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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 got this yesterday:

Hello! My nickname in darknet is chrisy22.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. So, your password from %0% is xxxxxxx known by me alone 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 $838 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created. Send the above amount on my BTC wallet (bitcoin): 1BqDEC1FGoePLCPVsVMK2bKFUkpbZ6euV2
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 too received this today as well, same message, same user. I don't know what to do. It's very unnerving and scarey.

also text from +1 267-507-5358.
which is belong to PA, USA.

Out here in the USA Midwest, just got the email earlier today
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Hello! My nickname in darknet is des53. 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 adult 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 were 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 $900 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created. Send the above amount to my Bitcoin wallet: 3HNFAdL4euhEHG9t4QMQmk25QcKAKhzuaA 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, which I have carefully saved. 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. Visit safe websites only, and don't enter your passwords any where! Good luck! "

Same issue with an email I previously used sending me the email. No mention of an old password though.
Has anyone taken drastic actions, has anyone been affected? If so please reply, I feel its just a spam but there is always the need for precaution

Received the same thing. I'm calling BS on it. Mine was with an old password that I've never used for my email. Pretty sure some website got breached and they just go through that website. Also, the email went to my junk mail. When you send yourself an email, it doesn't go to junk. This means that the person just spoofed their email as yours.

Got the same thing with a real but old password. Did virus scan and found nothing. As others have mentioned, guessing they got the password from yahoo breach. Just make sure you aren't using that password anywhere anymore is my advice.

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. 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 $881 is an acceptable price for it! Pay with Bitcoin. My BTC wallet: 1DVU5Q2HQ4srFNSSaWBrVNMtL4pvBkfP5w 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!

I received the same email today. I’m furious. Am looking into how to report this.

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

I received the same email with one of the passwords I use. I’ve made the mistake of using this same email/password combo on other sites, so I don’t know where the data breach occurred. After getting this email I’ve since made sure that each site/provider has a unique password. Yea, I loose the convince of not having to look up my password but I’ll benefit by knowing where they got it. I’m sure the folks investigating these attacks would benefit too.

Got the similar email, but not too concerned, false mentions I don't visit porn sites and don't even have a webcam ,, smh , sometimes you gotta pray for folks,,,

I received a similar email today

It's nice that the (so-called) FTC has info here to confirm this scam is happening to thousands....but it does no good to forward the email to FTC because they won't do anything. My taxes are probably paying for someone to sit all day and read these comments.

You can help law enforcement. Use the link in the blog and report a bitcoin scam email to the FBI at www.FBI.gov/contact-us.

That is not a helpful tip. The FBI website is difficult to navigate. When I finally figured out the local office, I can not find a contact where I can email this to them.

I also received the same e-mail like this

" How are you? So I am the hacker who broke your email and device a several weeks ago. You typed in your password on one of the websites you visited, and I intercepted it. This is your password from ******@***** on moment of hack: *******Of course you can can change it, or perhaps already changed it. However this will not matter, my malware modified it each and every time. Do not consider to make contact with me or even find me, it is impossible, since I sent you email from your account only. Via your e-mail, I uploaded malicious program code to your Operation System. I saved all your contacts along with buddies, fellow workers, family members as well as the full history of visits to the Internet resources. Also I installed a Trojan on your system. You aren't my only victim, I typically lock computer systems and ask for a ransom. But I ended up being hit through the web pages of passionate content material that you often pay a visit to. I am in shock of your current fantasies! I've never ever noticed anything like this! So, when you had enjoyment on piquant internet sites (you know what I mean!) I made screenshot with utilizing my program via your camera of yours device. And then, I put together them to the content of the currently seen website. Now there is going to be giggling when I send these pics to your friends! However I'm sure you do not want that. Therefore, I expect to have payment from you for my quiet. I think $900 is an acceptable cost for this! Pay with bitcoins. My BTC wallet is E6W7ANMjGrz5o2FJxFNGziD3siCeiGwqm If you do not understand how to do this - submit into Google 'how to send money to the bitcoin wallet'. It is not difficult. Following getting the given amount, all your information will be promptly eliminated automatically. My malware will also remove itself from your computer. My Trojan have auto alert, so I know when this particular e-mail is opened. I give you 2 days (Forty eight hrs) for you to make a payment. If this does not happen - all your friends will get nuts pictures from your dark secret life and your system will be blocked as well after two days. Do not end up being stupid! Cops or friends won't assist you for sure ... PS I can give you recommendation for the future. Do not key in your security passwords on unsafe websites. I expect for your wisdom. Good-bye."
I also do not have a webcam. And I've been taping the camera on my laptop for years.Fortunately, the password is the one I do not use. And now I'm backing up some of the important files on web hard. This hacker guy will surely fall into hell.

