Blackmail on the Internet
I think somebody is trying to blackmail my boyfriend who foolishly exchanged nude whats app photos with a lady he met online. We have two children together. Now this lady is threatening to post his nude photos together with photos of myself and children on the internet, unless we pay her 20000 rand. She has also threatened to add our contact details. Is this not blackmail? And if so what shall I do?
You are correct that it is extortion or blackmail, and possibly a popular one called catfishing in that the profile picture and photos might have been taken from elsewhere. Extortion is a criminal offense. In all probability “this lady” could even be male. And of course she has no right to post your pictures without consent, especially when she has been warned not to do so. You may report the incidence to the police and even get a restraining order from the courts but as with all digital correspondence the difficulty will be in tracking the suspect. Your best bet is to get an attorney to assist you with a threat of arrest if such a person carries out the threat. Alternatively tell “her” you have reported the incident to the police and a lawyer, with screenshots of your correspondence. He will likely disappear. If not, the attorney will assist in tracking him down for possible arrest through service providers.