again, why would a scammer adhere? I am sure you have pleaded your case on deaf ears. More importantly, none of these actions protect your identity. If they know who you are, they can return anytime, which they do.
The first step to combat blackmail is to stall; you need to time get your head together and come up with a plan. Do not pay; doing so is like throwing yourself to the sharks. Instead, claim you have no money, and you need a day or two to borrow funds. No matter the stress, stand your ground! You need that window of opportunity.
Next, hit the internet and either shut down all your social sites or make them private. Read carefully; if the communications are on FB, Instagram, or other social site, do not shut down. Just make it private. For example, on FB, change everything to Only Me. It never hurts to tell friends and followers a hacker hacked your page. Also, what does the blackmailer know about you? Take inventory.
The objective is to convince the rat you are someone else. I know, it sounds impossible considering your identity is already known. However, you are one of X number of victims, and that is what you capitalize on. Again, if you do not attempt to manipulate them, they will always return to your mobile, email, or social media. Better they think you are Hank N. Ahern, then Frank M. Ahearn.
How does one go about protecting their identity from a blackmailer? That is a difficult question, but I can answer it in a consultation. Not to mention, get you out of the mess.
Never pay a blackmailers demands. Doing so demonstrates you are weak and afraid, and it opens the door to you going broke. You also never believe a word the blackmailer says. No, they will not delete the video after one payment. Nor is there a sick child or aunt in the mix.
Online Sextortion typically occurs on social sites. Hence the term Facebook Blackmail, Instagram Sextortion, etc. The setup is rather simple, a stranger friends or follows you, and then begins to chat. When the profile is searched, they are connected to one of your friends; therefore, they appear safe.
The blackmailer entices you to chat live on video, where they are half-dressed and in full seduction mode. You will note, they claim their audio is broke, and cannot speak. They convince you to indulge, and so you compromise yourself. Next comes a list of your Facebook Friends, or Instagram Followers. Pay X amount of dollars, or you will be exposed.
Likes sharks in the water, blackmailers hunt on dating and discretion apps. The blackmail occurs passively and aggressively. The victim searches and chooses someone to chat with, or the blackmailer does. A little chatting takes place where the extortionist extracts identifiers from you. They suggest a video on Skype, Google Hangouts, or WhatsApp. After you compromise yourself, they share what they know about you, like name, address, spouse, and employment. Pay X amount or else. Such is Ashley Madison Blackmail and dating app sextortion.
Escort and masseuse blackmail are quite common; some sex workers have a sideline in extortion. When you share and experience your deep dark fantasies with a stranger, you place yourself in a vulnerable position. The mistake is making contact on your real mobile phone and revealing personal details. The danger in this pandemic is sex workers are not making bank; some are demanding money in exchange for silence.
Text blackmail occurs when you are trying to connect with an escort or masseuse. Instead of reaching a legitimate person, it is a setup. Blackmailers post sex ads online, and when an individual texts for information, it becomes sexual. Your mobile number reveals your identity, and leads to your spouse and employment, which becomes the leverage. If not, you will receive gruesome photos of chopped body parts and a threat of killers coming to your home. Unless you pay.
A discreet relationship of understanding, aka sugar daddy blackmail is where one raises a person above their financial means in exchange for companionship. Problems occur when you want to end the relationship. What most victims are unaware of is their counterpart has prepared for a rainy day. They have photos, texts, emails, and financial transactions. Relationship blackmail can escalate into stalking.
Women are usually the victims of predator blackmail, which is when a degenerate blackmails not for money but explicit photos and videos. It is a terrorizing and frightening situation and can be difficult to combat.
Why me, Frank M. Ahearn? I have been in the extreme privacy business for over thirty years. I have worked with thousands of victims, from stalking, personal danger, online blackmail, and extortion. I am the author of the New York Times Bestseller, How to Disappear. When not working with clients, I travel and speak for organizations about online and offline privacy.
My expertise is protecting your identity, preventing exposure, and making sure the blackmailer does not return. The difference between using my service and others is you get me, not an office full of people. Which keeps your secret safe. As far as companies online claiming they find the scammer, it is not happening, and I should know, I am one of the leading skip tracers (finds people) in the world.
If you want to learn more about me, read about me online, or on my other website: www.FrankAhearn.com
I believe the most important tactic in combating blackmail is to protect your identity. I utilize methods that manipulate the blackmailer into thinking you are someone else. Plus, searching for the extortionist does nothing to prevent exposure. My tactics both protect and prevent those you know and love from finding out what occurred. Finally, saying to someone who is holding you hostage to stop is fantasy. My tactics assure future privacy.
There are different types of blackmail and blackmail groups; the consultation provides an opportunity for me to listen to your story, identify which organization, and create a tailored strategy for you. Depending on the situation will determine if you can take the tools and combat yourself.
For those who do not want to go at it alone, I offer an extended service where I direct you through the process and with you until you are off the hook. I also create online disinformation, which protects your identity, family, and employment. Dealing with sextortion is highly stressful and emotional. I become the sounding board and support you need.
What to do about blackmail, Facebook Blackmail, and Instagram Sextortion? Contact FA@FrankAhearn.com
After payment, please email me at FA@FrankAhearn.com, and INCLUDE PHONE NUMBER.
If I do not respond immediately, it means I am on a plane, or my email is in your SPAM.
Do not send money to the blackmailer, I will contact you ASAP.
Your head will be spinning and thinking about how your life will crumble if exposed. Be strong, be Stoic, and recognize that the fake negotiations allow you to create a game plan.