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What is sextortion?

Sextortion, also known as ‘webcam blackmail’, is when intimate images and videos are recorded and used for financial exploitation and coercion.

How does it happen?

The majority of cases involve individuals meeting via social media or dating websites and forming a relationship through conversation. The blackmailer often assumes the identity of a stereotypically attractive man or woman who, after gaining the victim's trust, will quickly persuade them into sending intimate images or videos or will record sexual content without the victim’s knowledge or consent. The images and videos will then be used to blackmail them for money or further sexual content. Sextortion can be committed by an individual or by organised criminal gangs overseas. 

Remember - you have done nothing wrong. Talking to an organisation such as the Revenge Porn Helpline can help to provide you with more advice and support. Phone on 0345 6000 459 or email help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk

Find below more information on what to do if you're being blackmailed:

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