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FBI warns about online extortion scam

April 25, 2020

Off the Department of Public Safety Facebook feed

The FBI recently put out a warning to the public about an increase in online extortion scams during the current “stay at home” orders due to the COVID-19 crisis.

According to the FBI public service announcement: online extortion schemes vary, but there are a few common indicators of the scam. 

– The online extortion attempt comes as an e-mail from an unknown party and, many times, will be written in broken English with grammatical errors. 

– The recipient’s personal information is noted in the e-mail or letter to add a higher degree of intimidation to the scam. For example, the recipient’s user name or password is provided at the beginning of the e-mail or letter. 

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