Yorkshire police warning over emails which send your real password to you and demand money

Police have issued a warning about a scam which sends your real password to you and demands money - or threatens to release a video of you apparently accessing adult material.

North Yorkshire issued the warning over the scam, which uses a successful attempt to get your password to threaten you with the release of non-existent video footage.

The email states: "I do know, [PASSWORD HERE], is your pass word.

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"I need your complete attention for the coming Twenty-four hrs, or I will certainly make sure you that you live out of embarrassment for the rest of your lifetime.

Police in North Yorkshire have issued this scam warning

"Hello there, you do not know me. But I know nearly anything concerning you. Your current facebook contact list, mobile phone contacts plus all the virtual activity on your computer from past 196 days.

"And this includes, your video footage, which brings me to the main motive why I am writing this specific email to you.

"Well the previous time you went to the material web sites, my malware was triggered inside your personal computer which ended up saving a lovely video of your self pleasure play simply by activating your cam (you got a tremendously strange preference btw lol)

"I have got the full recording. If, perhaps you feel I 'm playing around, just reply proof and I will be forwarding the particular recording randomly to 3 people you recognize.

"Will you be capable to gaze into anyone's eyes again after it? I doubt that...

"Nonetheless, it does not have to be that way. I would like to make you a one time, no negotiable offer.

"Purchase USD 2000 in bitcoin and send it on the listed below address"

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: "We’ve seen an increase in phishing emails stating you have been viewing adult material and they have your passwords and footage.

"THIS IS A SCAM DO NOT PAY THEY DON'T HAVE FOOTAGE but change your passwords immediately. Find latest @NCSC password guidance at ncsc.gov.uk"

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