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Often closely associated with the term 'Sextortion', the best advice in regard to webcam blackmail is try to avoid being targeted in the first place. Never get lured into removing your clothes or performing sexual acts in front of your webcam. If you do fall into a blackmail trap, do not pay any fees, but report the crime, however embarrassing it may seem at the time.



What do I do now?


  • Make a note of the website or e-mail address that prompted the activity
  • Take a 'screenshot' of the site, link or e-mail(s) in question if possible
  • Make a note of any profiles names and links to their profile if the incident involved social media

Protect yourself

  • Do not follow any suspect links and if you have landed on a suspicious website, close your browser and clear your browser temporary files
  • Don't forget to run a virus scan to be on the safe side
  • Keep your webcam covered when you are not using it


This should be reported to Gloucestershire Constabulary

  • Report it online here
  • 101 non-emergency

If you feel that there is life at risk and require an emergency response, please call 999.

We may also ask you to report it to Action Fraud as part of the national initiative relating to cybercrime.


What happens next?

If you report the cybercrime to us directly, we will provide you with an incident number and harm reduction advice to help protect you when you are online. Your report will be reviewed by officers who will contact you further if additional information is required.

If you report it to Action Fraud, the details are passed to the national Fraud Intelligence Bureau, which works with police forces and a number of other key agencies in gathering and sharing intelligence and linking information on crime patterns. Any cybercrime that requires police investigation is passed to your local force to deal with. Action Fraud also provides reassurance, advice and support to callers.

Victim Support: Emotional support and practical information is available should the illegal activity you have reported adversely affect you. For help and support the local victim care team is on 0845 6121 900

If an arrest is made, the offender is likely to be prosecuted and you may be required to be a witness at court. Information on attending court as a witness can be found here


What else can I do?

Sticking to some simple principles whilst using the internet will help make your online experience a safer one. For more, visit Cyber Aware or Get Safe Online

Page last updated: 18 January 2018