I received the same email (the one without passwords in), even though I don't visit any sites that would interest others I did get freaked by the email. I have put the bitcoin address in google and it has been reported 8 times, so I have included an additional report. Maybe we can at least get these accounts closed?

It seems that almost everybody in the comments section received the same email or one that is very similar; what I can grasp from the conversation is that we need to contact at authority’s but is there anything else we should safeguard ourself to make this does not become reality ?

Maybe we should all write back to our scammers : “ Go for it . Maybe I can be famous like Kim Kardashian! “

I received the same message on October 24, but I just seen it today. I am concerned that this message was fought in my quarantine.

Hello, My nickname in darknet is des53. 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 adult 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 were 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 $900 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created. Send the above amount to my Bitcoin wallet: 3Qu84d52Tp2uw7sXbskC184pjKqtbcP7rJ 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, which I have carefully saved. 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.
Visit safe websites only, and don't enter your passwords anywhere! Good luck!

Oct 15, 2018 (opened Oct 27th) EXTORTION SCAM with THREAT AND DEMAND OF $6,000.00 Bitcoin Address - 1DhRuWy1DxfqtjNVzkAvX9yqoYY74tdTm9 I don't watch porn; and my webcam is covered. Here is the ENTIRE letter I received VERBATIM (notice the awkward wording at times) from (my yahoo username omitted) <Aaron @Smith621. edu>
"I am aware (my old password) one of your password. Lets get directly to the point. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you're getting this e mail? No person has paid me to investigate about you.In fact, I placed a software on the adult video clips (porn material) website and you know what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing videos, your web browser started out functioning as a RDP with a keylogger which provided me access to your display and web camera. after that, my software program gathered your complete contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as e-mail . After that I made a double video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you have a fine taste hahah), and next part displays the recording of your web camera, yeah it is you.There are just two possibilities. We are going to review these possibilities in aspects: First solution is to neglect this email message. In this instance, I will send your video recording to each of your your personal contacts and then visualize about the awkwardness you can get. Not to mention should you be in a romance, just how it would affect? 2nd option is to compensate me $6000. I will regard it as a donation. In this situation, I will asap delete your video. You can carry on with your daily routine like this never took place and you will not ever hear back again from me.You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).BTC Address: 1DhRuWy1DxfqtjNVzkAvX9yqoYY74tdTm9 [CASE-sensitive so copy and paste it] If you may be planning on going to the law, okay, this mail can not be traced back to me. I have covered my steps. I am just not trying to ask you for money so much, I prefer to be rewarded. You now have one day in order to make the payment. I have a unique pixel in this email, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email message. If I do not get the BitCoins, I will definately send your video to all of your contacts including family members, colleagues, etc. Nonetheless, if I receive the payment, I will destroy the video right away. If you want to have evidence, reply with Yes then I will certainly send your video to your 6 contacts. This is a non:negotiable offer thus don't waste mine time and yours by replying to this email."
S/he claim they won't ever contact you again, but would you really TRUST an extortionist not to continue this? I copied and saved the actual message in pdf. I have ALSO copied the raw data. To do that: In the action bar just above the message in yahoo - click: "more", click: "view raw message" then the raw message is up, Right click, on menu click: "SAVE", click: "save as pdf" There must be some good IT techs that can bust these people. There is a network, or a lot of individuals doing this. DO NOT PAY. DO NOT RESPOND. CHANGE PASSWORDS. Good luck!

I got exactly same mail. But I'm a female and even cannot read English! It takes me 10 mins to understand the email(translate). Then I think this hacker just waste my 10 mins and dare to ask for 400$!
Do not trust him.

I’ve been receiving at least 2 of these a day. All variations on the theme with slightly different wording. Some are spoofed so they look like they are from my address and some show a senders email addresses. I freaked out at first and kept it secret for a month. Finally I plucked up courage to share with a friend. His reassurances that they are a scam saved me from a very dark place of constant anxiety. My email address was in several of the known breaches and I’ve been sent 3 or maybe 4 of my previous passwords - it’s felt like they’ve been closing in! Interestingly enough my friend’s email address was also in several of the breaches (found out on I’ve been pawned) but he hasn’t had any of these nasty emails.

