A new report suggests that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, porn sites see a surge in traffic, leading to sextortion and porn-related scams.

On September 16, SocialCatfish.com released its report conducted during the pandemic. The report used data from Pornhub, Better Business Bureau, and FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Porn Traffic
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, porn sites see a surge in traffic.

On February 24, before staying home orders were announced, Pornhub’s traffic decreased slightly (.7%). On March 17, the site saw a 6.4% increase. By July 10, the figure rose to 20.1%.

This significant increase has been noticed by scam artists who are trying to take advantage.

There are three types of scams that have been done. The first one is a “Sextortion blackmail email,” where victims receive emails from scammers. In these emails, these scammers warn that they have installed in the victims' computer malware that can track the type of porn they are viewing. The victims are told that they have been recorded watching porn. Scammers then ask the victims to send them thousands of dollars or they would release the video to the phone contacts of the victims.

Porn Related Scams
This significant increase has been noticed by scam artists who are trying to take advantage.

The second type is the “Premium girls Venmo scam.” With this scam, the scammers and the victims are matched on dating apps. The scammers will then tell the victims to follow their social media accounts like Snapchat. After the victims add the scammers on Snapchat, they will be told that since it is a premium account, they will need to send money via Venmo to see explicit pictures.

The last type is a “Minor scam.” With this, the scammers will pretend to be young girls and go on dating apps to match with men, saying that they are older than 18 years old. After the matching process is complete, they will then tell the victims that they are only 16 years old. After that, they will create a fake phone number and calls the victims, pretending to be the father of the girl. They threaten the victims, saying they will call the cops if the victims don’t send them money.

 

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