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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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After the tape was played, police burst into the room and arrested the alleged blackmailers.
Soon, handsome blackmailer Goran Visnjic (ER) appears at the door with a video to die for, and it's pay-or-play time.
Maybe there are other secrets and other blackmailers. Maybe, as other tradesmen learn to implement unconscionably extortionate fee schedules--lifeguards, doctors, dentists, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and criminal attorneys, for example--other financial obligations will reduce the mark's ability to pay.
And she was well on her way to beating her deadly addiction when the blackmailers turned up.
Accepting that friendship request from a stranger on WhatsApp or responding to a message that states that you have won an amazing prize could land you in a blackmailers' trap, the Sharjah Police have warned.
Even though the real blackmailer was caught and convicted, they had to wait until yesterday before they were told they wouldn't be charged - after four months of worry.
'Its victims are vulnerable because in order to bring the blackmailer to justice they must themselves make public the secrets the blackmailer has threatened to expose.
I am agnostic on the question of how blackmailers would work, if legalized.
Police have urged people not to fall prey to such blackmailers and report them to the police on the toll free number 800 151.
Colonel Tahir Al Dhahiri, warned the cyber blackmailers were targeting women as well as men.
Stitt is denying aiding and abetting the blackmailers and claims he was acting as a Good Samaritan to help set up contact between the extortion gang and Witness A.
ONE of Wales's most respected political figures paid blackmailers to keep his gay lifestyle secret, it emerged yesterday.