What is the difference between extortion and blackmail?

Extortion and blackmail are similar in concept, but there are differences between the two. Extortion is a form of theft that takes place when an offender obtains money, property or services from another person through coercion. Blackmail is a crime in which the offender threatens to reveal information about a victim or his family members that is potentially embarrassing, socially damaging, or incriminating unless a demand for money, property or services is met.

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