(NewsReady.com) – Every time there’s a shift in the market, it seems there’s someone plotting and scheming to take advantage of others. It’s no different with the disruptions created by the coronavirus outbreak. Sadly, there’s a new scam going around — and this one is quite disturbing, to say the least.
Fraudsters who buy up email addresses and other user account information in bulk are attempting to blackmail innocent people. They claim the victim has visited shady websites or engaged in illicit activity. Then they say they have access to the person’s webcam or computer. The scammer demands a ransom or else they’ll infect the person and their families with COVID-19.
The FBI noticed this and other scams were increasing so they put out some resources to help people avoid being exploited by criminals.
The #FBI is working with our federal, state, and local partners to quash #COVID19-related fraud. You can help us by reporting suspected coronavirus scams to the #FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://t.co/MWss57C5gI. #COVID19ScamChat https://t.co/lp7WAYTKss
— FBI (@FBI) April 22, 2020
Blackmail is nothing new, but it’s being weaponized in accordance with the times. While the claims of these fraudsters are more far-fetched, it’s at least partially successful because they’re playing on very real fear. If you or someone you know has received an email like this is to report the sender and simply ignore the fraudulent message.
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