ALERT: FBI Warns Email Extortion Heating Up for Summer!
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a warning that email extortion campaigns have heated up recently. The IC3 states that the recent increase in email extortion stems from recent data breaches in companies such as Ashley Madison, the IRS, Anthem, and others where millions of records with highly personal information was stolen.
With extortion email scams, victims are informed that the CyberCriminals have their highly personal information. The victims are instructed to pay, usually within a short time period. The ransom amount typically ranges between 2-5 Bitcoins (approximately $300-$1400 US, depending on exchange rates).
Victims are told that if they do not pay the ransom, their personal information (such as name, phone number, address credit card info. and other confidential information) will be sent to the victim’s social media contacts, family, and friends.
Do NOT answer these demands, and do NOT pay anything.
If you do, your data will be sold to other scammers who will continue to haunt & extort you for further fund.
Report this scam to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), at: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx