In this comprehensive guide and blog post, we’re going to walk you through the ins and outs of online extortion (cyberextortion), sextortion, and blackmail. Specifically, we’re going to break down the respective definitions of extortion, sextortion, and blackmail, go through several other crimes which are similar to extortion, analyze three cases in the United States involving cyberextortion and sextortion, and tackle what to do if you are being blackmailed online.
1. Extortion is considered to be the criminal practice and offense whereby a party seeks to obtain money, services, or property from another person or entity through the act of coercion. Effectively, victims of extortion are required to “pay a sum” to the party extorting them in order to make the threat of violence, release of embarrassing information or media, and harassment stop.
2. Blackmail refers to a subset of the crime of extortion, and concerns itself with the threat of releasing publicly humiliating or unsavory information, photographs, or other media, unless a ransom is paid. Blackmail, unlike extortion, often lacks the threat of imminent or future harm and violence.
In the United States, the offense of blackmail is provided for under 18 U.S.C. § 873, which reads, “Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
3. To protect yourself against online extortion, blackmail, and sextortion, we recommend following these seven steps
- Make sure to screenshot and preserve all relevant evidence and communications,
- Have a trusted friend or family member support you in the documentation process (as this can help refute claims of evidence tampering by the opposing party),
- Stop engaging with the online blackmailer and cyberextortioner,
- Do not pay them any amount of the ransom or try and negotiate,
- Change up the privacy settings on your social media accounts so that no personal and sensitive information (including contacts) is publicly available,
- Set up a Google Alerts account to receive notifications anytime your name is mentioned online, and
- Contact an experienced Internet attorney as soon as possible!
Online Extortion Protection Tip: If you’re being extorted, blackmailed, or sextorted online, we recommend taking screenshots of the offensive material and conversations. Doing so will ultimately help strengthen your claim for online blackmail or cyberextortion. Furthermore, we recommend having a trusted friend or family member assist in the documentation and screenshotting process, as this can help affirm your claim’s legitimacy and authenticity should the opposing side dispute it.
If you’ve been the victim of online extortion, sextortion, or blackmail and are looking for help, contact the Internet Defamation Attorneys of Minc Law ASAP! At Minc Law, we know the ins and outs of United States defamation, libel, and Internet law, and have engaged in thousands (over 25,000) takedowns of unwanted content/websites. Rest assured, when working with the Internet attorneys of Minc Law, you’re in good hands.
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- Blackmail vs. Extortion: What’s the Difference?
- What is Sextortion? Sextortion Help If You’ve Been Sextorted
- 5 Steps to Protect Yourself Against Online Extortion, Sextortion & Blackmail
- Similar Crimes to Cyberextortion & Blackmail
- 3 Notable Cases Involving Cyberextortion & Online Blackmail
- Combat Extortion With the Internet Defamation Removal Attorneys of Minc Law Today!
Blackmail vs. Extortion: What’s the Difference?
Thanks to the present day technological and online revolution which is underway, it’s not uncommon these days for a person to enter your life unexpectedly, and potentially turn it upside down – sometimes for the worse.
With global cybercrime now estimated to be at $6 trillion dollar industry (annually) by 2021, 18 million new malware samples capture in only Q3 of 2016, and online hackers accessing a compromised computer roughly every 39 seconds, malicious online attacks and breaches aren’t always personal, it’s now a profession for some. And, the United States is the epicenter of it all, consistently landing at the top of the list when it comes to data breaches (falling victim to over 1013 data breaches in 2016 alone). Cue online extortion and blackmail.
In this post, we’re going to walk you through how to combat online extortion and blackmail, whether it carried out by a personal acquaintance or friend, or stranger on the Internet looking to profit at your misfortune and vulnerability.
First, let’s clear up some definitions. What exactly is the difference between extortion and blackmail?
