Extortion Campaigns Continue to Target NJ Residents

The NJCCIC continues to receive incident reports from New Jersey residents targeted with emails meant to extort them out of hundreds or thousands of dollars. Extortion scams have been around for years; however, new techniques serve to convince victims of their legitimacy. Recent extortion email variations claim to have hacked the recipient’s device and recorded them visiting adult content websites. The perpetrator then demands a ransom payment in the form of bitcoin be sent within a set timeframe or they will release the video to their contacts. Several variations on this scam have circulated since the summer of 2018. A search on one of the bitcoin addresses included in an extortion email revealed that payments had been made to this account. It is important to note that there are no indications that these threats are credible. The NJCCIC recommends users educate themselves and others on this and similar scams to prevent further victimization. Cyber incidents may be reported to the NJCCIC via our incident reporting page.

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