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    How Do I Protect Myself from Sextortion and Blackmail in Connecticut?

    • When someone threatens to put your private text messages or nudes on the internet unless you pay them, that’s sextortion in Connecticut.
    • As people quarantine for COVID in Connecticut, sextortion investigations and arrests are on the rise.

    What is Sextortion in Connecticut?

    Sextortion is when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material to the public if you don’t comply with their demands. Typically, they want nude photos and video, sexual favors, or money. The sextortionist will threaten to distribute the information to your job, family, loved ones, or the Internet at large. To learn more about sextortion charges click here.

    What is a Sextortion E-mail Scam in Connecticut?

    A sextortion scam email is where a stranger e-mails you to claim that they’ve hacked your computer and installed malware on it that keeps track of everything you have been doing. The e-mail will threaten to share this information unless you pay in untraceable crypto currency, such as bitcoin. The scariest part is they will often include your password, which is likely outdated by many years and part of an old data breach.

    How Else Does Sextortion Happen?

    Sextortion also happens when someone develops a level of trust with you, and you willingly share sensitive information. In time, the relationship sours and they choose to wield that trust as a weapon against you for their own personal gain.

    How To Protect Yourself from Sextortion in Connecticut

    There are some key things you can do to avoid finding yourself in a sextortion situation:

    (1) Never send sexual or images of yourself to anyone, no matter how long you know them and how much you trust them. Save that for in person. This is especially true for someone you do not know well.

    (2) Do not open attachments from people you do not know.

    (3) Turn off your web cameras when you are not using them. Hackers can gain access to your camera and record activity without you knowing.

    What Do I Do if Someone Is Blackmailing Me?

    If you are being blackmailed or extorted in Connecticut, do not delete all the evidence to protect yourself. That will be counter productive. Instead, contact a top Connecticut sextortion blackmail attorney to go over your options. You may be able to subpoena records to find out the person’s identity, hire a private investigator, or make a report to the police. For more information about how getting a restraining order against your sextortionist, click here. 

    Call a Connecticut Sextortion Lawyer Today

    As a victim of an attempted crime in Connecticut, you have Constitutional rights. Do not let threats to expose your private information ruin your life. Whether you are being investigated for sextortion in Connecticut or are a victim of sextortion in Connecticut, our team of lawyers can help. See our hundreds of certified online reviews from former clients and call us today at (203) 358-4700.