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I’ve Received a Blackmail Email Asking for Bitcoin. What Do I Do?

Stay Calm and Do Not Respond

Cybercriminals use fear tactics to exploit victims and extract money. Most of these emails are simply fishing exercises, with no real threat behind them. Here’s what you should do if you find yourself in this situation.

An example ‘speculative’ email example, where the sender has no real info on the recipient. This is sent by the thousand in the hopes that someone will comply:

Cybercriminals often use fear to exploit victims. Learn how to handle phishing emails and protect yourself from these common scams

Stay Calm and Do Not Respond

The first and most important step is to stay calm. Do not respond to the email, as engaging with the blackmailer can escalate the situation and encourage further demands. It’s crucial to avoid paying any money, as this will likely lead to more blackmail attempts.

Recognise the Scam

Understand that most blackmail emails are just speculating. These scammers usually don’t have the compromising information they claim to possess. Their goal is to scare you into paying money out of fear and desperation. Recognising this can help reduce anxiety and allow you to think more clearly about your next steps.

Preserve the Evidence

Keep the email and any other related communications as evidence. Do not delete them. Take screenshots and note any details that could be useful for authorities, such as the email address, the content of the message, and any Bitcoin wallet addresses mentioned.

Secure Your Accounts

Change your passwords immediately for all your online accounts, especially if the blackmailer claims to have access to them. Use strong, unique passwords for each account and enable two-factor authentication (2FA) where possible to add an extra layer of security.

Contact Verity Henton

For professional assistance, contact Verity Henton. Our team specialises in handling cases of cyber blackmail and can help you navigate this stressful situation. We can assess the threat, gather evidence, and work with authorities on your behalf. Our discreet and professional approach ensures your privacy and security are maintained throughout the process.

Report the Incident

Report the blackmail attempt to the authorities. In the UK, you can contact Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre. They will provide guidance and investigate the matter further. Verity Henton can assist you in communicating with the authorities, ensuring all necessary information is conveyed effectively.

Protect Your Digital Presence

Enhance your digital security to prevent further incidents. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Update Your Software: Ensure that all your devices have the latest security updates installed.
  • Use Antivirus Software: Regularly scan your devices for malware and other threats.
  • Be Cautious Online: Avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown sources.

Seek Emotional Support

Experiencing blackmail can be emotionally taxing. Don’t hesitate to seek support from trusted friends, family members, or a professional counsellor. Talking about your experience can help alleviate stress and provide you with valuable advice.

Moving Forward

By recognising the scam, securing your accounts, preserving evidence, and seeking professional assistance from Verity Henton, you can protect yourself and address the situation effectively.

If you have any reason to suspect that a blackmailer genuinely has imagery, video or other private data that they could use to harm you, please reach out to us immediately. We will do everything possible to protect you and guide your actions in dealing with it.



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