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A new sextor scam is using the cell number of potential victims to send money to criminals. The blackmail appeals to a supposed video in which the user would have been filmed while watching porn videos, and which would be posted on the Internet if payment was not made.

Recording does not actually exist, but the use of real information makes the message more credible, making the victim more likely to give in to blackmail. The format is very similar to the attack reported in July, with the only difference of replacing the hacked password over the phone.

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New sextorso scam uses porn site and cell phone number to blackmail users Photo: Divulgao / FacebookNew sextorso scam uses porn site and cell phone number to blackmail users Photo: Divulgao / Facebook

New sextorso scam uses porn site and cell phone number to blackmail users Photo: Divulgao / Facebook

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Sextorso crimes are characterized by the use of intimate content or an aspect of the victim's sexuality to gain advantages. Most of the time, the request for money, but in many situations the blackmailer demands sexual encounters and graphic materials as a reward.

In this scam, in particular, cybercriminals have apparently discovered a list that links email addresses with phone numbers. According to Naked Security, the site that discovered the new attack, the numbers in the United States always appear with an X replacing five digits. Some readers from other countries reported that cell phones in the UK format came with all digits marked X, except the last four.

The portal also claims that it collected 5,000 samples of the email in a report. In it, the required amounts varied between US $ 100 and US $ 1,000 (about R $ 390 and R $ 3,900, respectively). However, the team later found messages with orders for up to $ 2,900, which is equivalent to approximately R $ 11,350.

Message sent by cybercriminals in sextorso scam Photo: Reproduo / Naked SecurityMessage sent by cybercriminals in sextorso scam Photo: Reproduo / Naked Security

Message sent by cybercriminals in sextorso scam Photo: Reproduo / Naked Security

If you receive such an email, the first thing to do is not to reply to the criminal and not to pay any amount, even if this is useless; even if the blackmailer had the alleged content, you would never know if he actually deleted it or if he will blackmail you again. Furthermore, as these messages are sent en masse, it is almost certain that the video does not exist.

The other security measures are the same as always when browsing the Internet. Do not open emails from unknown senders, let alone click on the links contained. Always have a good antivirus installed and updated on your computer. If you have sensitive content, such as photos or intimate videos, keep the files on an external hard drive and password protected.

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