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I am being blackmailed online by someone who I believe is a

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I am being blackmailed online by someone who I believe is a scammer and he is threatening to post naked pictures of me on social media (if he hasn't already done so) what can I do?
JA: When was the last message? What did it say exactly?
Customer: I was to send £500 worth of iTunes gift cards and he would delete post
JA: Were the police contacted? If so, what happened?
Customer: No they weren't contacted as I'm married and I don't want to involve my husband
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: He's very persistent - I found scam information on him
Hello, I’m Ben. It’s my pleasure to assist you today. I may also ask for some preliminary information to help me determine the legal position.

Does he definitely have those photos of you? Please note
this is not always an instant service and I may not be able to reply
immediately. However, rest assured that I am dealing with your question and will
get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
he does have them

Thank you very much for clarifying. First of all, I am sorry
to hear about this situation and any associated issues.

This is a relatively common scam these days and as distressing
as it is and assuming you would do anything to try and avoid these images being
made public, the main thing is that you must not give in to his demands. He is a
scammer, he has no morals and his word means nothing. If you send money, it is
unlikely he will just say ‘Thank you’ and leave you alone. He will almost certainly
come back with further requests, using the same threats. He knows he has a willing
victim on his hands who is prepared to pay money to avoid what he has threatened
to do so he will try the same tricks over and over again, most likely. Also,
who is to say that he won’t publish these anyway, even if you pay him – he has
no morals, his word means nothing.

That is why you should not pay anything to start with and
not engage any further with him. He has nothing to gain by publishing them and often
they never go that far – it was always just a threat to get money from you but
if they fail in that, they usually move on to their next victims instead.

Pay nothing, block him and have no further dealings with
him. Whether he posts the images is up to him, but making a payment does not
guarantee you anything and just opens the door to further such demands.

Hopefully, I have answered your query in a way that is simple and easy to understand. If anything remains unclear, I will be more than happy to clarify it for you. In the meantime, thank you once again for using our services.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Is there anything I can do if the images do become public?
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Thank you so much for your responses you have been so helpful I really appreciate it

If they are published you can contact the sites where they
have been posted to ask for their removal. Of course, this is something you can
contact the police over as it is unlawful.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Thank you

You are most welcome. If you have any further questions
about this, please do not hesitate to get back to me and I will be happy to
help. All the best

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