Blackmail & Extortion Definition: The Fundamental Difference
Simply put, extortion refers to the criminal offense whereby a party obtains money, services, or property from a person or entity through coercion and threat of harm – the process of being forced to act in an involuntary manner.
Blackmail on the other hand, can be viewed as a subset of extortion – an act which will always be classified as extortion. Blackmail involves the threatened revelation of information about a person or his/her family members. Information which potentially is socially damaging, embarrassing, or otherwise unsavory. And, unless a specific demand or ransom is met, then information will be released to an intended demographic or audience.
There’s a known element of public humiliation which is set to be waved and hung over a person’s head with blackmail, while extortion may result in something more “physical”
Keep in mind that the core difference is that extortion concerns itself with the deprivation of property by the threat of imminent or future harm.
Some common names for extortion include:
- Protection racket, and sometimes
- Online Coercion.
As you can see, extortion carries countless subsets, and has only expanded in scope thanks to today’s technological advances. Specifically, one of the most common means of extortion occurs online – a form of extortion which is commonly referred to as ‘Cyberextortion’.
Attorney Nadeen Hayden did a great job in dealing with an individual that was extorting/blackmailing me. From the initial onboarding and early actions taken, to handling a couple of curveballs encountered along the way, she addressed the matter with both timeliness and professionalism resulting in the individual ceasing the activity and not releasing any potentially embarrassing or damaging information.
JD, Nov 9, 2019
Cyberextortion & Online Extortion Definition
Cyberextortion is the criminal practice of utilizing the Internet to conduct extortion. The key element is that cyberextortion involves the Internet as its driving offensive and coercive force. Specifically, cyberextortion is defined as the extortion of a party online in exchange for money, goods, or other services (such as sexual acts).
Cyberextortion may also be commonly referred to as ‘Online Extortion’, as it takes place on the Internet (online).
While cyberextortion originally (and most commonly) manifested itself in the form of ‘Denial of Service’ (DoS) attacks – where a machine or service would be rendered unavailable until a ransom was paid – it’s now most popularly used in conjunction with ransomware (which we will address in Section 4).
Additionally, cyberextortion is prevalent in email ransom campaigns, where email users are threatened with the release of personal information to social media contacts, friends, and loved ones if a ransom isn’t paid in a timely manner.
Unfortunately, due to the prominence of cyberextortioners operating from countries outside of those of their victims, and increasing use of anonymous accounts, locating and identifying cyberextortion perpetrators is no easy task. If you’ve been the victim of cyberextortion and are seeking to remove unwanted material from the Internet, we strongly recommend first consulting an experienced Internet attorney to explore your legal options.
U.S. Defamation Law Fact: When it comes to litigating defamation and libel claims in the United States, it is generally considered a pro-defendant defamation jurisdiction – due to the long-standing enforcement and upholding of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. On the other hand, other Common Law jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, along with European countries, are typically considered pro-plaintiff defamation and libel jurisdictions.
What is Sextortion? Sextortion Help If You’ve Been Sextorted
In this section, we’re going to narrow the scope even further, as it strongly relates to our practice as Internet defamation removal attorneys, by taking a look at the definition of ‘Sextortion’, what to do if you’ve been sextorted, and how to protect yourself against becoming a victim of sextortion.
We’re also going to walk you through several of the most common sextortion scams and attacks out there that you should be mindful of.
Let’s get started. First, what is the definition of ‘Sextortion’.
What is Sextortion & How Does It Differ From Extortion?
Unlike the term extortion, which covers even physical forms of coercion and threats, the term ‘Sextortion’ refers to a type of sexual exploitation whereby a person utilizes non-physical methods of coercion to extort money (or sexual favors) from a victim. Sextortion is comprised of two fundamental elements; an abuse of power and sexual exploitation.
Most commonly, sextortion manifests itself in the distribution of explicit and sexually compromising photographs and other media online. For example, web sextortion will typically occur where a party has gained access or control over a nude photograph or video of a person.
