We have seen an increase in Sextortion Hoax Scam and Phishing email messages. As a reminder, never respond to those types of messages. Mark those types of messages as phishing then delete the message.
"Sextortion Hoax Scams" are serious, because they have a potential to infect a device with a ransom malware. Please do not respond to these type of messages. Here is some information about this type of scam.
- Sextortion emails include the cyber criminal threatening to release compromising information or material of the recipient to their contacts. They will often include personal information include user names and passwords to further scare the victim. To learn more about this type of threat, see these articles: article 1 and article 2.