'Sextortion': The porn scam targeting New Zealanders

Netsafe is warning Kiwis to be careful of a scam claiming to have filmed them using porn websites.

"The scammer falsely claims to have hacked into their device and recorded intimate recordings of people using porn websites," it says.

"The email threatens to release the video to their personal contacts unless the victim pays them."

In some versions of this scam the email header also includes the victim's password for their online accounts.

The scammer demands that they send a payment (often as Bitcoin) to the scammer - and Netsafe urges New Zealanders not to respond or send any payments to the scammer.

"It is likely that your password and email account may have been collected in one of the numerous data leaks that have occurred to major online services," Netsafe says.

"If you have engaged in an intimate web chat where you think you may have been filmed and now they are threatening to release the footage, visit our sextortion page for more advice."

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