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Beware of the Blackmailing Scam

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Blackmail and extortion are some of the oldest tricks in the book—because they work. That’s why a fresh wave of these scams hit the internet last month, misleading victims. Here’s what you need to know about these scams.

How it works

The victim gets an email from a hacker claiming to have cracked their passwords, broken into their computer and used their webcam to watch online activity. They’ll threaten to reveal the victim has been visiting disreputable sites or to loot their accounts—unless the victim pays a steep price.  

Staying Safe Online

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With the average American spending 24 hours a week online, internet safety is more important than ever. A compromised computer can put you at risk for money loss, phishing scams or identity theft. Read on for steps you can take to keep yourself safe online.

Avoid fake sites

The easiest way to get scammed online is to visit a fraudulent site. If you’re browsing a site you don’t usually use, ask yourself these questions to make sure it’s safe.