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    Webcam scam, the duration of blackmail

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    They registered me on Skype, what can I do now. When we are victims of the webcam scam, the aggressiveness of the threats and the actions put in place by the scammers, place the victims in situations of very intense stress that can last several days, weeks and sometimes several months. Many victims ask themselves this question, how long will the blackmail last?

    It is impossible to know because we do not know the profile of the scammers, but there are factors that influence the duration of the threats. In this article, you will discover the different factors that can affect the webcam scam harassment duration.

    Webcam scam, the duration of blackmail

    The different factors that can affect the duration of harassment:

    Each case is unique and depends on the actions that have already taken place and on the aggressiveness of the scammer ... The duration of the blackmail therefore depends on many factors and it is difficult to determine how long it can last.

    Are you ready to cut the contacts: many victims the first thing they do is cut off contact with scammers for fear of reprisals, which are easily understood when we know or experience that kind of threats. Not cutting ties with the contact keeps the connection open with the scammer and encourages him to continue the harassment because he always hopes to make more money.

    The scammer works alone or in a group: some criminals work alone, others have teams and help to manage their scams. Depending on the aggression, the methodology and the time the scammer will be more or less aggressive over time.

    They have sensitive information about you: if the scammers have sensitive information such as your company name, Facebook friend's name, your family members' identities, phone numbers, colleagues or your employer…. this could encourage them to keep the pressure on you much longer because they know that this information is sensitive, thus putting you in a delicate situation and the pressure exerted will always be stronger and could make you give in to blackmail.

    Shark already paid some money: Paying a sum of money for criminals is a gear you don't have to fall into. They encourage you to pay by promising that the blackmail will stop once the first payment is made. It will only be the first in a long series if you go this route.

    I your personal and professional data are on the Internet: for some victims who have a professional or personal activity visible on the Internet, some information cannot be deleted (telephone number, website, telephone number on an association site, professional address ...) and constitutes a permanent point of attack for criminals. It is common for scammers to use this information to re-contact the victim several months after the first threats and resume the webcam scam blackmail.

    Scammers resell their data: over the years, criminals have refined their methods and professionalized their criminal activities. It is not uncommon for criminals to resell their respective databases of victims with all information (videos recorded on Skype, Facebook contacts, mail, telephone numbers…). This is how victims are re-scammed several weeks or months later by scammers other than the ones they started with. Their method of retaliation, harassment and aggression can vary.

    What is important to do:

    - Cut off contact with criminals and stop responding, even if the threats are intense and you are afraid to respond for fear of retaliation.
    - Take an inventory of all the information they have about you.
    - Search on Google and Facebook, what information is easily visible for you.
    Read all the tips related to the webcam scam.

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