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 just got one of those blackmail emails. Very disturbing.

I'm getting crypto spam emails to my HP printer...I've received 2 in the past 24 hours, making it 3 total in the past week. Not sure how to stop this.

I just got an email similar to what BonT reported a few posts above.

The email mentions my webcam. Problem is, I don't own a webcam. The whole email is a lie.

I received the same spam, threatening to use my pastime of watching porn, if I don’t pay in bitcoin. What concerns me is that they have an old password. This site advises to inform local police and FBI, has anyone had any success reporting similar blackmail spam to the authorities.

I am a female and I just lost over 10,000.00 in this scam I'm not sure what to do or how to go about filling a complaint. All o know is that I feel very dumb at this time. I'm seriously in alot of debt behind this. Feeling like i am about the have a nervous breakdown or heart attack. Please help me some directions, thank you in advance.

I received this type of e-mail twice. The first was to my personal e-mail and I was worried until I realized the only two computers that I have watched adult content on, do not have webcams. I just received another one on my work e-mail. I was worried at first because my work e-mail should not be out there. Glad I looked this up to ease my nerves. My e-mail was the I made a video of your face and then the website you were looking at, send me bitcoin or else, and that there is no sense trying to track me down because I sent it from your e-mail. Thanks everyone for the comments.

The email password that Mohamed Moore used in the subject line contained my first and last name with the password I set up using my work computer for an on-line account @ Sears. I haven't used this password or the on-line Sears account for the last several years. This Mohamed character threatened to release a porno video that he said I made, and if I didn't send him $976 through Bitcoin in the next day, he would release this video to 7 of my friends, my family members and coworkers.
The email was very poorly written and he claims that the email he sent cannot be traced to him, "so don't bother going to the cops." He told me to send $976 by using bitcoin BTC address:
1Y7gQ8MyTjKavtXjJWWMFCK6myMGWgo1Y
If I send the money he'll erase the video, and if I don't then he sends out the video and my life will be over and nothing but shame will follow me the rest of my days.
I filed a complaint with my local FBI internet crime complaint center. Save a copy of the email scam because you cannot attach a copy to the FBI's complaint form.
I checked out bitcoin's website but didn't find any place to register a complaint. With so many scammers using bitcoin to channel funds why would anyone trust this digital currency?
What's bitcoin doing to prevent the scammers from using their site to channel their fraudulent funds?

I also received that scam emil and I had to laugh because it said they had a webcam video of me which they linked to a porn site. Thing is...I don't have a web cam!
Jokes on them.

This scam is pathetic. I did a trace on the email, and it came from Mexico. It was not sent from my server, the scammer simply put my email address in the "from" line. When the details were put onscreen, the actual email address of the scammer wa plainly seen. When I went directly to my server, the scammer email had not been sent from it. A pathetically lame scam. Unfortunately, I'm sure some fell for it.

I've gotten these email too! How was this problem solved? do you still receive the emails

it's an old and tired scam, no one has a video of you and no one has hacked your system and accounts. passwords are old and probably available on the internet or were leaked a very long time ago. emails are most likely originated from Russia and the best action is just to ignore and delete them. i guaranty nothing will happen if you do that. Also don't reply to the email.
Finally, change your emails frequently and make them hard to guess, use long complicated passwords with numbers and signs and do not use one password for all the accounts you may have.
Good luck and do not worry !

I just got this same email everyone is talking about. Do I really have to report to PD? Also, if anything really does get out, I don't care....I am hoping to becoming rich and famous like Kim lol.

Just got this email in my spam this morning. Wouldn't have opened it but it had an old password listed which concerned me. I use a encrypted browser and have not been to any questionable sites in months but the fact that they had a password was what got me worried.

I reported it just the same and have read a few articles about it. I am in the process of changing my passwords and I am relieved that there is nothing to worry about.

Yep. Me too. Actually got my second one in about five weeks. The first time, I panicked, got stressed-out, got sick. Because the password was accurate. Logic would tell you that an effective blackmail would be to have screenshots, to refer to the website or sites by name, to provide as much specifics as possible to scare the bejesus out of you. But the old one and new one are rather vague. (Only the bitcoin amount is specific!) Glad I searched online for this the second time...

