Here is a pretty decent cyber blackmail scam that can probably get the best of folks.
It is in a form of a blackmail via email stating they infected your PC, stole your personal info and recorded you on your webcam and for proof they provide a real password you have actually used (or still do).
The blackmail comes into play as they are requesting you pay them via bitcoin or else they will send out the webcam recorded video(s) and all personal information. **DON’T FALL FOR THIS SCAM**
Yes, it is a real password that they include in the subject line along with “save you” verbiage. It truly is a password that you may have used and probably tied to the email account your receiving the email to.
But how did they get your info? Easy, with all the data breaches that have happened in the past several years, our data, including passwords have been leaked into the dark-web for crappy folks to buy and try to use and take advantage of folks just like this.
They are leveraging old data to promote fear into falling for the scam. Do note, if you still use the password they listed in the email for ANYTHING, go and change any accounts that are still using that password just for best practice.
So we want to provide this information to protect yourself. Here is the word for word mailing that you may receive. Hoping you are finding this from searching, ultimately protecting yourself from these malicious folks who are too lazy to work for the money.
The actual letter text:
Hi, I know one of your passwords is: <real password you have used at one time>
Your computer was infected with my private malware, your browser wasn’t updated / patched, in such case it’s enough to just visit some website where my iframe is placed to get automatically infected, if you want to find out more – Google: “Drive-by exploit”.
My malware gave me full access to all your accounts (see password above), full control over your computer and it also was possible to spy on you over your webcam. <note I don’t have webcam so easy scam flag alert>
I collected all your private data and I RECORDED YOU (through your webcam) SATISFYING YOURSELF!
After that I removed my malware to not leave any traces and this email was sent from some hacked server.
I can publish the videos of you and all your private data on the whole web, including the darknet, where the very sick people are, social networks, over email of all contacts.
But you can stop me and only I can help you out in this situation.
Transfer exactly 800$ in bitcoin (BTC).
It’s a very good offer, compared to all that horrible shit that will happen if I publish everything!
You can easily buy bitcoin here: www.paxful.com , www.coingate.com , www.coinbase.com , or check for bitcoin ATM near you, or Google for other exchanger.
You can send the bitcoin directly to my wallet, or create your own wallet first here: www.login.blockchain.com/en/#/signup/ , then receive and send to mine.
My bitcoin wallet is: 18jZzWe4Wv4mUNm93rj……. <removed>
Copy and paste my wallet, it’s (cAsE-sEnSEtiVE)
I give you 3 days time to pay.
As I got access to this email account, I will know if this email has already been read.
If you get this email multiple times, it’s to make sure that you read it, my mailer script is configured like this and after payment you can ignore it.
After receiving the payment, I will remove everything and you can life your live in peace like before.
Sorry, next time update your browser before browsing the web!
These emails will come from random, temporary email address with fake info so it doesn’t really help to try to block the email addresses they are using.
If you have any questions or have received other deceptive emails, let us know by contacting us. We will be happy to post them to give warning to consumers.
Let us know if you have been receiving these (or similar ones) in the comments below.