There is an email scam making the rounds that isn’t new, per se, but has a new twist to it.
Referred to as a ‘Sextortion’ scam, the email purports to have dirt on you, specifically a hacker having used your webcam to take footage of you watching porn, and threatens to release it if you do not pay up to a Bitcoin address provided in the email.
This isn’t a particularly new scam in and of itself. However, the twist comes in that the email comes with one of your passwords as proof that it’s real.
The email reads:
So, what do you do if you receive an email like this? Delete it.
Most sites reporting on this email scam are finding the recipients are being presented with a password that they haven’t used for many years. This leads experts to believe the email scam is an automated process that harvests data from one of many online databases containing user information from any number of web site breaches over the past decade. So, while the password may actually be tied to you, the threat is nothing more than a hoax hoping that you’ll be gullible enough to fall for it and send them money.
While this email scam may be nothing to worry about, you should still take some precautions to ensure that you don’t become a victim to an actual attack.
Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from being the victim of an email scam:
- Never open attachments on an email from an unknown sender nor should you follow links.
- Be wary of attachments from users you do know. Follow up with them before opening it to make sure they really did send it.
- Never provide account information to an email request. Companies will never ask for your credentials, especially over email out of the blue.
- Install a good Antivirus solution and make sure you keep it up to date.
- Not using your webcam? Unplug it or cover it so can’t be used without your knowledge.
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