For Immediate Release
April 24, 2020
Brandon H. Garod, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
(603) 271-1217 | firstname.lastname@example.org
James Boffetti, Associate Attorney General
(603) 271-0302 | email@example.com
Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald urges all New Hampshire residents to be aware of a recent uptick in reported cases of an email scam commonly referred to as the "Sexploitation Scam."
During the past week, New Hampshire residents have reported receiving emails from scammers containing a current or former password in the subject line. The scammers use the recipients' passwords to create the impression that they have hacked into their computer and gained control of their webcam.
The emails inform the recipients that the scammers have recorded the recipient visiting pornographic websites. The emails threaten to send the videos to the recipients' phone and Facebook contacts unless the recipients purchases $2,000 in bitcoin and transfers the funds to the scammer within 24 hours. It is unclear at this time how the scammers obtain recipients' passwords.
The "Sexploitation Scam" has existed in various forms for several years. Anyone receiving similar emails should be aware that the email is a scam. All New Hampshire residents are urged to take the following precautions:
Contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline to report a scam:
New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301