Scam alert! Don’t fall for this webcam extortion ploy | Avast

A titillating new scam has hit the scene, but don’t let it work you up. It hits you with a one-two punch of first showing that it knows your password, then telling you a compromising video exists (taken with your own webcam) of you watching porn. The scammer threatens to send the video to everyone in your contacts if you don’t make a bitcoin payment to the provided address. In the examples we’ve seen, the amount requested ranges from $1900 to $7000 (and it could be more). To further the discomfort, the scammer adds that the video has been rendered in a split-screen format that shows the actual XXX clip you were watching alongside your real-time reactions to it.

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