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
02 Dec 2023 | Cyber Extortion Scam
I met a girl on a dating site who later connected with me on Instagram. She gradually built a connection and persuaded me into an intimate video call, during which she recorded sensitive footage to extort…...
09 Sep 2023 | Cyber Extortion Scam
I met Paul on Instagram in late July 2023. He was a cheerful guy who would order fruits for me, encouraging me to stay healthy with vitamins. We became emotionally closer. In late August 2023, he went…...
07 Sep 2023 | Cyber Extortion Scam
I discovered the girl's Instagram ID while using the dating app Bumble. I messaged her on Instagram and, after briefly checking her account, found it to be genuine. We transitioned to Telegram as per…...