What is “sextortion” and what can you do about it?
Sandra Paul, a partner in our Criminal Litigation team, shares her thoughts on sextortion in Spear's article - Sextortion: beware the new form of cyber blackmail.
‘The range of material on which the threat can be based is wide,’ says Sandra Paul, a criminal law partner with expertise in this area at Kingley Napley. ‘Snapchat, Instagram, Skype, Facetime… with all of these platforms, once the material is out, you have no control. Most people don’t realise quite how dangerous it is.’"
‘High net worth people are particularly vulnerable as people know that they have money, and will be willing to pay to protect their reputation,’ says Sandra Paul. One particularly harrowing case that’s come to her attention involved criminals setting out to trick her client into engaging with a minor, and then frogmarched him to a cash-point under threat of a public scandal: ‘They [the criminals] claimed that they were investigators sent to identify paedophiles, and then it slowly emerged that they wanted money to “make the problem go away”. In highly sensitive cases like these, people need clear-headed advice as early as possible,’ she adds."
‘The important thing is not to panic, not to communicate further with the criminals, don’t pay and don’t delete any correspondence’, Paul asserts."
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If you are the victim of sextortion you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. We have assisted clients in resolving matters without the need to go to the police; where a report is necessary, we will ensure that you have all the information you need to guide you through the process.
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