Being blackmailed might be one of the scariest things that can happen to someone. Suddenly your life goes from seemingly normal, into a full-on horror movie. No thanks.
Below, Reddit users share their stories of being blackmailed by someone, and how it all turned out for them.
When I wanted to move on and see other people she said I can't and that she would post my photos on a gay forum with my phone number if I didn't stay with her. I told her to go ahead and a few days later she sent me an AIM message with all the links to the forums where she posted them. My phone rang for several months from guys looking for a good time. I was really flattered.
They had fun but very adult time together. After the session ended she sent him a video of himalong with a list of his friends on Facebook and his wife's Facebook accounts. She demanded $1000 dollars. He was really scared of his wife getting to know what happened. He called me and asked for help.
I asked him to tell her he's paying through (company that processes international money transfer) as a tactic but never pay anything. Then made him ask her for more information, her full name, phone number and address. She was very skeptical but after he sent her photos of the office of that company proving he's there and serious, she sent them. She only sent the name of the neighbourhood but not the exact address though.
I looked up the neighbourhood and located the nearest police station's name and address.
I called her through Google voice. That meant the number that appeared on her phone was a local number from Philippines. In strong British accent, I told her I'm from the company that's processing the transaction and asked her we suspect it's a fraud. She was really scared and couldn't answer properly. When I cornered her, she abruptly ended the call and turned off the phone for 10 minutes.
I asked my friend to message her right after that telling that he got a call from the company processing the transaction too and they said that the money is now located in police station x and she should go there to take it.
She blocked him and never heard from her again. And he never had to pay again.
He became obsessed with this girl and dated her for like a week before she broke up with him. He still persistently texted her and asked for photos. It was straight up creepy the way he was talking to her. She continuously said no and made it clear she wasn't changing her mind. He said he was gonna send some first then so that she would send some. He send a few dirty pics of himself and she told him that if he doesn't stop, she will post them all over her instagram. He didn't take the warning. She posted the pictures. I was scrolling through my instagram and sure enough, there's my friend's man-bits with name and face. People called him cheeto puff for the longest time.
I was contacted via email with the demands being 0.5 BTC if I wanted to keep my site up. I decided not to pay such ransom and try to figure out who the perpetrator was. (hint: it wasn't very hard to figure out)
The kid accidentally sent the email with his personal GMail account and his full name as the email address + a picture of his face as his profile picture. He also had a public Instagram account with his full name advertising his botnet services. Finally, his parents were also listed in his facebook profile that he had.
After I told his parents what he did, the attack on my website magically stopped + all of his social media accounts were deleted, and I never heard from him again. Quite stupid if you ask me.
She met him on e-harmony, where he purported to be a foreign banker about to move to the states.
She thought they were really hitting it off, and began corresponding on a regular basis. Over time he found out who all her friends and family were and where she worked. Eventually they started sending pictures to each other.
That's when he dropped the act. He threatened to send the pictures to everyone she knew unless she wired him a few thousand dollars. She sent the money immediately.
But that wasn't the end of it. Over the course of the next few months, he continued demanding money, until all her savings were completely depleted. She kept all this quiet from everyone she knew, and was considering mortgaging her home so she could continue to pay for his silence.
Luckily one night at dinner, a few days before she was going to take out the loan on her house, she broke down in tears in front of my friend and confessed everything.
My friend immediately called me asking for legal advice (I'm an attorney). I told him that while I had no legal expertise in this area, I would do my best to dissuade the guy from releasing the pics.
I then sent the guy a very official sounding cease and desist email. In it I identified myself as her attorney, and explained that while we have not ruled out legal action yet, if he released the photos we would not hesitate to hire a local detective to use the wire transfer information to hunt him down. While I conceded that we may not ever be able to bring him to justice, we would spare no expense to make his life very very difficult.
It was of course all a bluff, but it worked. We never heard from him again.
My friend never told his mom that he had told me or anyone else. To spare her further embarrassment, he claimed he had a "man to man" conversation with the guy and that he had agreed to leave her alone.
When I found out I demanded my money back. She refused and then ran to the police and put in a report that I beat her and my daughter up. I was scared out of my mind and ended up marrying her in order for the charges to get dropped. I am now happily divorced I just miss seeing my daughter like I use to.
He blamed it on high payments for a truck he had, which seemed odd as the truck was in no way new nor worth that much. Well apparently the payments were to his ex, who had found evidence (video or pictures, can't remember such) that he had been abusing a young relative. Rather than turn him in, she blackmailed him for money.
Eventually he was found out anyhow and when he got arrested/charged, the whole blackmail thing came out. My friend was pretty messed up after finding out what he had done, but honestly I'd met the guy too and it's not like there were any signs of it.
