Elliot Greenblott, the Vermont Coordinator for the AARP Fraud Watch Network posted the following warning:
A widespread malicious email campaign is being waged and has appeared in several states. The email is worded as an extortion attempt in which the sender identifies a current or former password followed a threat to divulge compromising photographs taken with the web cam on your computer. The threat demands payment in bit coins within 24 hours. Do not comply with the demand. It has been determined by State and Federal authorities to be a hoax designed to intimidate or scare recipients. File an on-line complaint with the FBI at www.IC3.gov.