The scam demands the recipient send $1,000 to prevent the hacker from sharing information about pornography used by the person.
SOUTHAMPTON - Police are warning residents about an email scam that attempts to extort money from people.
The scam email tells people their accounts were hacked several months ago and the malware installed has been tracking when the recipient logs into pornographic sites, Southampton Police said.
The email also tells the recipient that the sender has access to their webcam and computer screen, allowing the scammer to send the adult content videos and a webcam of the person watching them to their family, friends, co-workers and Facebook friends, police said.
The scammer demands $1,000 be deposited into a Bitcoin wallet within 48 hours to stop the videos from being shared, police said.
The subject line in the email reads "This account has been hacked! Change your password right now!" police said.
Several people in Southampton have reported receiving the email. Police are advising recipients to delete it immediately.Full article