Economic Crime Unit investigators are investigating after numerous residents reported to police that they had received an email from an unknown sender who threatened to share their personal photos and videos — which the suspect claims to have allegedly captured through the victims webcam while the victim was visiting adult websites — unless a payment is made to them in Bitcoin.
According to an SPS news release, the email also claims to have access to personal information and passwords and can gain access to the victim’s computer, webcam, social media accounts and their contact list.
If you have received a similar email, police request that you report it immediately to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, adding that the best course of action is to delete it immediately rather than opening it and that under no circumstance should you reply to the email or open any of the links attached.
Saskatoon police are reminding people to safeguard personal information after another email scam spreads across the province.
Investigators with the Saskatoon Police Service Economic Crime Unit have received multiple complaints in recent days.
In a release sent by police explaining the scam, an email from an unknown source is claiming they are in possession of people’s information and passwords. The scammers are claiming that they can get access to the computer, its webcam, social media and contacts.
The scam also details how it has photos and video of the recipients visiting adult websites by gaining access to the webcam.
If the scammer doesn’t receive monetary payment in the form of Bitcoin currency, the email threatens to share the allegedly captured videos and images of the recipient.
Police said not to open the email, click on any links and to delete it immediately. They encourage any threatening messages or emails be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.