How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam

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“I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else. You can ignore this letter, or pay me a $8600 confidentiality fee in Bitcoin”.

It’s enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine, but these chilling words are part of a new scam targeting men.

Here’s how it works. Scammers have been sending letters to men, demanding payments using bitcoin in exchange for keeping quiet about alleged affairs. The letter also explains how to use bitcoin to make the payment.

This is a criminal extortion attempt to separate people from their money.

If you — or someone you know — gets a letter like this, report it immediately to your local police, and the FBI.

Threats, intimidation and high-pressure tactics are classic signs of a scam. Learn how to stay ahead of clever crooks with these practical tips, and check out the ways you can keep your personal information secure.

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I received this today: (I have never visited porn sites, so I doubt whether they are really monitoring my activities.)

Hello nicolene@

My nickname in darknet is demetre97.
I'll begin by saying that I hacked this mailbox (please look on 'from' in your header) more than six months ago,
through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time.

Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my virus intercepted all the caching data on your computer
and automatically saved access for me.

I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history.
Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos.

I was most struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit.
You have a very wild imagination, I tell you!

During your pastime and entertainment there, I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching.
Oh my god! You are so funny and excited!

I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right?
If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $500 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.

Send the above amount on my bitcoin wallet: 1MN7A7QqQaAVoxV4zdjdrnEHXmjhzcQ4Bq
As soon as the above amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted, I do not need it.

Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device.
Also, I'll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!

Since reading this letter you have 48 hours!
After your reading this message, I'll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter.

I hope I taught you a good lesson.
Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don't enter your passwords anywhere!
Good luck!

I got the exact same email, only it was from hansiain16. Otherwise the wording is exact.

I got the exact same email today sent to me from what appeared to be my own email address. I quickly changed my password. However as it was sent straight to my spam folder I'm guessing its just a clever phishing email disguised as my own email address.

I got the exact email Oct 18 2018.

Got the exact message yesterday, sent it to FTC.

Got this today using my email address - on a bit more investigation the actual sending address is:
user@ ec2-3-0-116-8. ap-southeast-1. compute. amazonaws. com I have contacted abuse@ amazonaws. com and got a reporter no. Wait to see how this unfolds....

You can help law enforcement. Report to the FBI at www.FBI.gov/contact-us.

I also received this identical email, glad it isn’t just me!

I received almost word for word same email only things changed is DarknetDes56 and amount of money and bitcoin account.

I received an extortion email, obviously (from the wording) received from the very same person. The same person indicated he had gone into my files and deleted some of them. Which indeed had happened. The files were deleted or reduced to gibberish. He used a password that appears to have been used on a site I accessed. I don't really care if he tells everyone on the planet that I visited the site, but I don't want him hacking into my computer and deleting files. I updated my virus and malware software. He said he'd left a back door to get back into the computer, but that is probably BS. He undoubtedly got the password through a hacking or a security breach. What bothers me is that he went in and deleted or wrecked files, but remained silent then for a long period. Was he probably looking for material to use for the blackmail attempt?

I've got nearly the exact same message. End of october 2018 Something needs to be done about these hackers.

I get it 16th of November 2018 its true that this person can delate some of my dokuments?

I received one yesterday on my work email in Zambia and so did a couple of colleagues at work. I immediately contacted our IT dept and they blocked the sender and sent word to all staff. It was obviously distressing as I initially thought I was being stalked especially as I’m a woman.

I got this email today and am a female and I never went to any adult sights.

These scams are just the latest in a long list. Just ignore them. Various big websites have been hacked in the past, and that login data can be purchased online. What this scum does is simply buy that data, and then spam generic emails to everyone on that list in the hopes that some will pay them. But besides the login data they purchased, you'll notice they can't actually offer you anything specific. If they had something on you, don't you think they would start with that to get your attention? Don't fall for it. And don't let scum like this tarnish blockchain or cryptocurrency technologies, which are well worth looking into.

I received the same email asking for $7000 today.

I had a similar scam email. I don't even own a webcam and I went to a proxy email and was gonna respond to the scammer to scare him/her saying my friends and associates are aware that if the scammer does this move they will come to his house and break his legs and smash his computer. And I told the scammer I know who he is. Email got an error saying it could not be delivered. Is a fake email addy.

Received the same email yesterday in Canada to an @..... .ca account. They had my Facebook login email address and recent Facebook password. Luckily the email account has a different password. Changed Facebook password again just to make sure.

I received the same threats today "Ontario" Scary people.

