There has been a noted increase in the number of sextortion scams during 2019. These scam campaigns are commonly distributed through email, but any method of digital communication can be used to deliver the blackmail threat to the victim.
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The majority of these sextortion scam emails follow a similar template, disclosed earlier this year in a post by MalwareBytes. This email template has been translated into various languages, however some of the templates use different methods to lure victims into believing the scammer.