email scam - sextortion

If you are one of the recipients of this email, you are part of an email sextortion scam.

I will cut to the chase. I’m aware ********** is your pass word. More to the point, I’m aware about your secret and I’ve proof of this. You do not know me and no one hired me to look into you. 

It’s just your bad luck that I discovered your misdemeanor. The truth is, I actually setup a malware on the adult videos (pornographic material) and you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching video clips, your browser started functioning as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) having a key logger which provided me accessibility to your display screen as well as web camera. Immediately after that, my software program obtained every one of your contacts from your social networks, as well as e-mail. 

After that I put in more time than I should’ve exploring into your life and made a double screen video. 1st part shows the video you had been viewing and next part shows the video from your webcam (its you doing dirty things). 

Honestly, I’m ready to forget details about you and allow you to continue with your regular life. And my goal is to provide you two options which will make it happen. Those two option is either to ignore this letter, or just pay me $5000. Let us understand those two options in more details. 

Option One is to ignore this message. You should know what is going to happen if you take this option. I will definitely send out your video recording to your entire contacts including members of your family, colleagues, and so on. It won’t help you avoid the humiliation your self will must face when relatives and buddies uncover your dirty videos from me. 

Other Option is to pay me $5000. We’ll name this my “confidentiality charges”. Let me tell you what will happen if you pick this path. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll erase the recording immediately. You go on with your life as if nothing like this ever occurred. 

Now you may be thinking, “I will complain to the police”. Let me tell you, I have covered my steps in order that this message can’t be traced back to me and it won’t stop the evidence from destroying your health. I am not looking to break your bank. I just want to be paid for time I put into investigating you. Let’s assume you’ve decided to generate this all disappear completely and pay me the confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know how, search “how to buy bitcoins” in google) 

Required Amount: $5000 
Bitcoin Address to Send: 12aiPDcYqbr*aDJ5jG7jFyvn16Utv9H757j (Remove * from this address and copy and paste it carefully) 

Expalin nobody what you should be using the bitcoin for or they might not give it to you. The method to acquire bitcoins may take a day or two so do not put it off.
I’ve a unique pixel in this message, and right now I know that you have read through this e mail. You have 48 hours in order to make the payment. If I do not receive the Bitcoins, I will, no doubt send out your video to your entire contacts including friends and family, colleagues, and so on. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I will destroy the proof immediately. It is a non negotiable offer, so kindly don’t waste my time & yours. Your time has started. Well, my tracker will be keeping tracking of what action you’re taking when you are done reading this email. Honestly, If you try to act smart I will send out your videotape to your family members, coworkers before time ends.

So how does the perpetrator have your password?

Well, according to security reporter, Bryan Krebs, the perps could have gotten your password through a security breach on websites that you have an account with.

He said:

I suspect that as this scam gets refined, even more, perpetrators will begin using more recent and relevant passwords — and perhaps other personal data that can be found online — to convince people that the hacking threat is real. That’s because there are a number of shady password lookup services online that index billions of usernames (i.e. email addresses) and passwords stolen in some of the biggest data breaches to date.

Bryan also said that the scammer could also have hacked into the database of a newly hacked website, and use it as a tech support scam to get your password.

What should I do if I received such emails?

  • Do not reply to the email and do not click on any links or open any attachments, if any.
  • Change the password for all your online accounts that use the hacked password
  • Paste a sticker on your webcam or switch the webcam off if you are not using.
  • Do not surf porn.
Mark Ko

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