Subsequently, the victim in such photograph or media may then be sextorted into performing sexual acts, taking further pictures, or engaging in other unsavory acts which they otherwise would not have chosen to do.
Sextortion may also be classified as a form of corruption, whereby persons in high positions of power (ex. Government workers, law enforcement agents, and employers) extort sexual favors in exchange for a “thing” they are able to withhold or award to someone.
Social media platforms and SMS text messages are generally the means and medium by which persons threaten to share such information and media. Web sextortion is rampant, so it’s extremely important to monitor your online presence and act quickly should you become a victim of sextortion.
Sextortion isn’t a laughing matter either, as suicide rates and self harm has seen a sharp increase in numbers over the years due to the growing number online platforms and malicious online actors.
Is Sextortion a Crime?
Yes. Sextortion is a crime, however; most states have not specifically codified the term ‘Sextortion’, and as such, often prosecute individuals under numerous criminal statutes, including:
- Extortion statutes,
- Corruption statutes,
- Child pornography statutes,
- Sexual coercion statutes,
- Sexual exploitation statutes,
- Sexual assault statutes,
- Wiretapping and computer hacking statutes, and
- Bribery statutes.
Now, let’s turn to some of the most popular sextortion scams, offenses, and crimes out there.
Facebook Messenger Sextortion & Sextortion Videos
Facebook sextortion, and Facebook Messenger sextortion, are two sextortion scams which have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Most notably, Facebook Messenger sextortion and Facebook sextortion are perpetrated by blackmail gangs, who seek to trick innocent victims into exposing themselves online while chatting with a “good looking” member of the opposite sex.
Facebook Messenger sextortion and sextortion videos do have some tell-tale signs to look out for. Let’s take a look at a few:
- A profile of a highly attractive male or female,
- The profile was newly created and often has very few friends,
- Immediate attempt to video call with you,
- Stolen photographs, and
- Seemingly no connection to your circle of friends or contracts.
Facebook sextortion and sextortionists generally target victims in their mid-teens to late-twenties, stalking their online accounts and randomly adding them. Not longer after, they’ll likely send a request to video chat or call, where they use pre-recorded clips of an attractive female or male to trick the victim into removing clothes or entering into compromising positions.
According to ‘Thorn’, an organization protecting children against sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, roughly 60% of online victims of sextortion are threatened within 2 weeks of initial contact by the perpetrator.
After the call has ended, that’s where the sextortion begins. Sextortion videos and photographs are then used by the perpetrators to request a ransom, threatening to release pictures or a sextortion video to one’s Facebook friends should they fail to deliver.
At Minc Law, we recommend conducting a reverse image search of the profile that has recently added you, exercising a high degree of skepticism when you receive a Facebook friend request from someone you seemingly have no contacts with, and refrain from sending explicit pictures to persons you’ve never met online.
Have you been the victim of Facebook Messenger sextortion and are looking to put an end to the online abuse today? We strongly recommend consulting an experienced Internet attorney to explore your options! Contact the Internet attorneys of Minc Law today by calling us at (216) 373-7706, or by filling out our contact form online!
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POF Sextortion: Online Dating & Web Sextortion
Plenty of Fish, also known as ‘POF’, is a popular online dating platform and website, boasting billions of page views per month, and over 100,000,000 million registered users (as of March, 2015). Not only is it one of the most popular online dating websites (and applications) out there, it’s also one of the most popular forums and platforms for online defamation, web sextortion, and online blackmail.
POF sextortion operates in a similar way to Facebook sextortion, whereby users are added by an attractive (and fake) profile, and convinced to send nude photographs or videos. It’s also an extremely common blackmail scam on Plenty of Fish, where after chatting with a user and sending/exchanging explicit photographs, the perpetrator reveals that they are underage, and demands compensation to prevent them from going to the authorities.
Just Googling “POF Sextortion,” will reveal the countless times users have been scammed and blackmailed on the site, being told that the user they engaged with was under 18, and that the FBI will be hearing from them shortly.
