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Sextortion scam threatens to expose your porn watching habits

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WISN) -

An old scam with a new twist is landing in inboxes.

People across the state have reported to authorities that they've received emails that claim to have their password. The email warns that malicious software has been installed on the the computer to hack the web camera and that footage has been recorded of the user watching pornography.

The email threatens to distribute the footage if the recipient doesn't pay up. In the recent cases, the "sextortionists" are asking for $1,000 in Bitcoin.

It's all a scam.

Officials with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, the Port Washington Police Department and the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center have all issued warnings. The scammers are lying and do not actually have footage of computer users, officials say.

"You just have to use common sense. Don't get trapped into, 'Oh there's my password, oh there's my name,'" said Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt. "If you don't know for sure what you're clicking on, don't do it. Call an IT professional or call the office of the sheriff or the local police agency. Report it so we can deal with it."

Experts say the scammers likely have old passwords from a data breach that happened nearly a decade ago.

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