An agent at our office received the same email this week. We got a good laugh. Then I thought of the serious repercussions of the victims who took this email seriously and decided to report it. Doubt anything will be done, but at least it is reported.

Got the same letter today from des53 asking for $900.

Just got a similar email, exposed a password that I used quite a bit in the past. Demanded bitcoin to this account:

1NQ8p1KD5rSRRCEin3NXdyBHmeXmtWQ5Qu I checked the header on the email and it was spoofing an email of mine using: aaron681smith @yahoo. jp Searched that email and it comes up for password exposing.
I also had attempts on my iPhone from China many times, but have two-factor. Sure wish something could be done about all these data breeches.

I checked my sent box and didn’t see any record of this message being sent to myself.

I also received 3 in the last 2 days.. Glad to have found all your comments so i will not worry

I keep fetting them daily on spoofed email that if I fwd the email or reapond it comes back to my email addy. I reported the first one over two weeks ago to the FBI site suggested. Not sure how to stop them since it comes from my email account.

I hope this can help a few people out who find this.

It seems some kind of bot or program is associated with this scam, is able to access the saved passwords you have within your browser. I'd suggest making sure that access is locked under a separate password, you can do that in your browser settings!!

That would be why a lot of people are finding the email had access to a password you used in the past, you likely had saved the password into your browser at a point and it was able to be access that through a minor virus or just an unsafe site you went to.

I'm sorry for everyone who fell for the scam. Please remember, if someone ever intends to blackmail you and has enough evidence to do so, they will provide proof of what they have on you, not just empty claims. If they say they have footage of you accessing some bad content, they will give you proof, that's what sets blackmail apart from scams.

I found one in my spam last night from days ago. Saying they had video of me “doing stuff” while on a porn site, and now I had malware, and demanded money or they would send it to all my contacts they copied, and I don’t visit any of these sites, the closest I got was blocking porn bots that had followed me on tumblr, as they have been showing up for weeks now, so I’m glad (not really, but really) that I’m not the only one this happened to.

I know they say to contact the FBI but how?

I go to that page and have no idea which avenue to take. Is there an email I can just forward the email to?

And the FTC?

Have received three in as many weeks, two in the last 2 days. Aaron512Smith @yahoo. jp is my alleged sender. Came from my att email using my old password. These are sent through multiple servers with faked IP addresses and went to spam as they are designated as Softfail. 170.90.89.53 not designated as a permitted sender. Appears to be a global phenomenon as reported here from many nations. Really annoying! Ok changed all PSWs and hope this is taken as a serious threat to global security. If I was younger (68) I would study for a career in computer forensics. These criminals are not going to slow down. Again, most likely sent out en masse as robot spam. Imagine the totality of hacked email addresses from Linked In (yes me too) or Anthem and copy the list into a spamming server and millions could launch. My kindest regards to all who are reading this and are frightened. Be strong. If enough of us report I believe eventually they will be brought to Justice.

Received same email. Im from another country cant report to the fbi.. I immediately searched the web if there are others who received same email.. seems like a scam.
And the word that was sent to my email was like 7-10 years ago that i might have used.... wonder where they got it from... friendster???? Myspace??? Was there a leak from those???

I received a similar email. What did you all do about it?

Received and email this morning with my email and old password. Changed it long time ago and also changed again this morning. Same information as everyone else demanding $9998.00 in bitcoin currency. Will reveal all my intimate details for giggles to friends, family etc if i dont pay within 48 hrs. Im not from USA but have forwarded the email to FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.

I got this same sort of email. However when fwd or replied to it sent it to myself as they stated they sent the email from my own email account. So how is that possible?

Get these daily . For two weeks now. Apparently sent from my own e-mail as when I did fwd them and I responded it came back to me. So is my email spoofed? Nothing in sent folder from them. I reported the first one weeks ago yet they keep on going. No way to block it.

