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Online blackmail is happening more frequently these days, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
The IC3 reports an increase in extortion attempts received via email and postal mail, often using the victim’s specific user information to add authenticity. The “recipient’s personal information is noted in the email or letter to add a higher degree of intimidation to the scam. For example, a recipient’s user name or password is provided at the beginning of the email or letter,” the FBI reports.
Often, the recipient of these blackmail attempts is accused of visiting adult websites, cheating on a spouse or being involved in other compromising situations. The extortionist threatens to share compromising information with a spouse, co-workers or others unless a ransom is paid, usually in difficult to trace bitcoin.
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If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, you should reach out to your local FBI field office and file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov. Please provide any relevant information in your complaint, including the extortion email with header information and bitcoin address if available.
Click here to learn about our services for victims of cyber harassment or online blackmail.
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