hopefullywillhelp wrote:It's now been a full month since I was hit with the webcam blackmail scam/sextortion/sextortion and just as others have described, I feel better about it pretty much everyday. Nothing has happened as far as I can tell and the recent Facebook account hacking scandal actually provided me with a great excuse to friends and family as to why my account is deactivated so that is an extra bonus. Thanks again to all who contribute and help keep this site.
Updating again now that it has been 9+ weeks since my blackmail/sextortion incident. I have followed all the steps and my video has not been shared at all and I have had no contact with my scammer, there have been no attempts to contact me through any other means, etc. I believe I am in the clear now and thus have just reactivated my Facebook account (I did change my associated email, username url, and profile picture but did not want to give up on my many memories/photos/etc). I trust the admins advice that after the advised waiting period it is extremely unlikely for the scammer to come back to you - there are too many fresh naive souls for them to focus on than to waist time on victims from months ago...
I have to admit that I sounded and felt just as scared and nervous, etc as any others on here when it first happened (and for a while after) but as the Admins have said of many others - I became more confident everyday and have become actually found relief at being off of social media for a while. I didn't realize how addicted I was until this happened and I feel like I have some greater perspective now. This site is truly amazing for helping with that. Reading through other people's stories and the admins advice was tremendously helpful in those very scary and stressful moments.
I have a feeling that most people who go through with this probably want to just try and forget it ever happened once they are through it - which is probably why there aren't a ton of people who come back here to post once they are over it. I will try to occasionally come back to post and reassure other victims that it does indeed get better and that you can indeed get through it.