Unfortunately I don't think the ex was charged, but in my opinion she should have been as a conspirator.
This happened over 12 years ago.
I was in high school and 15 years old when I had my cell phone confiscated by one of the school administrators. I was walking into the school when it rang and he demanded that I hand it over. He told me that he'd have it in his office until one of my parents came by to get it.
My mom came to the school to pick up the phone and it'd been misplaced. The school isn't liable because student cell phones were not allowed on school property.
About a month later I was in a pawn shop with an older friend and I see my cell phone in one of glass cases. I knew it was mine because of the megaman sticker on the face plate. The pawnshop clerk wouldn't budge when I told him that the cell phone was mine. He told me I would have to file a police report and prove that the phone was mine.
Instead of doing that, I decided to go to the office of the school administrator and ask him why the phone he'd confiscated from me ended up in a pawn shop. He got all flustered and I put two and two together.
He had been stealing students cellphones and selling them to pawnshops for extra cash. I called him out and for the next three years I blackmailed him for vending machine money whenever I saw him.
She texted me that, so I had proof of blackmail and she couldn't do anything.
I told her that's fine with me and nobody really gave a cared, got a few giggles off the girls no big deal. Then I showed everyone the dirty messages she sent me.
Because she felt totally embarrassed by it and let it get to her, she ended up way worse off than me. Was good.
My scumbag roommate wanted $500 to keep his mouth shut. I told him to do his worst, called up my soon-to-be-ex and ended the damn thing, and never looked back.
She had a secret of mine that could potentially destroy someone's career. After a couple of months of hanging out, I realized that she wasn't a very good friend and so I told her that I didn't want to hangout anymore.
Then, she just turned into this mean, jealous person who said "If you're going to end our friendship, I will tell everyone I know this secret." So, I kept being her friend. Luckily, she ended up moving away.
Me: Okay, I will show them this message.
All I had to do was pay her like $50 dollars and be her oral slave for 2 days. I just laughed and blocked her.
We had been casually dating when I was a student there, then returned home and we broke it off, then I returned to the country (in a different city) to work. He showed up at my doorstep and then wouldn't leave. Things then slowly descended into a classic abusive relationship scenario. But the blackmail started when I wanted to travel with my friends to visit another country. He stole my passport and hid it then forced me to agree to make a videotape of our intimate relations or else I couldn't have my passport back. I agreed and I got to go on my trip.
Shortly after the trip I left the country and returned to the US and the blackmail began. He was extremely possessive/jealous and would call me hundreds of times in the span of an hour if I didn't answer. During one of our fights, he showed me on skype that he did not delete the video as promised upon my return from the trip, but that he still had it. He threatened me constantly that he would release the video and show all my friends/family/coworkers if I didn't do what he want. Example: If I was sleeping over at a friends house, he would make me skype with him and show him everyone around me to prove I wasn't cheating on him. If I was at a bar, he'd want me to be on the phone with him and he would need to audibly hear that I said to everyone that he said hello so they would be aware I was his "property." If I did not do this, I'd get threats. After a long time of this and developing severe anxiety, I found the courage to change my phone number. The threats continued for awhile (still facebook friends) but then I finally got courage to cut off all ties about a year and a half ago. He no longer holds the power over me and my life.
...I just told her to do it. I knew that about half the people on my Facebook had seen me naked at some point or another.
She never did it.
Not sure why really, just to screw with my emotions I guess. After a couple weeks she admitted that she wasn't really pregnant and I never talked to her again.
It was free because we had the premium channels at the time.
He made me do all of his chores and kept holding it over my head. After a month, he told me to do something and I told him I was tired of doing his stuff. He said he was going to call our mom at work and tell her. So, I did one better, I called her myself.
"Mom?" "Yes?" "About a month ago I watched a dirty movie through On Demand." "Okay...is it going to show up on the bill?" "No, it was free." "Okay...uh...just don't do it again. Okay?" "Okay." "I'll be home at 6. Love you, bye." "Love you too. Bye."
My brother was pissed that I didn't get punished.
(Creepy right?) They sent us a message that said they would send it to all our family members if we didn't give them $1000. We didn't pay the money, called the cops and they basically told us don't pay, because they won't do anything. Most likely don't know all of our family or even know a way to send it to them. I moved houses, and never heard from them again. I'm also married now in a complete different area and my family never received anything.
So this CRAZY PERSON tracked down the pictures I posted of my wife, found her email address, and found her real name in an attempt to shame me into agreeing with him or else he would tell me wife what I was doing behind her back.
Which was solved via my wife messaging him with the same link and basically saying "You really think I wouldn't know my husband posted these pictures? We're exhibitionists, you idiot."