In its Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI, the Confederation warns of the fake sextortion scam.
Blackmailers claim in an email that they have access to computers and the webcam and threaten, if no ransom is paid, to send personal pictures and videos with sexual content to all contacts. As a means of pressure, they often provide a password from a data dump, which is outdated and mostly no longer in use.
Meanwhile, various other variants are applied to reinforce the extortion:
In both examples, the victim is asked to pay the ransom with Bitcoins. These extortion emails are sent in different languages. Criminals have used this scam to obtain Bitcoins worth around CHF 360,000 in the last six months.
We recommend you to check if and which of your data has already been leaked by a data leak. You can easily determine this with the Firefox Monitor.
Furthermore, we recommend the website stop-sextortion.ch, launched by the authorities, where you can find more information and report fake sextortion emails.