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Blackmail

A crime in which one threatens to reveal damaging information about another unless the former is paid some amount of money or is given something of value. For example, one may threaten to reveal information about an extramarital affair or evidence that the other person committed a crime unless one is paid $100,000. Legally, blackmail is a form of extortion.
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The central character, whom Senelick nicely compares to Tartuffe, is Gill Norvege, critic and arbiter of taste to his decadent circle, who feigns love for a woman because he needs her money to pay off a blackmailer.
The blackmailer probably named himself or herself after the ancient Chinese philosopher Mozi (Bokushi in Japanese).
Wendy Gordon suggests that blackmail should be outlawed because "the blackmailer acquires information for the sole purpose of obtaining money or advantage from the victim, and .
The scams include one in which the blackmailers befriend women online and persuaded them to send naked pictures or videos over Skype.
Online comments supported the decision to review the verdict, saying that the seven-month sentence was in fact a picnic for the aggressor and blackmailer.
TOP soccer aces have taken AIDS tests after an evil blackmailer claimed he had infected them, the Sunday People can reveal today.
But the blackmailer failed to show up, the police officials said.
Lindsay's undervolumed, unfocused portrayal never brings to life the complex persona of Carrie Philips, the longtime mistress, blackmailer and World War I German sympathizer.
But the Cabinet Office said last night that the way the blackmailer threatened to poison the water system meant the risk posed to the public was "negligible.
The odds increase even if the blackmailer has no independent reason to tell the wife, for she is less likely to find out about her husband's indiscretion once the pertinent data are under the husband's control.
The blackmailer then asks the victim to contact him on Skype or Facebook and fixes the camera on previously recorded footage from another screen of a Western woman taking her clothes off.
The footballer gagged the 'Big Brother' beauty with a super-injunction in a bid to prevent him being identified, and his lawyers portrayed her in court as a blackmailer who asked for cash from the star.