Are You Being Blackmailed?
The e-mail trying to extort money from you may look something like this:
Have you received a threatening e-mail claiming or actually knowing some of the passwords you used in the past and demanding money? Lately, some of those kind of e-mails have been popping up in inboxes all over the place.
“Unfortunately this has been happening a lot lately, especially after the cyber-security breach at the credit reporting agency Equifax last year. I recommend changing all your passwords right now, especially the passwords you use to access your bank accounts,” says Planetguide.com owner Brett Bauman.
Should You Be Concerned?
This is a scam. This e-mail does not mean your computer has been hacked, or that you were filmed actually watching porn. However, it could mean that your password has been leaked through some sort of recent data breach. If you are still using that same password, you need to change it right now! Also note that there tends to be nothing about you in those e-mails, no addresses and no names. Furthermore, the e-mail does not mention what kind of porn site you have supposedly visited.
Don’t Respond, Don’t Pay
There are several versions of this e-mail going around right now. The amount of money the scammers are asking for varies and some of those e-mails may have an attachment titled “Invoice” or something similar, according to some tech websites. Do not open any attachments that comes with these scam e-mails and of course do not pay any money! Keep in mind if a scammer actually had all the information they claimed to have about you, they would not need to extort you, but would simply log into your bank or other accounts and steal from you.