I'm so lucky to have found this site!
I was scammed a day ago. I panicked and broke the cardinal rule of paying (low hundreds) before I found this site--I count it as an idiot fee. Before I found this site, I looked into any resource to get ahead of the scam (online information specialists and lawyers) all of which wanted outrageous amounts of cash themselves. But, how they describe the severity of the scam and impossibility to get out of it without their help was demoralizing.
Luckily, I have very little online presence (instagram only) with very few contacts and followers, less than 30. I decided to tell everyone that I going off social media for a week, to ignore any attempts of someone using my account or messages from unknown people about me. If no issues arise in that week, I would be back on.
I then found this site and read through what others have done (I started the blackmail form but couldn't remember most everything about the person as I deleted the chat thread out of pure disgust and shame). I decided to delete my instagram and google account completely. I also deleted anything else that could potentially lead back to me. I set up google alerts under a new Google account. I have yet to change my number and may wait to do so. I don't plan on creating a new social media account for several months, if at all.
I, also, live in fear right now that my video could be released by a opportunist and vindictive termite. What I mostly worry about is this termite controls the narrative around the video and can portray me any manner they wish. I'm hoping that cutting off avenues of communication will cause the termite to lose motivation quickly.
I blame myself for giving in at a moment of weakness, especially when my gut was telling me to stop; however, no one deserves to be taken advantage in this way. I know the scammer will never be caught. Hopefully, over time, my story can help others as the stories have helped me. I plan on updating throughout my recovery.
Huge thanks to this site and the contributors! It's good to know I'm not alone and it is possible to not have this moment define my life.