[Published on 16th April 2020]
We’ve received recent reports (from both ClearScore & non-ClearScore users) about a type of fraudulent scam called a ‘Sextortion scam’. This is a common type of fraud that has been seen over the last few years and seems to be re-appearing over the last few weeks.
This type of scam usually involves the following steps:
1) You receive an email from the perpetrator with an unknown email address (or sometimes multiple emails)
2) In this email, the perpetrator quotes a password that may/may not belong to you
This is usually a password you’ve used in the past for an online account, and so this password is tied to your email address
This is often quite an old password (used over 5 years ago, that often isn’t in use anymore)
3) The perpetrator discusses the scam that they have supposedly performed on you
Placing malware on adult websites to ‘gain access’ to your device, and record webcam footage
4) The perpetrator then demands you send money (usually $1500 - 2000$) to a particular Bitcoin account (this account often changes in each email), otherwise, they will distribute the webcam footage that they have reportedly recorded
Frequently asked questions about this scam:
What should I do if I've received one of these? How can I prevent falling victim of the type of scam in future?
The key steps below will help you if you’ve received one of these scam emails, or if you’re looking to prevent falling victim of this type of scam in future.
1) Do not respond to the email or pay the ransom