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.