Email password scam
MONTPELIER- The attorney general is warning of an email password hacking and extortion scam that is targeting Vermonters.
The AG’s office is receiving increased reports of email extortion scams claiming people have been hacked, and that the scammers have compromising information about them.
The email lists a current or former password you may have used, claims that the sender has access to the computer and webcam, and may claim to have compromising video, pictures or web browsing history. The sender threatens to release this information unless money is sent.
These emails are scams. If anyone receives one of these emails, do not send money. If people find that a current password is listed in the email, it is recommended to change passwords from another computer and run virus scans.
The attorney general’s office is asking for help from the public. By sharing this information it is possible to stop these scams from hurting the community.
For more information or to get help determining if people have been victims of a scam call (800) 649-2424.
Vermonters may sign up to be notified by the attorney general’s office when future scam activity is detected www.uvm.edu/consumer/forms/sign-scam-alerts.