BBB: Beware of new email scam called "sextortion"

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The Better Business Bureau has a warning this morning about a new email scam called "sextortion."

They say the scammer will send you an email claiming to have pictures or videos of you watching pornography or engaging in some other compromising activities.

The email may also include personal information, including your email password, obtained through major security breaches.

The scammer will demand payment in exchange for not sending embarrassing images to your contacts.

The Better Business Bureau says that threat is almost always an empty one and that the scammer has no such images.

If you get an email like this, you can report it to the FBI and on the Better Business Bureau's scam tracker website.

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