Sextortion is Newest Cyber Scam

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Bribery and extortion have been around for ages, but sextortion, the newest cyber-con adds a devious twist. While “extortion” is the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats, “sextortion” takes it one step further. Sextortion occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them with images of a sexual nature, sexual favors, or money.

On Monday, officials released a massive scam warning as phishing emails using “sextortion” as bait filled up men’s inboxes.

Con artists are sending emails to people, threatening to release videos of them watching adult videos if they don’t pay up using Bitcoin.

The criminal then reveals one of the victims passwords as incentive to give up even more information. Investigators say while the cyber criminals don’t have real videos of you, they do have one of your real passwords possibly hacked during a security breach.

It’s not rocket science that criminal came up with this concept. In fact, this hack was ripe for the taking.

The Institute for Family Studies revealed in their latest research that 50% of casually dating men watch porn weekly, and this percentage only drops to 40% when they are seriously dating, and 20% for engaged or married.

From a “criminal marketing perspective” it was an audience just waiting to be exploited.

“We could see variations of this coming forward,” said Laura Hautala from CNET. “You might get an email that’s a bit more convincing, that has your current password or something really recent.”

Experts say your best bet is to just ignore emails from anyone you don’t know, especially if they’re demanding money.

Do not pay the scammers or send them pictures.

Sextortion is a serious internet crime that can lead to devastating consequences for victims.

According to the FBI, here are some things you can do to avoid becoming a victim:

  1. Never send compromising images of yourself to anyone, no matter who they are — or who they say they are.
  2. Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know, and in general be wary of opening attachments even from those you do know.
  3. Turn off [and/or cover] any web cameras when you are not using them.
  4. If you receive an email that claims they have video of you viewing pornography, do not answer, delete the scam email and do not pay any amount in any form.

    The FBI says in many sextortion cases, the perpetrator is an adult pretending to be a teenager, and you are just one of the many victims being targeted by the same person. If you believe you’re a victim of sextortion, or know someone else who is, the FBI wants to hear from you: Contact your local FBI office (or toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI).

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