Email Sextortion Scams Are on the Rise: What to Do If You Get One

Low-tech frauds spiked in 2018, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliant Center (IC3), netting millions for scammers.

Last year, electronic extortion complaints rose 242% to 51,146 reported crimes, with total losses of $83 million.

While the FBI does not break out sextortion from the total number of extortion crimes reported, a spokesperson told CNBC, “The majority of extortion complaints received in 2018 were part of a sextortion campaign in which victims received an email threatening to send a pornographic video of them or other compromising information to family, friends, coworkers, or social network contacts if a ransom was not paid.”

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