Online blackmail. Read this first.

Scammers blackmailing people over webcam footage or photographs. Sometimes referred to as "sextortion". Your first port of call should be to www.blackmailscams.com for the steps needed.

Online blackmail. Read this first.

Unread postby Wayne » Sun May 20, 2012 1:54 am

Before you start to do something about your scam, read THIS TOPIC. We do not want free scammer emails or online profiles like FB or Skype closed down, so do not flag those accounts for abuse or closure!

Firstly a warning. If the person told you they were underage before the blackmail incident occurred and you continued to talk to them, we CAN NOT and WILL NOT help you. We will not assist people in anything illegal. If we discover that the person told you they were underage and you proceeded to talk to them in a sexual way, your account will be closed and we may seek advice from law enforcement.

Here's a short video on blackmail scams/sextortion, what they are and what to do if you get scammed. Please take 5 minutes to watch it before you proceed:



We have a free PDF that can be downloaded at https://archive.org/details/WhatIsABlackmailScam or http://www.scamsurvivors.com/whatisablackmailscam.pdf as well as being posted at viewtopic.php?f=20&t=14445

From this point on, we have everything you need to know about protecting yourself. There's a lot of information here, but we have tried to explain it as simply as possible. Here's where the real reading comes in!

It's important to note at this time that some fake camera software allows a level of interaction, so the person in the video appears much more real. A simple "blow me a kiss" or "hold up four fingers" is not enough to prove the person is live on webcam.

Reporting your scammer's details will help warn others. If you want to share their details, but don't want to post them yourself, you can fill in the form HERE and we can post them for you anonymously. You will have to give your name and email address, but they will not be posted on the site. They are only for our own records.

Podcast 11 has an interview with someone who was blackmail scammed. It's worth listening to.
Click here for our podcasts page. The next question everyone has is "Will they send my video to my friends and family now I've blocked them?"
We can never say 100% that it won't happen, but in the approaching 2000 cases we've dealt with here, the number of times it's actually happened can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The main reason why is that homosexuality is illegal in the countries that mainly do these scams, and being caught with "video evidence" would land them a jail sentence. Not for the scams, but for having homosexual material on them. You can read more about that at http://scamsurvivors.com/forum/viewtopi ... 20&t=12325

Scammers have been known to pretend to be the "YouTube police". This is completely made up. YouTube do NOT charge people to remove their videos. Anything illegal (as these videos are) will be removed after being flagged, usually within 10 minutes.

If you worry your scammer may have put a nasty on your computer, then I recommend and personally use these free programs:
Avast! antivirus
ZoneAlarm firewall
Spybot anti spyware checker

If this helped save you from sending money to a scammer, please consider donating a few dollars to go toward the running of this site. We rely on your donations to keep us online. You can find a link at the bottom of this page.
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Re: Online blackmail. A warning.

Unread postby Wayne » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:15 pm

So let me explain how this works. Firstly, copying a person's webcam is very easy. It's a trick that I've been using for 4 or 5 years now and involves nothing more than some screen capture software. For the scammer to pretend to have a webcam too, all that's needed is some footage of someone on a webcam and another piece of software to act as a "fake" or "virtual" webcam.

Remember that, even if the person appears on webcam, it may not really be them. To be 100% sure they are live and on the webcam, get them to do something unusual such as hold up a copy of that day's newspaper, point their webcam at your chat window on their monitor or jump up and down holding a cucumber in one hand and a live toad in the other. Of course, this only shows that the person is actually on the other end of a webcam and not that they're not looking to blackmail you.

The obvious answer to preventing this is to tell everyone to "keep it in your pant(ie)s", but we're adults here and we know this is the sort of thing adults do online. This doesn't mean that we need you to post up any sex talk you had. In fact, we really don't want you to post it. The only part we're interested in is the blackmail. Anything up to that point can and should be left off the forum. Any sexual related talk posted will likely result in the person being warned or even banned from the forum.

