A new email scam is claiming to have video evidence of the receiver watching pornography from their webcam on their computer.
The scam mentions the victims email and states a, potentially 'active' password in the text.
DO NOT CLICK ON ANYTHING ON THIS EMAIL.
The subject may well be blank or you may have a subject line with your password in it. Report this email immediately as spam or junk. If it’s in spam already, do not release it.
The brief of the Sextortion scam claims that you've had a password on a website that has been hacked, this was listed or bought by the people who are running this scam.
As the victim, you have possibly used the same password and email address on multiple sites, meaning that you will most probably be unable to confirm on which site your password has been compromised.
AGAIN: DO NOT CLICK ON ANYTHING ON THIS EMAIL.
If this email contains your current password. Ensure you update/change this password on the site you use this.
This scam email uses personal emotive and believable wording, and is not a generic sounding standard scam email.
It is however, a scam. The cybercriminal sending the email is hoping to intimidate the receiver to take action and pay a ransom.
Best Practice Tips for Password Security
- Password should be over 8 characters and complex. Upper case, lower case, number and special characters.
- Do NOT use the same password over multiple sites.
- Do NOT use easily guessable passwords.
- Do NOT write your password down, or share it on email or chat.
- If possible, enable two factor authentication on the websites you use.
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