I received the same type of email today: Hello!
My nickname in darknet is bartlet56. I hacked this mailbox more than six months ago, through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time. Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my virus intercepted all the caching data on your computer and automatically saved access for me. I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history. Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos. I was most struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit. You have a very wild imagination, I tell you! During your pastime and entertainment there, I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching. Oh my god! You are so funny and excited! I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right? If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $861 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created. Send the above amount on my BTC wallet bitcoin): 1EZS92K4xJbymDLwG4F7PNF5idPE62e9XY As soon as the above amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted, I do not need it. Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device. Also, I'll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it! Since reading this letter you have 48 hours!
After your reading this message, I'll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter. I hope I taught you a good lesson. Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don't enter your passwords anywhere! Good luck!

LPC:
I got the same message today! Minus the username; that was different.

I received that same email yesterday, but with a different user name des53 demanding bit coin as well!

I got an email from this same username (des53) today

I've got email from des53 on October,24th 2018 too.

What did you do after reading that letter?

You can use the link in this blog to report to the FBI at www.FBI.gov/contact-us.

Today I received the same type of E-mail. It was sent to my spam box but not to the sent box . In the heading it had my e- mail address along with my password. Essentially, they were wanting - $900 in bit coin within 48 hours. I then checked my internet security to see if my hacking protection was activated and it was. There were no threats found. I do not do any on -line banking or buy from Amazon. I think it is a sham trying to scare people. When I first got my computer, I put tape over the camera because just so hackers wouldn't be able to watch my every move .I don't watch porn or anything offensive, so it would be rather dull.

I got exactly the same email with the same Bitcoin number. Glad to hear this isnt a real threat - sounds more like phishing to me...

I got the same message twice this week. My nickname is darknet. Etc. second email was asking for for less money.

As worrying as it is seeing my actual password, I strongly believe this is ALL they have, grabbed from some other hack someplace else in the past, or bought from some list somewhere. Imagine if they really had the power they say they have, able to "look" at your entire computer and follow every key stroke... I'm pretty sure these "oh-so-clever" hackers would simply log in to my bank account or PayPal account (and multiple other victims' accounts at the same time, in one concerted effort) and easily forward all the money there to their own account, then make off into the sunset. Far easier than asking for random arbitrary amounts via bitcoin.

I received the same message. The problem is they were able to get one of my previous passwords. I think they are using the info from an earlier big data breach. Anyone from Canada?

I received the same email today. Yes, they had an old password that I used for a Cineplex Odeon account to buy on line tickets. Did you buy tickets recently as well? I'm in Toronto.

I got the exact same thing today and honestly, it sent me nuts. The email address they used was MY email address?!?! The password they mentioned wasn’t the password to my account, but it has relevance to my life; it’s a nickname for a friend. I’m really and truly freaked out. Contacting Microsoft tomorrow and then the police if I feel the need. I’m sure it’s all a scam, but it’s bad.

I received this same email and was most concerned that the email was from ME. It was in my Sent folder (as well as my spam folder). I contacted my email provider and they said that someone logged into my email account with my credentials and sent the email. I was hoping that it was truly a spam email but now I have been told that I was indeed hacked. I am following this thread wondering if everyone also sees their own email address in the From field and if the email also appears in their Sent folder. The password that was mentioned in the email was an old one, but I now feel like they had the current password as well :(

Me too got similar email, from My own address and addressed to myself. I didn't bother as I knew that I have set-up Two Factor Authentication (Google Authenticator) with my email host. That means, even if I have to login to my email from another computer, I can't do it just with my username and password, it must be authenticated with google authenticator. Of course you have to worry, if you found the same email in your sent box, that's shows your email was hacked. Best change your password and enable Two Factor Authentication if your email service provider have the feature.

Omg.... I am glad it is not just me I had two of these emails this morning! One saying from fransisco73 asking for $891 and one from fitzgerald59 asking for $879.... said I had 48hours to respond and to pay that amount into their bitcoin wallet! Needless to say I will be reporting this to the police!

Got the same too on friday oct. 19.

To anyone’s knowledge, has the criminal followed up on the threats?

I am also a victim of a letter mailed to my home address. I paid $7400 in bitcoin hoping that this would go away – and now they are demanding $1000 a month.

