A recent email scam was circulating the Internet claiming to be from a Nigerian prince. This extortion email began with a false claim that the victim was spending time on adult websites. Then the extortionists supposedly demanded money to “recover” their computer. Depending on the language used, they could ask for a confidential fee, a donation, or something else. These emails were designed to make victims feel uncomfortable and even a bit guilty for engaging in sexual activities. The scammer would ask for $1,350 in Bitcoin to release the computer and restore the information.
It is important to know how to buy bitcoin. If you are unsure how to do so, try searching online for information. If you do decide to pay the ransom, you should send the money within 48 hours or two days of receiving the email. However, if you are still unsure about how to do so, you can always call the police and report the email to the FBI’s IC3 center. If you receive an email from an unfamiliar source, do not hesitate to take action.
Fortunately, there are a lot of steps to take when you receive a scam email. First, make sure you have an active spam filter. Check your emails regularly to make sure they do not contain the latest scams. If you think you have been a victim of an email scam, report the scam to your company’s IT department and to local law enforcement. If your computer is infected with malware or other malicious software, report it to the FBI’s IC3.