I found this post to be useful in describing steps to be taken for victims of sextortion scams who are current clearance holders:
However, clearance holders are not the only people victimized by these schemes. How does an affected person applying for an initial clearance document the incident properly on the SF-86?
What specific concerns should be mitigated, and how?
Suppose an unmarried, unattached man using a legitimate online dating site (e.g. okaycupid) was contacted by a woman with an apparently legitimate profile, and responded intelligently to conversation prompts (seemingly ruling out the possibility of a bot). The woman then requests the man to talk over Skype, and believing the risk for exposure to be minimal due to reciprocity, the man performs sexual acts (e.g. masturbation) for the woman (who was likewise masturbating).
The woman then demonstrates that some pictures were collected, locates the man’s Facebook profile, and threatens to harass friends with pictures from a fake profile setup in the man’s likeness. The man, being untrained in how to respond in such situations, then pays an initial ransom ask for a few hundred dollars (which he can afford without exposing himself financially) in good faith to a Western Union account in the Philippines, hoping the offending party would relent. The man refuses further ransom attempts, informs the woman he would save all details of recorded contact and payment, and would not hesitate in reporting the activity to the appropriate US authorities if any further contact was made to either the man, or any acquaintance.
Thoughts on case:
The man should formally file the case with the FBI’s IC3 department, report the financial information provided as a “close contact” on the SF86, explain the details of the case, note any similar past incidents (or lack thereof), refer to the submission of the details of the case to the FBI, detail any steps taken to prevent a likelihood of occurrence, and cross-reference the event on the “have you EVER provided financial support to foreign national” question to the extent possible with the information available.
It seems obvious that this is the sort of event that absolution should be mentioned somewhere on the form, and creates some concerns to be mitigated. The hope is that self-reporting an incident which would perhaps not otherwise have been found during the investigation, in concert with the submission of evidence to the FBI, should mitigate the concern to the extent possible by displaying appropriate candor, and an unwillingness to let the information be used for blackmail again the future.
Thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated by any affected parties, I am sure.