Q. How to trace and find a blackmailer?
A. You don't read on.
Tracing and trying to locate a blackmailer do not serve a purpose in protecting your identity and preventing exposure. In the digital age hiding behind technology is a piece of cake, and online blackmailers take full advantage and cover their tracks.
They do not use mobile numbers associated with their identity but a prepaid burner. An APP, like TextMe or TextNow, is downloaded on the burner, which offers fake mobile numbers from almost any city or country. A prepaid debit card not connected to their identity pays for the service. I spent a lifetime tracing phone numbers worldwide; I have busted thousands of numbers. Anyone claiming they can identify a burner's end-user in Cote d'Ivoire, Morocco, or The Philippines is outright lying. Even if they could, who's to say the subscriber is the one using the phone and blackmailing. I often provide prepaid mobile phones to my clients who need to disappear.
Okay, the professional you hired claims they discovered the identity of the blackmailer. They plan to make contact and demand they stop blackmailing you. Do you believe this tactic works? Why not do it yourself? Because they will not. Do you think a criminal in a far-off place is dumb enough to be traced, or afraid a private investigator who supposedly discovered their identity and whereabouts? The answer is no.
The same goes for tracing a blackmailer's email address. Anyone can read the header and extract IP addresses. Everyone also knows that you can use a VPN for basic privacy. The first rule of crime is not to get caught, so enacting tactics to hide one's location is primary. Blackmailers spend day in and day out terrorizing people. Why wouldn't they protect their identities?
Many clients believe they know the blackmailer's name because they sent a Western Union or Money Gram payment to X in X country. Scammers never receive money directly. Money Mules get paid 10% to pick up the funds and forward.
The plan to locate a blackmailer and demand they back off does nothing to protect your identity. They still know your name, mobile number, email, and possibly family, friends, and followers. How does tracing them prevent a second round and returning in thirty or ninety days? It does not. How does it protect your family? It does not.
Ask yourself if tracing the target will prevent exposure. What stops them from sending to your family or posting online. Nothing! You will live in a limbo state and wonder where your content is on the internet and if today will be the day they send to your spouse or employer. Don't give up control!
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.
If you still want to pay some to find the blackmailer, good luck. However, remember the true tactics of combating and winning in blackmail is protecting your identity, preventing exposure, and ridding yourself of the scammer. Nothing less.
Frank M. Ahearn,
The Blackmail Expert
The number one concern in stopping blackmail is protecting your identity. Because the blackmailer knows who you are, it does not mean they can't be manipulated. Frank M. Ahearn is an expert in disinformation.
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