Email Extortion Scam: Have You Heard About Pegasus?
At 43,101 reported cases, the FBI 2019 Internet Crime Report places extortion in the top three most common internet scams. Better Business Bureau of North Alabama would like to warn the public about a recent email extortion scam, “Have You Heard About Pegasus?”
In this scenario, the scammer is attempting to trick individuals into thinking their computer or phone is infected with malware and then threatens to make their personal data public. However, this is a scammer’s tactic of blackmailing victims into sending them payment in Bitcoin.