Here is one of them

Dear user of xxxx.net I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked by me in the summer of 2018. I understand that it is hard to believe, but here is my evidence: - I sent you this email from your account. - Password from account Xxxx.net: xxxx (on moment of hack). The hacking was carried out using a hardware vulnerability through which you went online (Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296). I went around the security system in the router, installed an exploit there. When you went online, my exploit downloaded my malicious code rootkit) to your device. This is driver software, I constantly updated it, so your antivirus is silent all time. Since then I have been following you (I can connect to your device via the VNC protocol). That is, I can see absolutely everything that you do, view and download your files and any data to yourself. I also have access to the camera on your device, and I periodically take photos and videos with you. At the moment, I have harvested a solid dirt... on you... I saved all your email and chats from your messangers. I also saved the entire history of the sites you visit.
I note that it is useless to change the passwords. My malware update passwords from your accounts every times. I know what you like hard funs (adult sites). Oh, yes .. I'm know your secret life, which you are hiding from everyone. Oh my God, what are your like... I saw THIS ... Oh, you dirty naughty person ... :) I took photos and videos of your most passionate funs with adult content, and synchronized them in real time with the image of your camera. Believe it turned out very high quality! So, to the business! I'm sure you don't want to show these files and visiting history to all your contacts. Transfer $857 to my Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet: GXazHVQUdJEtpe62UFozFibPa8ToDoUn3
Just copy and paste the wallet number when transferring. If you do not know how to do this - ask Google. My system automatically recognizes the translation. As soon as the specified amount is received, all your data will be destroyed from my server, and the rootkit will be automatically removed from your system. Do not worry, I really will delete everything, since I am 'working' with many people who have fallen into your position. You will only have to inform your provider about the vulnerabilities in the router so that other hackers will not use it.
Since opening this letter you have 48 hours. If funds not will be received, after the specified time has elapsed, the disk of your device will be formatted, and from my server will automatically send email and sms to all your contacts with compromising material. I advise you to remain prudent and not engage in nonsense (all files on my server). Good luck!

I just received an email with a username and password that are valid. I was told if I don't send $900 via Bitcoin they would contact everyone I know pictures and video of me. Etc Etc.

We're getting these in England now. Similar phrasing and demanding bitcoin payment. The password he gave is only six characters long - almost all systems insist on eight characters. I am a programmer and did a trace-back on it and know it came to England via Microsoft's hub in San Jose, CA. His 'From' identity didn't match the message originator's identity. Poor grammar and spelling and I don't think I have any 'dirty little secret' to which he referred.

I've also got one of these last night. The password Nina Kallinger (i.e. the 'hacker') gave it's not one I've ever used, which seems to confirm this is just a scam

I got one too yesterday, below. Definitely. A. Scam. I noted that the username\password combo they had was from my LinkedIn account, prior to the 2012 breach, which I had long since changed when that news broke, and was never used on any other website. I filed abuse reports on BitCoin Who's Who and a few others, and an FBI complaint as well.
Here is most of the email text I got: ---- So I am the hacker who broke your e-mail as well as device a couple of weeks ago. You entered your password on one of the internet sites you visited; and I intercepted it Here is the security password from ***@*** on time of compromise: *** Obviously you can will change it; or perhaps already changed it Then again this doesn't make any difference, my own malware modified it each and every time.
Do not consider to contact me personally or find me Through your email, I uploaded malware program code to your Operation System. I saved all of your contacts with friends, co-workers, family members plus the full record of visits to Additionally I installed a Malware on your device You will not be my only prey, I normally lock desktops and ask for the ransom the World wide web resources. However I ended up being struck through the web pages of intimate content that you generally stop by. I am in surprise of your current fantasies! I have by no means noticed anything like this' Therefore, when you had fun on piquant web-sites (you know what I mean') I made screen shot with utilizing my program through your camera of yours system. After that, I put together them to the content of the currently seen web site. There will be fun when I send these photographs to your connections' Yet I'm sure you don't want it For that reason, I expect to have payment from you with regard to my silence.
I consider $966 is an acceptable cost with regard to this! Pay with Bitcoin My Bitcoin wallet: GgfB5ePX6ztfbfJou8EzJ8KHEvgUJV5YU If you do not really know how todo this- submit into Google 'how to send money to a bitcoin wallet'. It isn't difficult Following receiving the given amount, all your files will be right away eliminated automatically. My malware will also eliminate itself outof your operating-system. My Trojan possess auto alert, so I know when this specific e mail is read. I give you 2 days (Forty-eight hrs) in orderto make a payment In case this does not occur - just about all your connections will certainly get mad photos from your darker secret life and your system will be blocked as well after two days. Do not end up being stupid. ----