I recently received a spam request for hundreds of dollars in bitcoin to be sent to a certain digital address. It threatened to reveal to a certain number of contacts some specific items that it was alleged that I had stored on my computer. There is no such thing, nor could there be. They also threatened to show pictures of me taken by my computer webcam. That's also not possible since the camera is always covered with a built in slide.

They hacked an old email address somehow. I could tell that the sender was from a foreign country due to the syntax and language used.

I ignored the message since it was a stupid threat and I don't know how to buy bitcoin in the first place.

if you receive such a message, make certain never to click on any links included nor to respond to it in any other manner.

And today another one. I do not visit adult sites, no question this is a scam. See the following mail:

Good Day!

I've been watching you for a few months now.
The reality is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visit.

If you are not familiar with this, I will explain.
Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a pc or other device.
This means that I can see everything on your pc, turn on the camera and
microphone, but you do not know about it.

I also have access to all your contact list and all your correspondence.

I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and
in the right half you see the video that you watched.
With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts
on social networks.
I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.

If you want to prevent this,
transfer the amount of $701 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do
this, write to Google: "Buy Bitcoin").

My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1ERsopTCRddsEvQYKRA7EDmDZyuM8xTL3S

After receiving the pay, I will delete the profs and you will never hear me again.
I give you 49 hours to pay.
I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this mail.

Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this profile cannot be
tracked like my bitcoin address.
I do not make any mistakes.

If I find that you have shared this email with someone else, the profs will be
immediately distributed.

Best regards!

Instead of a password mine was the last 4 digits of my cell should i be worried

Hi
I started getting the similar email. If I don't pay $2000, they will send all my personal videos and pictures to all my contact. Somehow, hacker got control over my Samsung Android Phone camera as well and emails says what I was doing at any specific time.

Bitcoin Address:
35aFMFjwGmHETQiAcucC8mdXU9RtgJ4DwL

I am going to report to FBI as well.
Let me know if I need to do anything else.

They're using an email spoofer which masks their email by automatically inserting your email. In my case the password they provided was a 15 year old low-level one I used for general newspaper accounts and product warranty registrations, so they obviously hacked some business. What would be useful is if BitCoin provided some oversight to investigate and close accounts which are being used for felonious purposes. Use of federal communication lines for fraud and other criminal activities is itself a felony. If Bitcoin is a willing participant in a criminal enterprise which involves money, and it does nothing to correct the problem, then that inaction is evidence of mens rea and Bitcoin could be included in a federal RICO act complaint.

This was my third "blackmail" email over the last 6 months. They all come in on my business emails. This time it declares that I am being blackmailed by a CIA agent! Haha! Really? I've filed it with the FBI.

On 3/18/19 I received one of these emails.
It was sent to my work email address, a commonly used password from previous accounts, and my "System" user name which makes me believe they were indeed in my computer.
They used a Bitcoin send code which I assume will vary each time they send emails out so they might actually get paid.

I'm not gonna lie. I have visited Porn sites recently and likely got hacked through them. Dumb!

My question, is everything they say they can do like record me through webcam legit?

happened to me today. similar extortion threat, for 968USD. called police and FBI. Bitcoin account listed for payment is: 1MnEeqL4pzces9SSgRcDg9FVSJb5BHgMsV

I received the porn version in my spam today. They used my email to send me an email. I immediately recognised it to be a scam. I wish they would catch these people. Low life's. Will probably send to FBI .

Just got this email myself. Using my own email address as the sender.

This email account was recently hacked. Change your password immediately.
It said they would expose me and show me watching porn and the porn I was watching. I don't have a screen camera. They wanted 1000.00 in bitcoins in 48 hours. Poor grammar throughout the email. No password shown on this email.
The bitcoin address was 13GEiv1wF4753qj1bm1MmNMmNMiRGDLEueHX

Did anything happen after the 48hrs ?

