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Someone is blackmailing me

Finding yourself the victim of a blackmail or extortion attempt can be incredibly distressing. The subject matter of the blackmail commonly involves sensitive personal information or confidential business information. Often there is a threat to publish this information, unless money or some other form of property is paid. An example could be if someone has intimate photos of you and is threatening to publish them unless you pay them money. 

Blackmail is unlawful and carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

If you are being threatened it is important to seek legal advice straight away. We can help advise on the practical and legal steps you can take to deal with the situation quickly and discretely.

In some situations, threats of this kind might warrant involving the police. In such circumstances we can work with our in-house criminal lawyers, headed by Robert Conway, to help you navigate that process.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

How can Vardags help?

If someone is threatening you, or you are worried you might be at risk of being blackmailed, there are a number of steps you can take.

We are experienced at helping clients to neutralise blackmail threats quickly and discretely. Often the situation can be resolved via legal correspondence with the blackmailer, without the need for legal action or involving the police. By engaging with us at an early stage, we can ensure that your legal position is protected from the start.

However, if the blackmailer does not desist then we can advise you on your right to pursue the matter in both the civil and criminal courts. If your matter does involve a criminal element, we can work closely with our criminal department to ensure you get the best result.

Whatever step you decide to take, it is important to keep all evidence you may have including any emails, text messages, photos and letters you have received from the blackmailer. Do not be tempted to delete anything.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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If someone is threatening to leak information to the media unless you pay them, that could constitute blackmail.

In such circumstances we could apply to court for an interim injunction against the blackmailer, which would prevent them disclosing the information to the media.

We can also work quickly to inform the media of the facts of the situation, particularly if the blackmailer has identified a particular journalist or publication. We can ensure that the media are made aware of the circumstances of the threatened publication and seek undertakings that they will not publish the material.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

If the defamatory allegations are emanating from an anonymous account, there are still a number of steps that can be taken to protect your reputation and privacy.

1. Cyber investigations are often successful in revealing the identity of anonymous users. These trace the ‘digital breadcrumbs’ which are often left behind by users.

2. We regularly work with private investigators and cyber experts to help track down the source of anonymous threats.

Legal routes are also available for identifying anonymous users. These include obtaining a court order requiring an ISP (Internet Service Provider) or a website host to reveal the anonymous user’s identity.

Even if you cannot identify the anonymous user, you can still seek an injunction preventing publication of private information in the form of a "John Doe injunction", meaning an injunction against "persons unknown" but who are identified by description. The court will still have access to the usual remedies if the injunction is then breached.  

These types of injunction are becoming more common given the risks of private information being published online.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

A threat to leak information to your family or employer unless you pay them can still constitute blackmail. Persistent threats of this nature which are causing you distress could also constitute harassment.

In these circumstances it is important to seek legal advice quickly in order to protect your position.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

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