Police are aware of extortion emails being sent to members of the community. The email suggests the recipient has been filmed viewing adult content websites and the video will be released to their contact list unless a payment is made using Bitcoin within 50 hours.
What you should do if you receive any type of extortion email?
- Delete the email immediately. These messages are sent at random, so they won’t know if they have reached a live email address or number unless you respond.
- Do NOT respond to these emails. If you do, the scammers will escalate their intimidation and attempts to get your money.
- Never send details or personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust.
- Use spam filters and be cautious when opening emails, especially if there are attachments.
- If you have any concerns, consider updating your account passwords immediately.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.