POF sextortion will differ from Facebook Messenger Extortion in the way that it is generally more organic, with a more gradual approach by the perpetrator. Most of the time, online blackmailers and perpetrators will be carrying on dozens of conversations at once, seeking to establish a trusted repertoire. Check out this 2016 article by the Alamogordo Daily News, which details how sextortion on websites like Plenty of Fish is becoming a growing national security concern due to the large amounts of military service members being victimized.
Have you been the victim of POF sextortion and are looking for sextortion help? Reach out to the Internet defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law today to discuss your legal options!
Online Libel & Blackmail Tip: In order to monitor your online presence, we recommend setting up a Google Alerts account. Doing so is a great way to receive notifications anytime your name is mentioned online. Proactivity is key when combatting online libel, extortion, and blackmail. Furthermore, you can enter specific terms you’d like to be notified about that are mentioned in conjunction with your name. Let’s put these potential fires out before they begin!
Now that we’ve walked you through the respective definitions of blackmail, extortion, sextortion, and cyberextortion, let’s turn to five effective ways you can protect yourself against online extortion and blackmail, and combat it once it has occurred.
5 Steps to Protect Yourself Against Online Extortion, Sextortion & Blackmail
Online blackmail, sextortion, and other forms of online extortion can be extremely invasive and stressful, so it can sometimes be difficult approaching it with a clear, calculated, and rational game-plan. In this section, we’re going to walk you through five ways to combat online sextortion, blackmail, and extortion.
And, while some of these steps and methods may seem counterintuitive to your gut feeling after being extorted or blackmailed online, stay strong and make sure to follow our step by step guide.
So, what should you do if someone tries to blackmail you online? Let’s take a look.
1. Preserve All Evidence!
That’s right! Make sure you preserve all of the communications, offensive material, and subsequent materials that your blackmailer has sent you. While you might want to delete the embarrassing or publicly humiliating material due to feeling silly over being conned or tricked, don’t. This is tangible evidence. Evidence which will help support your case.
If you delete the video, photograph, or other media in question, you’re ultimately putting the ball in the blackmailer’s court. We also strongly suggest having a trusted friend or family member assist in the documentation and screenshotting process, as this can help refute any claims by a blackmailer or cyberextortioner that you tampered with the evidence.
Most importantly, we recommend recording the time and date on which the extortion or blackmail happened. It’s extremely important that your story be as detailed as possible. It’s also important to establish a verifiable chronological order of events when confronting cyberextortion and online blackmail. Small details can add up and ultimately make or break a case, so make sure you “cross your T’s and dot your I’s.”
2. Refrain From Engaging With the Blackmailer Further
Online blackmailers and cyberextortioners are engaging with (likely) dozens of victims at once, looking for victims who have the highest likelihood of paying the ransom. And, while it may sound urgent that you pay a ransom within a specified timeframe, we recommend you refrain from engaging with blackmailers and cyberextortioners further. Stop responding.
The ransomer and blackmailer may subsequently follow up, threatening to release unsavory pictures or videos to your family, friends, or colleagues. Stay strong and don’t give in. Don’t respond, and seek legal help immediately.
You might be thinking, “Well…the initial demand isn’t for that much.” After all, it’s only a few hundred dollars. Paying online blackmailers and extortioners only reaffirms one thing, that you’re an easy victim and will cave when confronted with pressure. Do not pay them and do not engage with them.
This also includes offers to negotiate, as this implies a willingness to bow down to their commands. Victims of extortion and blackmail have more power than they realize.
3. Change Your Online Privacy Settings
If you’re worried about an extortioner or blackmailer accessing your social media profile’s friends list, consider changing your online privacy settings. Most social media platforms and websites have specific filters which you can employ to prevent an intended person from viewing your personal information, photographs, profile, and friends list.
