What to Do If Someone Is Blackmailing You for Watching Porn

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Blackmail scams are becoming a norm for cybercriminals. Depending on how long you’ve had your current email address, you may be receiving more than 5 scam emails every single day. In most cases, these emails are blocked by your email provider’s spam filter. However, blackmail scams are a particularly dangerous and harmful variant of a scam email.

Often time you will receive an email that suggests that a particular group has hacked your computer. These emails tend to claim that they have recorded you through your webcam while using pornographic sites. Considering how wide-spread use of pornography has become online, it’s not hard for them to find victims who may believe this story.

So how can you tell if a blackmailer is legit or just trying to trick you into sending them money? Below are the steps you need to take to protect yourself from illicit blackmail.

How To Spot Fake Blackmail Attempts

When you first get one of these ‘blackmail’ messages, it can be easy to panic. However, there are several signs you should look out for that may indicate whether or not you have anything to worry about.

Does the email mention any details? If the email is boilerplate and contains none of your personal information, then the chances are that the blackmailer has nothing on you. Your name would be one of the easiest things to figure out if a hacker had breached your computer. If they’re not referring to you by name or giving you your approximate location, then they’re probably lying to you.

Do they provide any proof? If someone has compromising footage of you, then at the very least, screenshots should be included in the email. If there are no screenshots or video, then that’s another sign that they’re just trying to make a quick buck.

Has anyone else got this exact email before? There’s a real chance that this exact email you’ve received has been sent to many recipients at the same time. If that’s the case proving it’s fake is as simple as copying a section of the text into Google. If it comes back with a bunch of results of people who’ve got emails with almost the same wording, then you’re probably safe.

What to Do If You’re Really Being Blackmailed

If you’ve concluded that a blackmailer is serious, then you need to take immediate action. Do not respond to the email. The first thing you need to do is copy the email address of the sender. A quick Google search should always be your first port of call so that you can attempt to gather information on your potential blackmailer.

Once you’ve gathered information about your blackmailer, you should contact your local authorities to file a police report. Depending on where you live, you may have a specific law enforcement branch that deals with online cases such as these. When filing your report, make sure to include as much information as you can, including your blackmailer’s email address, your own email address, and any other details you may have been able to find.

Important note from Jonas Borchgrevink, Director of Hacked:

Blackmailers and cybercriminals in general are after a quick profit. In most cases, they are not after hurting your reputation. If they understand that they won’t be getting any money from you no matter what they do, they will move on to their next victims. It is so important that you do not send cybercriminals any money, and that you do not communicate with them. Do not add more fuel to the fire. If you have any concerns, feel free to reach out to us at Hacked.

How to Avoid Blackmail Scams

Prevention is the best defense against these sorts of scams. If you’re viewing pornographic sites online, make sure that it is always a trustworthy site with a good reputation. Never click on any suspicious links promising free services that seem too good to be true. If you can, use a VPN service to protect yourself, and always keep webcams covered or disconnected when not in use.

If you’ve found yourself the victim of online blackmail scams, then you can contact us, and we’ll offer you advice on what to do next.

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William Worrall
A gaming and technology writer who has been building computers and tinkering with software since he was a teenager. Previously involved with various prestigious websites, including TechRaptor.net and CCN.COM. Now tutorial creator for Hacked.com.

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