Scammers are carrying out sextortion cybercrimes during the coronavirus lockdown which involve blackmailing victims into sending payments.
Sextortion is a lesser-known type of online harassment which involves perpetrators threatening to use personal intimate images or footage to force the victim into complying with their demands.
Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting service for fraud and financially-motivated cybercrime, has received 9,473 reports of a sextortion fraudulent phishing racket in April alone with 200 reports made in the last week.
Phishing refers to sending out emails which falsely claim to come from established firms in a bid to trick people into mistakenly divulging private information like passwords or credit card details.
The fraudulent phishing racket which involves sextortion was first spotted by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau in July 2018 but carries on being reported to Action Fraud in large numbers.