I have done things that I am not proud of but since reconciled with my wife. I was desperate for her not to see these details and that’s why I paid. I had not come across this site until now and will report

Same with me. I fell for the scam and paid like $8500 to make it all go away. I’m not proud of what I did or claiming innocence. I made mistakes but feel like I’ve been accountable for them. They came back demanding $1000 a month just recently. After I ignored that letter they came back with another much more aggressive / well written letter. It demanded another $8500 if I didn’t pay within a few days. Claiming everything would be released to the public about how I paid to keep things secret. That they would blast to the press and friends and family etc. I don’t know what to do. I’m honestly scared. I’ve made mistakes. And feel incredibly stupid. But I don’t want my life to blow up. Does anyone know anything more? Any help would be appreciated. I feel alone. Embarrassed. Ashamed. Sick to my stomach. Regretful. Sorry. Confused. Like I said any advice would be appreciated.

I got the same email yesterday - sent cold shivers down my spine -even though my browsing history would bore most people senseless !! Scary and nasty

I have also received the same email

I've received a similar threat except the username and amount was different but otherwise it was very similar to other examples here

I just got this. I am a female and have nothing to hide. What concerns me is that they claimed to have the password for my email account and actually provided me the email i was using last year - it was correct! i changed it a long time ago, but freaks me out a bit that they had my old password... how on earth did they get that?

Hi
I GOT the same email on 19 and 20 by two different people asking for different amounts. I live in the UK they be getting nothing I looked at software downloaded on my laptop driver booster 6 has anyone else downloaded this free driver software as it may be the source of the problem.

Men/Women are a victim of this scam.
My LinkedIn Account was hacked. They emailed me about porn, webcam videos and sending to ALL my contacts. I was to give them 3000 through Bitcoin. And, that reporting it to the police would do no good, etc.

You can report to the FBI at www.FBI.gov/contact-us.

I received exactly the same - I am in the north east of England. Is this email targeting multiple countries?

It's interesting i do the reverse, i will never let someone hold me hostage and extort money. You pay, they will be back for more money. I had to hold myself back from telling him off, because i was wanting blood.

I just got this from my own email address. They are getting clever.

Hello!
I'm a hacker who cracked your email and device a few months ago. You entered a password on one of the sites you visited, and I intercepted it. This is your password from (MY EMAIL) on moment of hack: ***** Of course you can will change it, or already changed it. But it doesn't matter, my malware updated it every time. Do not try to contact me or find me, it is impossible, since I sent you an email from your account. Through your email, I uploaded malicious code to your Operation System. I saved all of your contacts with friends, colleagues, relatives and a complete history of visits to the Internet resources. Also I installed a Trojan on your device and long tome spying for you.
You are not my only victim, I usually lock computers and ask for a ransom. But I was struck by the sites of intimate content that you often visit. I am in shock of your fantasies! I've never seen anything like this! So, when you had fun on piquant sites (you know what I mean!) I made screenshot with using my program from your camera of yours device. After that, I combined them to the content of the currently viewed site. There will be laughter when I send these photos to your contacts! BUT I'm sure you don't want it. Therefore, I expect payment from you for my silence. I think $808 is an acceptable price for it! Pay with Bitcoin.
My BTC wallet: 1JTtwbvmM7ymByxPYCByVYCwasjH49J3Vj
If you do not know how to do this - enter into Google "how to transfer money to a bitcoin wallet". It is not difficult. After receiving the specified amount, all your data will be immediately destroyed automatically. My virus will also remove itself from your operating system. My Trojan have auto alert, after this email is read, I will be know it! I give you 2 days (48 hours) to make a payment. If this does not happen - all your contacts will get crazy shots from your dark secret life! And so that you do not obstruct, your device will be blocked (also after 48 hours) Do not be silly!
Police or friends won't help you for sure ... p.s. I can give you advice for the future. Do not enter your passwords on unsafe sites. I hope for your prudence. Farewell.

I got the exact same email. 3 in the last few days all spoofed as my own email account, the first 2 had Passwords, they got from a data breech, though I don't remember what they were for, the last one didn't have a password, so I guess they ran out

I had the exact same email today, filtered in to my spam folder. The wording was the same from start to finish, with the difference obviously being the email address and password.

It is a very old password for me, maybe 2 years old, and I have changed computers since then. The username on the top of the email is also nothing to do with this email account. Also, they say they sent it from my email account, but my spam filter must have been too good for their email spoofing, because it has a different address.

I don't have a webcam, and if you notice, there are really no details in the email linking it to you other than the email address/password. Nothing to jump out and say "look at this proof of your online activities".

I run virus/malware scans often, and nothing has been found. This is 100% a phishing scam email. Do not send any money, and do not reply from your email account. Set up a fake account if you feel the need to reply. If you pay, they will ask for more. If you reply, they will know your email account is active and target you more. I wouldn't even bother reporting it to police since it will go nowhere.

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