Blocking the sextortioner and perpetrator is also an option. This is an effective way to prevent them from accessing your friends list and contacts. Also, make sure your other social media accounts associated with the one at the center of the blackmail are protected and locked down. The goal is to reveal as little information as possible.
If things are incredibly worrisome and drastic, deleting your social media profile is another option.
4. Set Up a Google Alerts/Online Notifications Account
We recommend setting up a Google Alerts account, or other online notifications profile, to receive notifications anytime your name is mentioned online. Doing so is a great way to stay proactive about monitoring your online reputation and presence. Furthermore, if a blackmailer or sextortioner does decide to post your information somewhere, you’ll be immediately notified and help potentially decrease its shelf-life online.
Once you’ve located the new malicious information and blackmail online, it’s then important to go back and employ Step 1: document and preserve all evidence.
Google also enables victims of blackmail and extortion to report it immediately and request its removal under their Privacy Guidelines. They also provide a link to additional resources for victims of sextortion.
5. Contact an Experienced Internet Attorney ASAP
Confronting online blackmail and extortion alone is a daunting task, and requires the assistance of a highly trained Internet attorney and professional. While approaching it alone isn’t out of the question, utilizing an experienced and nationally recognized Internet lawyer can help prevent future attacks and blackmail.
Not only can an experienced Internet attorney assist in the removal of unwanted content, they can also;
- Force creators and blackmailers to take fake profiles down,
- Erase illegal and damaging content, obtain restraining orders,
- Sue blackmailers and online harassers for monetary damages,
- Contact workplaces and schools to compel administrative action, and
- Contact law enforcement agencies to report criminal activity.
Digital defender and organization protecting children, Thorn, notes that only 26% of sextortion victims ever report it to a platform or website, and a mere 17% report it to law enfrocement and other governing agencies. An experienced Internet attorney can help do both for you.
At Minc Law, we’re highly versed in Internet attacks and online content removals, and have removed over 25,000 pieces of libelous and unwanted content in our tenure. Furthermore, we’ve litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and know Internet defamation law inside and out.
Not only do we have proven success identifying malicious online blackmailers, libelers, and trolls, but we know how to hold them liable as well. Furthermore, we’ve secured numerous successful court orders in our practice, and de-indexed defamatory, illegal, and unwanted content from Internet search results.
Our statistics do all the speaking, having received over 7,000 requests for assistance during our tenure, litigated over 125 cases in 22 states and 3 countries, and served over 1300 satisfied clients.
We leverage the full weight of the law to achieve results, and employ cost-effective tactics to make sure you aren’t breaking the bank. Curious about how else we can assist you if you’ve been the victim of blackmail or online defamation? Head on over to our Services Page to take a further look.
Online Blackmail & Extortion Tip: Make sure you acquaint yourself with how to properly spot phishing emails and phishing scams. Phishing emails and scams are generally disguised as security messages and alerts which request you submit personal information to them immediately. They often boast a sense of urgency. Once you’ve clicked on a link to plug-in your personal information, your computer is then infected with a virus. Assert some degree of caution when opening emails with links in them.
Similar Crimes to Cyberextortion & Blackmail
Now that you’re familiar with the terms extortion, blackmail, sextortion, and cyberextortion, let’s turn to some other similar crimes which you’ve likely heard of, or may be a victim of. Extortion and cyberextortion can take many forms, and it’s not always as straightforward as someone “shaking you down” for money, property, or services by way of coercion.
The following crimes can be thought of as subsets of blackmail and extortion.
Let’s get started with the first, which is commonly employed online (think Facebook Messenger and Facebook extortion), whereby victims are tricked into a vulnerable position and subsequently blackmailed.
Defamation Law Fact: Defamation is the umbrella term of the communication of a false statement made to a third-party, which subsequently harms another person’s reputation. Specifically, defamation may be divided into two sub-categories; libel and slander. Libel refers to a published or written statement which causes damage to another person’s reputation, while slander refers to an false oral statement which injures a person’s reputation.
