Internet Security 101

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Blackmail Email Scam

blackmail email scam

There is a scam out there where scammers send out emails to you saying that they’ve hacked into your computer and have recorded you through your very own webcam while you were watching porn. They threaten to send the video out to everyone on your social media and email contact lists if you don’t meet their demands and send them an amount of money such as the equivalent of $350 in Bitcoin.

If you receive one of these emails take a deep breath and do not worry. It is nothing more than a phishing scam attempting to scare you into paying the ransom to the scammers.

Had the scammers actually installed malware onto your computer and captured video of you in a compromising position while watching porn as they claimed they would send you proof. For example, they might send you a screenshot of you doing you know what in an attempt to scare you into paying the ransom that they demand.

There seems to be many, many variations of the email that people are receiving from these scammers but here is one of emails.

Good day,

If you had been more careful while caressing yourself, I wouldn’t worry you. I don’t think that playing with yourself is very bad, but when all your colleagues, relatives and friends get a video recording of it – it is definitely bad for you.

I placed malicious software on a website for adults (with porn) which was visited by you. When the target taps on a play button, your device starts recording the screen and all cameras on your device begin to work.

Moreover, my program allows a remote desktop connection with keylogger function from the device, so I could collect all contacts from your e-mail, messengers and other social networks. I’m writing on this e-mail cuz it’s your working address, so you must check it.

I suppose that three hundred twenty usd is good enough for this little misstep. I made a split screen video (recorded from your screen (u have interesting tastes ) and camera ooooooh… its awful AF)

So it’s your choice. If you want me to erase this compromising evidence, use my Bitcoin wallet address: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX You have one day after opening my message; I put a special tracking pixel in it, so when you will open it I will see. If you want me to show you the proofs, reply to this message and I will send my creation to five contacts that I got from your contacts.

P.S. You can try to complain to the police, but I don’t think that they can help, the investigation will last for 5 month- I’m from Ukraine – so I dgf lmao

What to do if you receive one of these scam emails

If you receive one of these emails simply ignore it not paying the ransom to the scammers whatever you do. In fact, don’t engage with the scammers in any way. Report the email as spam if it gets past your spam filters.

Additional Resources

Here are some links with additional information on this scam including actual emails that potential victims have received from the scammers.

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