Scam Alert from the VT Attorney General’s Office – Email Extortion Scam

An e-mail scam is spreading throughout Vermont, threatening exposure of compromising home video and pictures, unless you pay, usually in Bitcoin.

  • The e-mail claims you have been hacked and may reference a current or former password you may have used.
  • The sender claims that they have access to your computer and webcam and threatens to release embarrassing photos and video unless you send them money.

These e-mails are scams. If you receive one of these e-mails, DO NOT send money. If you find that your current password is listed in the e-mail, change your passwords from another computer and run virus scans.

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We need your help! You can stop these scams from hurting your community by sharing this information with people you know.

Call us at 800-649-2424 if you have questions, concerns, or need help determining if you have been a victim of a scam. Also report these scams to the FBI’s Internet Crime Center at  

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