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Just recently there has been a scam going around the Internet where the emailer claims to have proof that you have been on porn sites and unless you pay up they will spill the beans to friends and family. They claim to have proof from your own webcam of your wrongful activities and they want you to know how gullable you are that they think you are sophisticted enough to be able to pay up the ransom requested in BitCoin!
Action Fraud is an online Police website for help and assistance tackle onlne fraud. The provide the following advice it you are targeted:
Do not be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Police advise that you do not pay criminals. Paying the ransom signals that you are vulnerable and you may be targeted again.
Change your password immediately and reset it on other accounts where you have used the same password. Always use strong passwords, different ones for each account.
Wherever possible, enabloe Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) which requires not only a username and password but also something that only you have on you - such as a physical token or the answer to a personal question.
Do not reply to the email back to the fraudsters.
Always keep the anti-virus and operating software up-to-date on all of your computer devices. Regulary update them all!
Disable your webcam if you do not use it on your device or at least cover it when not in use.
If you have received one of these scam emails and paid the fine, report it to your local Police Force. If you have not paid, report it as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the website.