There has been a sharp increase in the incidence of emails or messages on social media threatening to expose the recipient to everybody in their contacts list, for viewing pornographic online content unless a fee is paid.
Here’s a real example:
There are variations of these mass emails, which often contain poor grammar and spelling and are sent randomly. Some will be less specific alluding to having captured images of them doing some ‘pretty naughty things’ leaving the activity undefined.
Some will include a link to samples of these compromising information, but when you click on the link instead the link contains malware which gives access to your contact list.