I just received one today to my gmail spam folder. It was obvious it was a scam because the information is so general and it did not even apply to me of what they said they "caught" me doing. It is very easy to spoof an email saying it is from anyone or yourself. They only way I would believe something like the told me some very specific info that was true or an actually pic of me.
I dont think the FBI would be able to do much if you sent them the email. These guys are usually overseas and they use different IP addresses.

i received an email, saying they hacked my email, and they had been into my computer seen naked pictures of me and seen that i have visited porn sites etc, all untrue, including the fact that they could not have hacked into my email, one giveaway was they stated part of what they wrote was my email, it wasn't. i think they use the same part of a password to many emails they target just in case few do use those numbers/letters etc, makes it more real. they also said i used unsecured server and that's how they hacked me, again all untrue i seldom use random servers. they provided their bitcoin id, i mean if the fbi can't trace someone with an id connected to bitcoin then bitcoin should be shut down.

Where any videos or pics ever uploaded by the hacker ?Same thing happened to me about 14 months ago and it still worries me.Im from South Africa.

I received the email below today (Thanksgiving!) and have spent several hours changing passwords as a precaution, even though the one cited in the threat is probably 7 years old. I used it with either Skype or Yahoo mail, but have changed and strengthened all my passwords several times since then. I'm sharing the message as it is a different format from the other ones I read here, but may relieve someone's anxiety. I don't view porn sites and lead a boring life so am not worried about any "scummy secrets." I have already reported it via the FBI Internet Crime Complaint site referred to several times in this forum.
From: Rafa Wudl <khagrethacx @outlook. com>
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 13:50
Subject: firstinitiallastname - old password
Hi, I came to know the scummy secrets. I won't explain you just what exactly I am aware of, I've got all the information with me. To prove this, simply let myself reveal you that one of your passwords is XXXXX. Pay me $4000 via *Bitcoin* to the address 1Jqo3uB4ExJehiDouBAraAnpoe258JAxgs within the next 45 hrs. I would like to make one thing obvious, that I will spoil your life totally if I don't get the payment. In the event that I get the payment, I will erase every single info I've with me, and i'll go away for good and you will do not hear anything from myself. This is actually the first and final email from me as well as the offer is non negotiable, thus do not respond to this mail.

Below is a sample of an extortion attempt we received recently. I included the extortionist hackers bitcoin address.

Hello! I have very bad news for you. 03/08/2018 - on this day I hacked your OS and got full access to your account xxxxxxxxx@ xxxxxxx.net On this day your account xxxxxxxxxx@ xxxxxxx.net has password: xxxxxxxxxxx So, you can change the password, yes.. But my malware intercepts it every time. How I made it:
In the software of the router, through which you went online, was a vulnerability. I just hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it. When you went online, my trojan was installed on the OS of your device. After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).

A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a not big amount of btc to unlock. But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and I was shocked by what I saw!!! I'm talk you about sites for adults. I want to say - you are a BIG pervert. Your fantasy is shifted far away from the normal course! And I got an idea.... I made a screenshot of the adult sites where you have fun (do you understand what it is about, huh?). After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and glued them together. Turned out amazing! You are so spectacular! I'm know that you would not like to show these screenshots to your friends, relatives or colleagues. I think $888 is a very, very small amount for my silence. Besides, I have been spying on you for so long, having spent a lot of time!

Pay ONLY in Bitcoins! My BTC wallet: GR7rJfntdcbfhKT1s33RDby4z5ex1ou4Z You do not know how to use bitcoins? Enter a query in any search engine: "how to replenish btc wallet". It's extremely easy For this payment I give you a little over two days (exactly 55 hours). As soon as this letter is opened, the timer will work. After payment, my virus and dirty screenshots with your enjoys will be self-destruct automatically.
If I do not receive from you the specified amount, then your device will be locked, and all your contacts will receive a screenshots with your "enjoys". I hope you understand your situation. - Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data, files and screenshots is already uploaded to a remote server)
- Do not try to contact me (you yourself will see that this is impossible, I sent this email from your account) - Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help, since your data is already on a remote server. P.S. You are not my single victim. so, I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment! This is the word of honor hacker I also ask you to regularly update your antiviruses in the future. This way you will no longer fall into a similar situation. Do not hold evil! I just do my job. