NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander
New York State Police at Oneonta has received several reports of email scams using scare tactics. Please do not fall for them!
The email scam demands the person who receives the email to pay a Bitcoin ransom in order to keep alleged sexually explicit videos from being sent to all the contacts in the person’s email and social media contacts. The email contains personal information, sometimes the complainant’s password or a password similar to their actual password.
These emails are fake, do not send any money. In most cases, ignore the email and change the password to your account. Do not open any links that you are not familiar with.
If you have lost money in an scam, contact the New York State Police or your local law enforcement.