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2021-08-12

Sextortion: How To Deal With This Growing Crime

You meet someone online and start talking. It turns flirty, then sexy, and then … boom. 

Suddenly that person you thought you were having fun with says she recorded your video chat, and says she is going to share it with your family, friends and boss. The only way to stop her, she says, is to pay her money. Lots of money. 

It’s called sextortion, and it is one of the fastest growing crimes on the internet. Thousands of Americans fall victim to this crime every year, and that number is growing.  

Typically, there is a gang of people behind the person you flirted with, and soon your phone is blowing up with threats and [...]

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2018-09-24

FBI Says Online Blackmail is on the Rise

Online blackmail is happening more frequently these days, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

The IC3 reports an increase in extortion attempts received via email and postal mail, often using the victim’s specific user information to add authenticity. The “recipient’s personal information is noted in the email or letter to add a higher degree of intimidation to the scam. For example, a recipient’s user name or password is provided at the beginning of the email or letter,” the FBI reports.

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2018-08-29

Fighting Cyber Harassment and Online Extortion

Are you being harassed or blackmailed online? We can help you fight back.

Individuals, small businesses and large corporations are open to all sorts of online attacks:

People set up fake social media or email accounts, pretending to be you, to spread lies or doctored photos and videos in order to embarrass you, spoil your reputation or hurt your business. Someone pretends to be a friend to prompt you to share private, personal information or photos, then threatens to share them with the world unless you pay a ransom. Someone harasses you online so much you block them, only to see them create a new account and resume the harassment all over again.

In such cases, the [...]

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