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POLICE have issued a warning over an email scam in which fraudsters are threatening to publish online footage of victims.
The scam involves emails being sent to people, with the crook claiming to have video footage of the recipient watching pornography.
The con-artist then demands payment in ‘cryptocurrency’ bitcoin and threatens that failure to do so will result in the video being published.
This is known as ‘sextortion.’
Detective Inspector Michael McCullagh, of Police Scotland’s cybercrime investigations team, said: “These type of scams aren’t unusual. However, this particular suspect or group has used a similar method and wording in every email and in greater numbers than we normally see.
“The emails show current or legacy passwords belonging to the victim, making the threat seem credible. This is a tactic used by criminals to alarm potential victims.
“Awareness is crucial to avoid becoming a victim to this type of crime and I would encourage people to recognise this. Don’t make any payment, don’t reply to the email and take measures to enhance your security such as changing your passwords.”
Further details on this type of crime and how to protect yourself can be found online at www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/keep-secure-online/cybercrime or www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/advice-guidance/all-topics.
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