Cyber Extortion Scam
WHAT IS A CYBER EXTORTION SCAM?
A scammer befriends you online and then coaxes you into performing an indecent act on camera. Afterwards, the scammer use the video footage or images of the act to extort money from you.
You may also receive a threatening email claiming your computer has been compromised and the sender has compromising photos/ videos of you, which they will share with your loved ones and friends. You are asked to pay the scammers in cryptocurrency to resolve the issue.
Look out for these scam signs
Scammers often prey on emotions to convince victims to do things they would not otherwise do.
You receive an email claiming that your computer has been hacked and that compromising videos of you have been leaked. You are asked to transfer cryptocurrency to a particular wallet.
How to stay safe
Cyber Extortion Scam: Real Stories
21 Mar 2023 | Cyber Extortion Scam
Beware of Cyber Extortion impersonation scams!
I received an email on 20 March 2023 from my own email account (full content below). Apparently, that person claims that he/she has taken over full control of my computer device and E-mail account and…...
10 Oct 2021 | Cyber Extortion Scam
Met this girl on Facebook dating, and she seemed really genuine. It was also my first time using Facebook data or any dating platforms. she suggested that we move to line and continued chatting there.…...
21 Aug 2021 | Cyber Extortion Scam
I almost fell prey to scammer's trap
She liked me on Facebook dating app and sent me her overseas number to add her via WhatsApp, while stating she is currently living in Singapore. I asked her why didn’t she use a local number and she…...
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