This morning, I received an email from a scrambled Outlook email address that claimed they had explicit recordings of me and to pay them Bitcoin. Their proof? A password of mine from a few years ago. They’d probably acquired it in one of the numerous database leaks that happen all the time. Here’s the message with sensitive information removed:
I do know, [OMITTED], is your password. You do not know me and you're most likely thinking why you are getting this mail, right? In fact, I actually setup a malware on the adult vids (sexually graphic) site and do you know what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching video clips, your internet browser began functioning as a RDP (Remote Desktop) with a keylogger which provided me with accessibility to your screen and cam. Immediately after that, my software gathered all of your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and email. What exactly did I do? I created a double-screen video. First part shows the video you were watching (you've got a nice taste lol . . .), and next part displays the recording of your webcam. What should you do? Well, in my opinion, $3900 is a fair price tag for our little secret. You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google). BTC Address: [OMITTED] (It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it) Note: You have one day in order to make the payment. (I've a special pixel within this e mail, and now I know that you have read through this email). If I don't get the BitCoins, I will, no doubt send your video to all of your contacts including close relatives, coworkers, and so on. Nonetheless, if I receive the payment, I will destroy the video immidiately. If you need evidence, reply with "Yes!" and I definitely will send out your video to your 12 friends. It is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not waste my personal time and yours by responding to this e mail.
There are a few things wrong here, which is why I immediately knew it was scam.
- A keylogger records keystrokes, it doesn’t provide people with the ability to look at my screen and webcam. There are methods to gain access to these, but it is not called a keylogger.
- I don’t have a webcam.
- Browsers do not have the authority to share my desktop.
- I don’t use Messenger or Facebook.
- I have 2 friends on my Facebook account, not 12.
- Numerous spelling mistakes all throughout the email.
- The generic mention of “adult vids”. Yeah, sorry. No.
But I do have to wonder how many others fell for, and do fall for this kind of scam. Always make sure your antivirus is up to date, use common sense, and make sure you keep your passwords updated.
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