The police in New Zealand have warned citizens about an email scam that is tricking people into handing over thousands of dollars’ worth of BTC.
The police in Waitemata, NZ warned people that scammers were sending people emails telling them that their browsing history had been hacked. They were told that they had been watching adult content online. As a result, they had to pay a ransom in BTC if they did not want their browsing history exposed online. Unfortunately, some people have already fallen for the scam. They were concerned about videos of themselves watching graphic content being leaked online and they chose to pay the scammers.
According to Detective Senior Sergeant Callum McNeil, the police in Waitemata are currently investigating reports of the email scam. The scammers claim that they have been secretly recording victims via their webcam showing them watching graphic content online. They then threaten that the video will be sent to their contact list unless they pay BTC worth $1900.
Besides hacking the computers, the scammers claim they know the passwords of their victim and in some cases; they have access to emails used by their victims in the past. Those emails and passwords were obtained from earlier online leaks. The police are telling anyone that receives such an email to delete it. Besides that, the police are asking people to change their existing passwords often, especially for important email addresses that are listed by the scammers. Additionally, they are asking anyone who has already sent money to the scammers to contact the police hotline.
Crypto scams are quite common. However, if you ever suspect that you are being scammed, you should immediately cut off communication and change your passwords. Besides that, you can file a report with the police. You should avoid using the same password for different sites and if possible, get a disposable email address that is not connected to your main email address. Other measures that you can take include updating your OS often as well as your antivirus software.