SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION
Many Scam Victims Are Frequently Confused About The Definitions Of Cyber-Enabled Crimes, Such As Scams, Blackmail Or Extortion
EXTORTION IS VERY SIMPLY OBTAINING BENEFIT THROUGH COERCION
In most jurisdictions, extortion is a criminal offense. Pure and simple!
Here is the definition in many U.S. States’ Legal Codes:
The crime of Extortion is committed when a person maliciously threatens to:
Accuse another of any crime or offense;
Injure the person, property or reputation of another;
Expose another to disgrace;
Expose any secret affecting another; or
Impute any deformity or lack of chastity to another.
With the intent to:
Extort money or any pecuniary advantage; or
Compel any person to do any act or refrain from doing any act against their will.
For example: if you threaten some action for the purpose of obtaining an action by another person it is extortion. When a scammer (or anyone) threatens you in return for you doing some action then that is extortion.
- It can be extortion even if the threat is pretended or false.
- It can be extortion even if it does not involve money.
- The key is that there is a threat and the demand for an action.
An “extorter” can threaten jail, or financial penalties, public exposure, or even a lawsuit – in return for the “extorted” performing some action.
- Extortion is NOT bullying. Bullies just harass without the demand for anything specific.
- But if a bully demands that you do SOMETHING then it is extortion!
The actions could be: not reporting a crime, removal of some information, deleting a social media profile, or sending money.
Monetary extortion or blackmail is what most people are familiar with. But extortion does NOT have to include money and it is still a crime.
If someone threatens you with any action unless YOU do something, report it to your police as extortion. Never feel embarrassed because you are being victimized and the only way to put these thugs in their place is by reporting these crimes!
Remember, extortion is a serious criminal act and is subject to extradition!
The crime of Extortion is a Felony and is punishable in many locations by up to decade or more in prison and fines of $10,000 or more.
Always be careful online. Scammers and haters are everywhere. But by using the criminal justice system effectively we can combat these criminals wherever they are!
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