Don’t Be Fooled by Rising Extortion Email Scams

by Nick Volpe

Over the past few years, there has been a rise in extortion email scams. In short, these are from individuals who say that they have an embarrassing video of the person receiving the email. Are these true? What can you do?

First, the scammer will threaten to send the video, or other embarrassing evidence, to contacts from your email address book. However, if you pay a fee to the scammer, they say that they will not send the message. Yet, the truth is that the scammer is just out for the money. Chances are that they did not actually hacked your computer or capture any information.

 

Ultimately, this trend of extortion email scams is not new; it is just the latest chapter in online email scams.

However, there are some new aspects to this latest threat. The scammers are using publicly available databases of leaked information. Possibly, these databases can be from high-profile data breaches such as LinkedIn, Yahoo, Equifax, and others.

Realistically, private information including email addresses and passwords are likely out there on the dark web. Now, they are being included in these email scams to give the impression of credibility.

Fundamentally, if you see your password in an email threatening you, the hope is that you will react quicker. Don’t be fooled!

Plus, if you want to read more, check out this article.

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