Sextortion Campaign Targets Young People

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued warnings of sextortion campaigns targeting young people through spam campaigns, social media, gaming platforms, and video and chat apps. Threat actors attempt to entice and coerce victims to send them explicit content including images and videos. Several tactics include flattery, attention, and offers of money and valuable items. After the victim complies, the threat actor demands additional images and/or videos be sent to them. If the victim refuses, the threat actor threatens to send the explicit media they already received to the victim’s contacts. The NJCCIC recommends users educate themselves and others on this and similar scams to prevent victimization. We also advise users to review the FBI video and to refrain from responding to any suspicious communications or divulging information, images, or videos to strangers. We encourage users to report cyber incidents via the NJCCIC Cyber Incident Report Form, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline.

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