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Protect yourself from blackmail over Skype

Community Manager Emeritus

Recently we’ve seen reports of incidents of blackmail over Skype that we want to make you, our users, aware of.

 

The recent reports describe how users are lured into providing revealing images or information about themselves over Skype. The perpetrators then threaten to publish these images unless the user pays them not to.

 

This is a terrible situation to be put in and we’re acting on your reports to prevent the perpetrators from abusing Skype in this way in the future. Unfortunately, once they have your information we cannot control how they use it. Preventing them getting that information through vigilance is your most powerful defence.

 

In this case you should be vigilant for individuals asking you to share images or information about yourself that you wouldn’t want to see published, especially if you have only ever met the recipient online.

 

We take online safety very seriously at Skype and so should you. To help you do that, we provide a wealth of security information through help articles on Skype Help, a security page on Skype.com, this Security, Privacy, Trust and Safety board and security posts on the Skype blogs.

 

If you have been a victim of blackmail on Skype, it’s important that you block the offending party, report them for abusing Skype and contact your local law enforcement agency. These steps are described with screenshots in our guide to reporting abuse on Skype.


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