The Central Swiss Police Corps have recently received an increasing number of reports that people are being put under pressure by blackmailers via email. The police advise ignoring and deleting these spam emails.
The Central Swiss Police Corps warn against extortionate spam emails.
The blackmailers ask for $ 1000 to be paid into a Bitcoin wallet.
The mails are written in German.
There should be no reaction to this. Instead, they should be deleted.
If victims have already paid, a report should be made to the police.
In the emails, the recipients are asked in German to pay 1000 US dollars into a Bitcoin wallet. If this blackmail attempt is not complied with, the fraudsters threaten to publish pictures or videos with sexual content of the possible victim and to send them to all contacts. “I have the recording that shows how you satisfy yourself,” it says in the mail. Some people who received the emails known to the police would have responded very well and deleted the emails.
Urs Wigger, spokesman for the Lucerne police, speaks of over a dozen people who reported after the extortion attempt. However, he assumes that many more residents in Central Switzerland have received these emails. According to Wigger, the Central Swiss Police Corps are now going public because they shouldn’t react to this post under any circumstances. “The point is to inform the data subjects that these e-mails can be deleted without anything happening.”
According to Wigger’s knowledge, no one was harmed. Nevertheless, those affected have so far been unsure whether their devices have been hacked or not. Wigger can reassure you: “These e-mails are spam e-mails that are sent in large numbers at random.” If someone has paid the required amount and thus became the victim of fraud, a report should be made to the police.
Tips from the police to protect your privacy:
• Install security updates
• Do not open attachments from unknown senders
• Always be critical when attaching (supposedly) known senders
• Do not allow yourself to be blackmailed under any circumstances and do not transfer any amounts of money, not even in the form of Bitcoins
• Cover the camera when not in use
• Inform those around you about this blackmail method
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