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Beware of scammers threatening to publish sexual images

Every day we receive calls from worried internet users who are being extorted by someone who claims they will spread sexual images of them. This is simply an attempt at extortion, also known as a sextortion scam.

As part of the sextortion scam, you will get an e-mail where extortionists claim to have hacked into your computer and taken intimate footage of you when you were watching porn. The extortionists threaten to put the images online unless you pay a fee. They often ask for an amount to be transferred in Bitcoins.  That is suspicious too.

The sextortion scam is a bluff: the extortionists do not have any images of the victim.

We recommend that you do not respond to this e-mail

  • Do not answer the e-mail.
  • Delete it
  • Mark the message as spam or unwanted e-mail. Block the sender.
  • If you do not share intimate images of yourself with others, the extortionist is bluffing. They can't have footage of you.
  • Certainly, do not accept the request to pay a sum of money.
  • File a complaint with the police.

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