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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 address where you identified the suspect activity
  • Take a 'screenshot' of the site, link or e-mail that raised your concerns

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


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?

The nature of the internet and the frequency of criminal activities may mean that you are not contacted directly by an officer but you will receive further information regarding our victim support service.

Contact your bank where appropriate, to make them aware of the incident so that they can take appropriate steps to protect your accounts.

Due to the volume and nature of cybercrime, contact from our staff may happen some time after the event, so please include as much detail as possible in your initial report to aid any investigation, keeping a copy for your records as reference for any follow up contact.


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 AwareGet Safe Online or Gloucestershire Safer Cyber Forum

Page last updated: 09 March 2017