People in Gedling borough targeted by sick cyber scam claiming they’ve been filmed watching porn

The criminals say these images will be sent to your contacts list unless the demanded fee is handed over. 

People in Gedling borough are being targeted by a sick cyber scam that tricks you into thinking you’ve been filmed watching porn by fraudsters hacking your webcam.

They then follow this up with a demand for money. The criminals say these images will be sent to your contacts list unless the demanded fee is handed over.

What often makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. Police are saying they believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

Gedling Eye was alerted to the scam after a reader received one of the emails and alerted us about this latest scam doing the rounds.

The reader, who didn’t wish to be named, told us: “I don’t look at adult sites but was still worried what they would send out to my contacts. Could they have doctored images? A number of my business contacts are on my phone and PC and I was terrified about what they would receive.

He added: “I came close to thinking about paying the sum demanded but thought better after seeing people were being targeted.”

What to do if you get one of these emails?

Scam-busters Action Fraud are advising people not to reply to the email, or be pressured into paying.



The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times.

Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA).

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Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

A spokesman for Action Fraud said: “If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to Nottinghamshire Police.

Can I found out if my online accounts have been hacked?

You can check if you’ve been hacked, often called being “pwned”, and bolster your account security by following these simple steps.

The most popular site for checking if your email address, and other accounts tied to it, has been hacked is Have I Been Pwned.

Here you can safely enter your email address and the site will check it against multiple data breach incidents.

he site only asks for your email address, so you don’t need to worry about handing over passwords and other sensitive info.

Just enter your email into the search bar, and click the “pwned?” button next to it.

The results will then appear on the corresponding page.

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