The Badger Game
The ‘Badger Game’ refers to a popular extortion method and scheme whereby a person is tricked into a vulnerable and compromising position, and subsequently blackmailed for it. Some of the most common types of badger game scams and attacks include: online romance scams, rape allegations, and infidelity exposing scenarios.
At its most very basic, a person married to another might engage in an extramarital affair with another party, which is then found out by a friend/third-party. The third-party then may demand money and blackmail the married person in order to keep the extramarital affair “under wraps.”
The badger game also commonly manifests itself in cases involving sexual encounters, whereby one party claims the encounter was non-consensual. This is often followed up by a rape or sexual harassment accusation and charge.
Finally, we’ve typically seen the badger game employed in the workplace, involving serious accusations and allegations of professional misconduct. For example, a patient visiting their physician or doctor might specifically ask their doctor to examine a certain, sensitive area of their body, and then have spouse or third-party (who is in on the game) enter the room, accusing the doctor or physician of professional misconduct.
“Badgered doctors” have been one of the go-to professions for persons looking to blackmail and extort innocent parties, with its roots tracing back to the 1930s – check out this Time Magazine article from 1930 detailing the rampant badgering of doctors.
Cryptovirology & Malicious Software Programs
Cryptovirology is a popular (and malicious) software scam and program, whereby a public key cryptography mechanism generates false “trapdoor” keys, which then encrypt a browser or user’s data. Once a user’s data is encrypted, they’re left no choice but to pay for the genuine key to decrypt and unlock their data.
Cryptovirology and malicious software programs may commonly be referred to as “cryptoviral extortion,” a practice which is growing due to societal gravitation towards technology and the use of digital currencies. While cryptovirology is a form of extortion, it’s often not as “overt” and out in the open as typical extortion attacks, with the majority of them being actually covert in essence.
For example, there have been millions (at least) of computer and software viruses over the years, which generally notify a computer owner and user that their machine is infected, and in order to remove it, they need to pay X amount through an account with a popular payment provider.
In order to combat cryptoviral extortion and protect yourself against it, we recommend always making sure your operating system is updated with the latest security fixes, avoid opening suspicious emails and downloading files from online, and installing a reputable anti-virus software and firewall.
Extortion & Blackmail Fact: Several other crimes which are associated with extortion and blackmail include; coercion, a confidence trick, dognapping, price gouging, loan sharking, and tiger kidnapping. While most of these are not conducted online, they still are often classified under the blanket term of extortion.
3 Notable Cases Involving Cyberextortion & Online Blackmail
In this section, we’re going to take you through three notable cases involving cyberextortion, online blackmail, and sextortion to show you the serious consequences it can have on your personal and professional life, and how it’s dealt with in the U.S. judicial system.
Let’s get started with our first case – one that shook a small town in Milwaukee’s western suburbia.
Anthony Stancl & The Case of Facebook Extortion
In February, 2010, then 18 year old, Anthony Stancl was sentenced to fifteen years in prison after posing as a female online (specifically Facebook), and tricking male high school classmates into sending him compromising and explicit photogragraphy. Stancl used the solicited photographs to blackmail and extort his male classmates into performing sexual acts with him.
One victim reported after allowing Stancl to perform oral sex on him, the female who Stancl was posing as online threatened the post the pictures should the victim not have anal sex with him. Stancl kept upping the ante.
In total, Stancl is accused of having deceived over 31 classmates, and sexually assaulted seven of his male classmates. After investigating Stancl’s computer, law enforcement found over 39 electronic folders containing 300 plus nude pictures, along with video clips of his classmates exposing their genitals.
Specifically, Stancl was charged with possessing child pornography, soliciting sex from persons under 18 (minors), and making a bomb threat (the charge that ultimately lead to victims coming forward).
