Sextortion is a form of blackmail where, usually, victims are lured into performing sexual acts in front of their web-cam, then unbeknown to them, their acts are recorded by criminals. These criminals then attempt to extort the victim, usually for money by threatening to reveal the intimate images unless their demands are met.
Victims are commonly targeted through dating apps, social media, webcams or adult pornography sites.
While sextortion can be committed by individuals, organised crime gangs are commonly behind it.
Webcams are used for flirting and cybersex - but sometimes the people you meet online aren't who they say they are.
Criminals might befriend you online by using a fake identity and then persuade you to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam, often by using attractive women to entice you to participate. These webcam videos are recorded by the criminals who then threaten to share the images with your friends and family.
We know this can make you feel extremely ashamed and embarrassed and, tragically, here in the UK young men are taking their own lives after being targeted in this way.
DO NOT DELETE ANY CORRESPONDENCE.
The Facebook URL
The Western Union or MoneyGram Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN)
Any photos/videos that were sent or received
The Skype Name and Skype ID - A Skype name is different to their Skype ID, we need to know the ID . To get that, right click on their profile, select ‘View Profile’ and then look for the name shown in blue rather than the one above it in black. It'll be next to the word ’Skype’ and will have no spaces in it.
If this has happened to you and you're under 18 please talk to an adult that you trust. It may feel like there is no way out, but there are professionals who can help you. You can also get help from: