I’m being #blackmailed by a porn phishing #scammer


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I recently received an email from an unknown address accusing me of watching porn and asking me to pay $1,900 in Bitcoin as a ransom. The sender claims to have made a recording of me, and is prepared to send copies to my contacts from Facebook and my email address. I know it’s a scam (I definitely haven’t been watching porn), but what really worried me was the inclusion of an old password I used to use. What can I do? – Tom, Hastings You’re right, it is a particularly nasty scam designed to prey on internet users’ fears, but in this case you don’t have anything to worry about. Whenever you receive an email like this, do not hand over any money. The scammer wants you to panic and cough up, and while the old password is worrying, the most feasible explanation is that they found your email address and the associated password on a database of old usernames from a past data breach. Phishing scams are becoming increasingly elaborate (Photo: Pixabay) How to avoid annoying pop-ups telling you your computer is infected Security expert Brian Krebs says the password inclusion is an update on an old scam, and the password itself is probably one you haven’t used in around a decade. You can use sites like https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to check if your email address has been associated with any data breaches. On the off chance you’re still using the password for any accounts, be sure to change it immediately. Otherwise, there’s no need to take any further action. It’s just a phishing scam trying to scare you. Change your passwords, don’t pay the money However, sharing illicit images and video without the subject’s consent (colloquially known as revenge porn) is illegal, and punishable by up to two years in prison. If you or someone you know is being threatened, charity The Revenge Porn Helpline can offer free and confidential advice on 0345 600 0459. Keep records of conversations and what has been sent to you, and contact the police. Victim support (www.victimsupport.org.uk) can also offer support.

Source: https://inews.co.uk/news/technology/im-being-blackmailed-by-a-porn-phishing-scammer/


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