Webcams, Myspace & Compromising Videos
For three teenage girls, their nightmare began after entering an Internet chatroom and yielding to the requests of one user to flash their breasts. Less than one week later, one of the girls, a 17 year old Indiana high school student, began receiving threatening emails.
The blackmailer? A user claiming he had captured the images of her and her two friends on webcam, threatening to post them on Myspace and disseminate them to her friends unless she posed for more nude pictures and videos. The 17 year old female succumbed to the requests, and engaged with the perpetrator on at least two more occasions.
In this case, the teenage girl’s mother notified police immediately after learning of the threats and blackmail of her daughter, and authorities were able to subpoena Internet Service Providers to narrow and track down the conversations and emails between the victim and blackmailer.
They tracked down a 19 year old named Trevor Shea, from Maryland, who was a serial extortioner – having captured web images of females as young as thirteen years old. Shea was ultimately sentenced to 33 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven charges of the production of child pornography.
Jeff Bezos: Possibly the Most Famous Person to be Sextorted
Sextortion and online blackmail doesn’t discriminate, targeting everyone from high school students to the world’s richest man. In one of the most highly publicized episodes of sextortion and online blackmail in Internet history, Jeff Bezos went public with online blackmail accusations back in February, 2019.
Surprisingly, the extortion and online blackmail isn’t being conducted by an aggrieved or malicious basement troll, rather the American tabloid titan ‘The National Enquirer’, who claimed they would published nude and intimate photographs of him on their website unless he halted his investigation into the tabloid’s reporting on him.
Bezos noted, “If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?”
And at the drop of a dime, Jeff Bezos became the most famous person to ever become the victim of sextortion. Experts have been quick to praise him for his handling of the blackmail by the Enquirer, citing it as one of the best ways to combat online extortion and sextortion.
Upon being confronted with the threat of release of nude photographs by him and demand he sign an eight-page contract in exchange for keeping the photographs suppressed, Bezos responded with just three words, “No thank you.”
As the story only began circulating around early 2019, it is still yet to fully play out.
Online Extortion & Blackmail Fact: Unfortunately, not all victims are in a similar position to Bezos, in terms of age, wealth, maturity, and resources. Furthermore, he’s not in the teenage demographic, which accounts for the majority of sextortion cases in the United States.
Combat Extortion With the Internet Defamation Removal Attorneys of Minc Law Today!
Have you been the victim of online defamation, blackmail, extortion, sextortion, or cyberstalking, and want content removed from the Internet? Reach out to the Internet Defamation Removal Attorneys of Minc Law today! At Minc Law, we know the ins and outs of U.S. defamation and libel law, and have removed over 25,000 pieces of content/websites in our tenure, so rest assured you’re in good hands.
Furthermore, we know how to combat cyber harassment, extortion, blackmail, and nonconsensual pornography in the most efficient and cost-effective way, and boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown and removal rate. Furthermore, we conduct certain defamation removals all for a flat, reasonable fee.
Our highly experienced Internet attorneys not only know how to identify and locate malicious individuals and organizations online, but know how to hold them liable as well. Here’s what you can expect when working with the Internet Defamation Lawyers of Minc Law:
- Utmost Respect & Courtesy: At Minc Law, we understand just how invasive and overwhelming online extortion and blackmail can be, so rest assured we’re here to make this process as smooth and painless as possible. Always know that your goals are our goals and that we’re always on your side.
- Open Lines of Communication: Some attorneys go missing once an online defamation or Internet extortion/blackmail case has begun, not us. We will make sure to update you with all relevant details concerning your case (and online takedown).
- Websites, Businesses, & Individuals Respond to Us: In our tenure as experienced Internet defamation removal lawyers, we’ve worked tirelessly with countless website administrators, third-party arbitration firms, and online content managers, and know the ins and outs of Internet defamation. Websites, businesses, and individuals respond to Minc Law!
What are you waiting for? It’s time to put an end to the online abuse and malicious attacks NOW!