Police warn of email scam

July 14, 2018

A phony email circulating among Teton County inboxes claims that a hacker has taken control of the recipient’s personal computer through a porn website. Police are warning the public to not engage with such scammers.

“Be smart in your online activities and properly secure your computers from attack,” Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz said.

In at least one of the emails, a scammer had a victim’s username for a bank account. The scam attempts to blackmail the recipient by claiming to have obtained access to the person’s computer after the person allegedly visited an adult website.

“I actually installed a malware on the adult video clips (adult porn) website and you know what, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean),” the email states.

The hacker asks the victim for $2,900, saying it’s a “fair price tag for the little secret.” They ask for payment via Bitcoin and demand it be sent within a day. Police said such email scams are common and that if you receive one, report it to IC3.gov, which is the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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