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Title Cyber crime gang targets victims in ‘sextortion’ scam   hot icon  
Date 2020-04-17 Hit 313
Title: Cyber crime gang targets victims in ‘sextortion’ scam


Author: The Scotsman


Date: 15.04.2020




The public are being warned against a new ‘sextortion’ scam that already has almost 100 victims.

A con email claims footage will be posted online of the victim watching pornography unless they pay a ransom using bitcoin.

There were 16 extortion reports made to Police Scotland overnight on April, with the number rising to 96 by Tuesday.

Detective Inspector Michael McCullagh, of cybercrime investigations, 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"

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