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Received an extortion email? What should you do?

Extortion emails are, unfortunately, more commonplace than you may think.

The internet is awash with phishing emails, designed to get you to click on an apparently benign link to get something useful or fix a perceived problem. Of course, clicking on it is exactly what you should NOT do.

Extortion emails are no joke…

In the last 12 months, there has been a rise in the number blackmail or even “sextortion” emails. These go along the lines of: “We have taken over your webcam and seen you and all your sordid activities! Pay us or we will expose you to the World”!

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The reality is that it is extremely unlikely that your webcam has been taken hostage (or “pwned” in tech parlance). Typically, the sender has no idea who you are. They will send the same email to hundreds of thousands of email accounts – hoping “some of the mud might stick”, and that a few people will cough up the $1000 or so being asked for.

Again, the perceived wisdom is to delete and ignore, but this kind of message does press people’s buttons as it is so personal.

This article helps to explain what is going on and again why it makes sense to bin such unpleasantness.

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