What should you do if you get caught up in this type of scam? Firstly, don't send any money. We're already seeing cases of people sending money, only to be told they need to send more. Also, sending money will only encourage them to continue with this type of scam. You're going to have to bite the bullet and admit to people that you were caught by a scammer. Write your story on our forum and point them here if you like, so they can see that you're not the only person who's been caught up this way. It's the lesser of two evils. Warning others could also prevent a friend or family member from being caught in the same scam.

If you were sent images, be sure to do a complete virus check. It's not unknown for people to send a virus to computers hidden in what appears to be an image file that would give them complete access to your computer and all the information held on it.

Now block them. Block them and don't take any more friend requests, certainly for a while. Add their email address to your blocked list, add their number to your blocked list, block them from your friends list. Log out of Skype for two weeks. A threat can only be effective if you can read it. Again, make sure those people you know are aware of what has happened. By not telling them, there's a chance the scammer will manage to hook one of them. Block them, but don't delete your email account or profile. Instead make them invisible to outsiders or people not already on your lists. Scammers will encourage you to close your accounts after the incident as it destroys all evidence of their scam.

It's also a good idea to deactivate/delete any accounts on the site the scammer met you, or where you have your name. Making it impossible for them to find you again is key to beating this scam.

Be sure to post their details here. Doing so can save others from going through what you're going through right now. You found this site because someone else posted about being blackmailed. Pay it forward and help others.

Search for your details in case they do post up your video. If they do, write to the site and tell them it needs to be removed. Most sites will remove it the moment they're made aware of it. For the others, point out to them that it's posted without your permission, the video was recorded without your knowledge or consent and is part of a blackmail plot against you, so needs to be removed. You can ask the site owner to submit a removal request to Google once they remove the video, or you can do it yourself by filling the details in at http://support.google.com/bin/static.py ... page=ts.cs The scammer will NOT post up your video without your real name. It serves no purpose. They don't do it.

There's no hard and fast rule, but right now we'd say that after about 2 weeks or so have passed since your last contact with the scammer, they would have moved on and the likelihood of anything reappearing are slim to none.

Be vigilant and good luck.
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I HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN BLACKMAIL ONLINE

Unread postby 911 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:16 am

THIS IS THE LINK TO MAKE THE GOOGLE ALERT

http://www.google.com/alerts

This is now you fill it in. Click on the image for a larger version. Be sure to put your name in "quotation marks" so it searches for the name as a whole. Do a Google search as well for your name as the alert will only show things posted after it's been created. Anything posted before won't show up, so you need to do a manual search that first time.
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Re: News article on blackmail scams/sextortion.

