Find information, resources, and how to get help if you have been a victim of sextortion.

What Is Sextortion?

Sextortion is a serious crime that takes place when someone threatens to share pictures or video of you if you don’t give them what they want. They may demand money, crypto, sex acts, or intimate pictures. They may threaten to harm you, your friends, or relatives unless you do as they say.

If this happens to you or to someone you know, it is not your fault. You are not committing a crime. There is help.

  2019-2021: Sextortion has more than doubled

Take Action

Reach Out

NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Endangered Children)   |   1-800-843-5678

FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Contact your local FBI field office   |   1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324)

Report It

Make a report to NCMEC's Cybertipline at Each report is reviewed and made available to the appropriate law-enforcement agency for possible investigation. NCMEC also provides assistance and support to victims and families, such as crisis intervention and local counseling referrals.

Report it to the FBI at

Remove Online Images

NCMEC can also help you get images off the web. Additionally, learn how to notify companies yourself of explicit content or visit to report it to NCMEC for help with the process to remove images.

Also, see the FBI's Victim Services Division and CPVA program for assistance and support.


NetSmartz is NCMEC’s free, online safety education program that has resources for people of all ages, including information on sextortion.

The FBI provides information about sextortion, what kids and caregivers need to know, and resources to get help.

This project was supported by Grant No. PROJ015143 awarded by the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission as the State Administering Agency for funds awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication, program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.