From the OPP
The Rainy River District OPP would like to warn the public of a new extortion scam that is threatening consumers.
This scam, which already has taken place in the Northwest Region, is as follows:
You will receive an e-mail indicating that the sender has a video of you involved in sexually-explicit acts and that if you do not pay a fee via bitcoin, the video will be shared with all of your family members, colleagues, and friends.
For those who are unaware, bitcoin is a digital and global money system currency. It allows people to send or receive money across the internet–even to someone they don’t know or don’t trust.
Money can be exchanged without being linked to a real identity.
The e-mail further will cite a password that you (the victim) currently use, or previously have used, as proof they have hacked your computer while you were visiting a pornographic site and, as a result, access to the webcam was gained and all proceedings were recorded.
To prevent any humiliation, scammers urge victims to pay a “confidentiality fee” by bitcoin or the video will be shared.
Reporting to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre indicates this is a scam e-mail attempting to extort consumers into paying the requested ransom and that no actual video exists.
Reporting also suggests the passwords being cited have been obtained from previous data breaches.
How to protect yourself:
•change your passwords regularly, especially if you have been involved in a data breach (although not a guarantee, consumers may search their e-mail address to confirm possible involvement in a previous hack or breach at https://haveibeenpwned.com/);
•keep anti-virus programs updated and run checks routinely; and
•beware of unsolicited e-mails demanding personal information or immediate payment.
If you’ve been involved in a data breach, contact the credit bureaus to place fraud alerts on your identity.
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact the CAFC at 1-888-495-8501 or call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.