Unread postby Tomi » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:20 am

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012 ... -chat.html

Man $97,000 poorer after online striptease in video chat

The young man thought he had found a friend. The 17-year-old girl he met on an online chatroom called Alamak.com was friendly.
Very friendly, in fact.
Within a month, their online chats had moved on to video chats, which then turned risque.
She started stripping for him.
He did the same, but that one session of cyber titillation ended up with him being terrorised for nine months and $97,000 poorer.
While he had taken off his clothes and performed what police described as 'compromising acts' for the girl, her boyfriend had recorded him doing so.
The couple then blackmailed him. They said he had to hand over money or they would put the clip online.
He parted with $97,000 in more than 80 transactions to prevent them from doing so.
He was one of five victims of the couple, who were arrested in an early morning raid at a Marsiling Drive flat yesterday. Two others were also nabbed in that raid.
Later in the afternoon, another two accomplices were arrested in Ang Mo Kio.
Police believe the girl and her boyfriend masterminded the scam, while the four others arrested had allowed them to use their bank accounts to receive money from the victims.
Unlike previous Internet love scams, which targeted mostly women, the latest con was aimed at men.
At a press conference yesterday, Superintendent Chua Chuan Seng, commander of the Ang Mo Kio Police Division that cracked the case, said that men were increasingly becoming targets.
The couple started their scam in February last year, and at least five people are believed to have fallen for her charms and stripped.
Three made police reports. All are unmarried Singaporean men in their 20s. One is a student, and the other two are working. The fourth and fifth victims were discovered after the police computer forensics team found their information in the four laptops confiscated during yesterday's raid.
Besides the 22-year-old victim who lost $97,000, another victim is said to have paid the couple less than $500. A third did not pay the $8,000 the pair demanded and went to the police instead.
Deputy Superintendent Aileen Yap, deputy head of investigation at the Ang Mo Kio Police Division, said that in all the cases, the teenage girl would befriend her victims on Alamak.com, an online chatroom headquartered in Singapore.
She would then build a relationship with them before suggesting that they do 'something exciting'. She would undress to encourage them to do the same.
Unknown to the victims, her boyfriend would be filming this on a mobile phone.
The 22-year-old victim was extorted right after his stripping session. His video chat with the teenager was interrupted by her boyfriend, who appeared on his video screen brandishing the phone and threatening to circulate the clip online if he did not pay $5,000.
Out of fear, he complied.
Over the next nine months, the boyfriend would telephone the victim, pretending to be her brother, father and once, even her lawyer, to extort more money.
Each time, the victim would transfer sums ranging from $200 to $8,000 to their bank accounts. But on Sunday, he finally got tired of paying and went to the police.
When The Straits Times visited the Marsiling Drive flat where four people were arrested, neighbours said the four had kept mostly to themselves.
A neighbor said she had seen the police on her way to work at 5am. Two men and two women were lined up against the wall of the three-room flat, she said.
The two young women, she added, were 'very pretty, with long hair'.
A housewife who lives on the same floor said a middle-aged divorcee has been living in the flat with his son for about six years.
Police have frozen all seven bank accounts used in the scam.
Superintendent Chua said the police believes there are other similar syndicates around.
'Anyone can become a victim of such a ploy,' he said. 'You shouldn't put yourself in a vulnerable position because you don't really know who you are interacting with over the Internet.'

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about the records posted on Youtube and Google

Unread postby firefly » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:07 pm

If someone who try to blackmail you online telling you he/she posted the recorded web-cam session on Youtube, the most important thing is to report the video for offensive content and it wil be deleted. You dont need to be registered to flag one record there, if the record is public. If one video is reported for offensive content, usually, Youtube need less than few minutes to delete it.
Using the flag tool alone will not result in any action taken for that option. You must file the linked legal claim form before staff can investigate your claim. That´s mean you must use the Flag function with"invades my privacy" option. Open the video, click the flag icon beneath it, and choose Infringes My Rights > invades my privacy.

If the video is set on private, only the original poster and up to 50 other users who the original poster invite to view the video will be able to see it. The video will not appear on the user´s channel, in search results, or in playlists.

And, finally, are the unlisted videos...
An unlisted video is a different type of private video. Unlisted means that only people who know the link to the video can view it (such as friends or family to whom the original poster send the link). An unlisted video will not appear in any of YouTube's public spaces (such as search results, user channel, or the Browse page). An unlisted video is different to a private video in these ways:
Even though the video will not appear in any of YouTube's public spaces, links to the video could still appear elsewhere on the web if anyone who knows the video's URL shares it. It is therefore up to the original poster to maintain the privacy of the video and the unlisted URL. The original poster can further restrict the video at any time by returning to his account and marking the video as Private.

The good thing is only YouTube Accounts in good standing have access to create unlisted videos. If one Youtube account is not in good standing and has a Terms of Service violation or a strike for copyright infringement, the option to make the video unlisted in the scammer Account settings is not available. In another way of speaking, by reporting one video on Youtube for offensive content, registration is not only gone, but the account holder is included on the list of those who have violated the rules of use and he/she will not be able to use the unlisted video option.

That´s mean you can be safe by telling your friends/family not to click on links sended by unknown person, because the link is not public and no one can see the record without to have the link.

For this reason, if you find any record on Youtube similar with the one used in your case for blackmail, report it for offensive content. Some victims have records online without to know it and without to have any idea how to deal with this problem.

