A new online scam is hitting the web threatening to expose users’ browsing habits unless a fee is paid. The hackers behind the extortion scam are likely bluffing, but the impact on victims could be more damaging than just financial. Dallas counselor Leigh Richardson worries that the fear of humiliation is a trigger that could lead to suicide.
It hits that fear button, it could be enough to make you think, “I’m so stupid, that was so dumb, If anyone finds out it would be easier if I wasn’t even here.”
The scam uses the fear of public embarrassment and humiliation, similar to the Ashley Madison leak from several years ago, where we saw suicides there also.