pop ups and warnings
If you’re on a porn website or have looked at porn before, either by mistake or because you wanted to, it’s common for pop-up boxes or messages to appear on your screen.
These pop-ups are often spam and are created to scare you or to get money from people. They do this by threatening to report porn on your computer or phone, or saying you need to pay a fine for being on a porn website.
Other pop-ups will have information about reporting you for watching porn unless you pay a large amount of money.
You should not pay any fine as this isn’t real.
These are scams and are different to the age checks most porn websites will use. One of the ways a porn site may check your age is with a credit card, but they won’t take any money.
Always think carefully before you give your name, personal details, address or bank account details to anyone on the internet. Find out more about staying safe online.
You can report online scams to Action Fraud, or talk to a Childline counsellor for advice and support. Close pop-ups, delete history and cookies on your computer and block sites that use these scams.