I received the same extortion threat email today and it kind of disturbed me. I'm glad that I googled this. Thanks very much for the info!

I also got an unsolicited email today claiming that my Wells Fargo account has been suspended. I have never had one. Email was from kinezarwin @ag bcommunication. com. There was an attachment, which I did not open. This company, according to the internet, is in Myanmar, where I have never been. I assume this is a scam; I will not open the attachment; nor will I reply.

the bitcoin address used in mine was: B‌T‌C‌ ad‌dre‌ss to send to: 1JgyQKZ5v66aybvAFq9iC8oUo6rgJqf6gH I already knew it was fake because I DID NOI SUCH THING! lol

On 30 March 2019, I received this email with an old pass word in the subject line. I usually tag my passwords with my age at the time, so the one they sent was from 11 years ago. Vague threats, etc.... I think this may have been from a LinkedIn security hack from 2014. The hackers held information (stupidly) to get the highest price, but after 4 years of bidding, most people have changed their password strategies (hopefully). I hope no one falls for this scam. There are so many different scams out there, from people pretending to be the IRS, or power companies threatening to cut power in 30 minutes if they're not paid, etc.... Usually the elderly are the victims. Life time hard-labor would be suitable punishment for these derelicts!

I have received multiple emails for the porn scam recently. Glad I found this site, was concerning they had old passwords. Has anyone ever had anything posted of themselves after ignoring these? I reported mine to the FBI thanks to the link I found in this thread.

I got a mail too but dont what actions to they have hacked email address or what I m worried

Bitcoin address of similar attempted blackmail received today:
3PtXcoMRP9B9dh8mx9RA9wrqtqB5i98jVm

Hello,

I received an email yesterday saying that they have hacked my email and got access to my computer and they copied all the goes on the server and also made picture of me by hacking my camera. If I do not send them $752 vis bitcoins then they would distribute to my all contact list. I deleted the email, what else I could do? Please advise

Follow-Up: I deleted the nasty email and haven't heard anything more about it. Please let people know that they should not worry--and more importantly, DO NOT PAY ! ! These types of attacks are basically "Phishing-Plus." They have just enough information to get your attention (like your email address & an old password); and will try to get more information out of you. They will use this info to try and squeeze as much money out of you as they can. Let others in your workplace know they can safely delete the email and should report it. If you are concerned about people hacking your camera, tape a scrap of paper over the lens.

I received the same exact email yesterday...with a pw I used years ago...police said it's probably a scam because of payment in 'bitcoins'...had I found this forum sooner, I would've sent copy of email to FBI...I did, however, do as suggested in regards to camera and mic...

I got the email a few months ago and changed the password, added 2-factor to that email address because it was indeed sent from my account. Now I got a followup message, again sent from my account. How do they do this?

just received my demand for money as well, standard poor grammar/english. claiming to have video, and saw old password only for employers healthcare website. interesting but obvious scam. if it were a real scam they would include the video,

Seems Police across globe are not interested. Too many targets to deal with maybe. But there will be only a handful of fraudsters - maybe just one or two. People who have the millions of data files which major corporations have been lazy enough to "lose" Ie let someone copy them. The Bitcoin account may well be genuine, otherwise they're not going to get the pay-off. Some people receiving this will be wealthy VIPs who judge it easier to pay the money and get the fraudster off their back. So the police should take it seriously. Check out the Bitcoin accounts and collar the criminal (s).

3rd try posting here: I got the first email matching the one described here in ~January and it was indeed sent from my own account. It had an easily crackable password. I changed the password and added 2-factor to my email account and got a 2nd message a couple weeks ago. Again, sent from my email account to myself. How are they doing this?

They don't have your password - they just spoof your email address. They need to make a mandatory death penalty for these criminal hackers to stop all this.

I got it your old pasword was from a public database of websitas thata have been hacked.
stay sharp use strong paswords and never the same to many websites. specialy for the prn... yes I see once in while...

From address BTC 1B6jSKppvZ7QjjiujWGCFJQB8CK9v4UF58 But I have to have an account to report to bitcoin. Using very old password - again would be interesting to find how they got it.

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