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Blackmail email threatens to publish explicit images

6 March 2018

Criminals are sending out emails to blackmail people with ‘intimate images’. These private images will be published if recipients fail to pay € 500 within five days.

The amount must be transferred to a Bitcoin account.  Here’s an example of the email (click to enlarge):

The tone and the language of these messages are intimidating. The sender threatens to publish the images immediately if the recipient files a report with the police.

Our advice
Don’t pay! Many reports have come in to Fraud Help Desk about these particular emails. The story in them is fake. Any money you pay will go straight into the pockets of these online con artists.