BBB warns of “sextortion” scam

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(CNN) – The Better Business Bureau is warning about an e-mail scam it says you could fall victim to.

It’s called “sextortion” and it works like this: The scammer will send you an e-mail claiming to have images or videos of you watching pornography or engaging in other compromising activities.

Often, the scammer will claim to have activated your webcam without your knowledge.

The e-mail may also contain personal information about your contacts using information stolen in major security breaches.

The scammer will generally demand payment in exchange for not sending embarrassing images of you to friends, families, or employers.

According to the Better Business Bureau, the threat is almost always an empty one and the scammer has no such images.

If you receive an e-mail like this, you can report it to the FBI and on the Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker website.

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(This story was originally published on August 24, 2019)

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