Even computer users in Door County are experiencing a nationwide trend that is only growing bigger as people become more connected. Sextortion occurs when someone blackmails you by threatening to distribute private or sensitive information in exchange for money or other favors. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliant Center, over 51,000 cases were reported last year while costing victims $83 million. Since many sextortion cases start with a threatening email, Erin Helgeson from Quantum PC says you should first determine if it is credible before taking additional steps.
Helgeson says they have encountered a handful of sextortion incidences in recent months. To protect yourself, she suggests you practice safe browsing habits and keep passwords up to date.