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Criminals target Snapchat users in extortion scam that threatens to reveal their private photos

Scammers are now targeting people on the popular picture sharing app. 


Action Fraud have received over 300 reports since January about Snapchat accounts being compromised as a result of users being tricked into handing over 2FA (two-factor authentication) codes to criminals. In some cases, the victims are then extorted for money with the threat of having their private photos shared publicly.


  • Don't respond to messages that ask for your login details or 2FA codes. These can be used to compromise your accounts
  • Use the report function within Snapchat to flag spam messgaes, or accounts that may have been hacked 
  • If you have been a victim of extortion, or attempted extortion, please report it to your local police force