A WARNING has been issued by Action Fraud – the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau – after several businesses were targeted by scammers.
Businesses reported receiving online extortion demands via email from scammers threatening a cyber attack.
The scammers, who called themselves the ‘RepKiller Team’, demanded payment of between £300 and £500 in Bitcoins by a certain date and time.
They said that if the demands were not met, a cyber attack would be launched against the businesses and their reputation by automating hundreds of negative reviews online.
The emails claimed that once actions have started, they cannot be undone.
Threats should be reported, whether the attack is attempted or successful, by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.