Yes, the scammers can made another Youtube account. But, so long they have no idea why the videos are gone, if they notice the videos are no more posted, they can run in circles, waisting time. That´s why is important to keep them out of the communication without telling them what you do to protect yourself. The action will not stop the scammers in this type of scam, but, with little luck, it may slow them down.

For those who need one good tutorial about how this action can be done: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20074496-285/face book/.

The main problem are your personal life details posted online. Even if you use one fake name to play arround, but you use personal details on your online profiles, some scammers are able to find them and to use them. For this reason, if you are victim or not in this type of scam, avoid to post real life information about you online. If you have done it try to remove it. Are alot of Internet sources to help you with this action. You have here just one of those: http://www.lewrockwell.com/rounds/rounds28.1.html
Help yourself by helping others - report your scammer here.
Google can be your best friend, so use it if you have doubts about someone met online. Never forget: if someone met online only asks for money, no matter what reason, it´s 100% scam.
www.blackmailscams.com
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Re: Online blackmail. Please read.

Unread postby Wayne » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:05 pm

face book shows how to make your profile private at http://www.face book.com/help/privacy/basic-controls

(edit) It's now easier to change your privacy settings, as you can see by this image. Just look for the privacy shortcuts button.

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You can also deactivate your account and reactivate it at a later date if you can't block the scammer until 24 or 48 hours. Check out http://tinyurl.com/ca9eq6q
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Re: about the records posted on Youtube and Google

Unread postby SlapHappy » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:19 pm

Removing your personal information from Google searches

Go here and follow their procedures.
http://support.google.com/webmasters/bi ... er=1663688

Remove content from someone else's site

Content can be removed from Google’s search results either by the webmaster of the site or by Google.
Remove content for legal reasons

If you want to report content that you believe warrants removal from Google's services based on applicable laws, use this tool to send a legal removal request.
Remove personal information

If you have other concerns about your certain forms of personal information appearing in Google’s search results, use this tool to find out how to remove personal information from the web.
Remove content that’s not live

If the page, site or image has already been removed from the site in question, it may still show up in Google’s search results if we have not crawled the page recently. While you wait for our search results to get updated, use this tool to request Google not to show the outdated content from the page.

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Re: Removing posts from Flickr

Unread postby SlapHappy » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:25 pm

You may flag video and have them removed from Flickr by reporting them here while on the page you want reported:
http://www.flickr.com/abuse/

"For us to review your report efficiently, you must click the "Report Abuse" link from either a profile, photostream or individual photo or video page."

The link is under the Community section, "Abuse," on every page on the Flickr website.

Flag as violating community guidelines.
Go back and also flag as content "makes me uncomfortable."
You could also make a third report as a "phishing attempt," as it is criminal activity but not exactly the strict definition of phishing.
Doing all this seems to grab their attention quicker at Flickr, and it may be taken down faster.
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Re: Online blackmail. Read this first.

Unread postby Wayne » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:51 pm

The most commonly asked question we get is "Will my video resurface?". The fact of the matter is we can never say with 100% certainty it won't. If you follow the steps we show in this thread, then experience tells us that you minimize the chances of it happening as much as possible. We can't say 100% that it won't reappear. We can however say right now that out of the 2000 or so cases we've dealt with, only 3 people who followed these steps have come back and told us that their video has reappeared.
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Re: Online blackmail. Read this first.

Unread postby Wayne » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:27 pm

Let's get this out of the way. Some scammers claim to be a "professional hacker". They're as much a "professional hacker" as I am a supermodel. All they need is the free software to fake and record webcam footage, some webcam footage they likely Googled and a lot of bravado. They are NOT hackers, they're just following what others have been doing. There's no hacking involved. It's purely a case of "monkey see, monkey do". The only caveat is to be very wary of any photos that were sent to you during the discussion. If you have accepted it, run a scan with good antivirus and spyware programs. Other than that, the scammers are using methods I could teach anyone in 15 minutes flat. Any claims of being a hacker are in all honesty complete and utter sh1t.
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