Saving lives with support and safeguarding for victims of sextortion with advice on reporting and reassurance when online blackmail happens. Sextortion is a cyber-enabled crime during which victims are lured into performing sexual acts in front of a webcam. Unbeknown to victims, their actions are recorded by criminals who then use the video footage in an attempt to blackmail individuals.Offenders typically threaten to upload video recordings to the internet, sending the footage to a victim’s family and friends if demands, usually for money, are not met.
A range of advice is available for members of the public to help prevent sextortion and its fatal or life-changing consequences, while also encouraging greater reporting and reassurance as part of this force’s focus to identify and protect those who need our help. Click here to read and download a PDF version of Hampshire Constabulary’s self-help guide for sextortion victims.
The risk and threat by online blackmailers is recognised as well by our most important partner agencies, including the National Crime Agency (NCA), with whom we are working to communicate clear and effective advice to protect victims, and prevent more people from becoming vulnerable to its manipulative and devastating effects.
Hampshire Constabulary’s work on sextortion is being highlighted and supported by the National Crime Agency (NCA).