A recent spate of phishing attacks trying to blackmail people into paying extortion fees to an annonymous address using the untraceable cryptocurrency Bitcoin ( a type of money using numbers rather than printed paper or minted coins ) have been circulating. The nature of these phishing emails can be quite disturbing as they invoke fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD). How can you report this when it suggests you have been involved in abhorent activities? If you tell someone, will they believe you? When mud can stick, who can you trust to know you?
They claim to have so much information on you. With fake news abounding, it would be feasible to actually create content that could make you look guilty even if not.
So how can you protect yourself?
Firstly, don't panic and NEVER respond to the email or send money. As soon as you do, they know they have found a live person who is willing to respond. You will become a target for more attempts to extort money.
Delete the email. You don't want it hanging around where it could play on your mind, or someone else find it and wonder what is going on.
Decide if you want to report it. Googling your local law enforcement should provide an address to which you can report it. If you would prefer, you can forward the email to Pelion and we can advise on a course of action.