Saving lives by supporting victims with advice and reassurance when online blackmail happens

Think before you bare all — don't become a victim of online blackmail

'Sextortion' is an internet crime during which victims are lured into performing sexual acts in front of a webcam.

Victims don't realise that criminals record their actions and then use the video footage to try to blackmail the victim.

Offenders often threaten to upload video to the internet or send the video to a victim’s family and friends if the victim doesn't give the criminal money.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) knows how serious the risk and threat is from online blackmailers; we're working with the NCA and other agencies to give you clear and effective advice.

We aim to:

  • protect existing victims
  • prevent more of us from becoming vulnerable to the manipulative and devastating effects of sextortion
  • help you report to us more easily


The video below highlights how sextortion can happen.

Our sextortion self-help guide below will help you guard against it happening and to know what to do if you're the victim of this kind of blackmail.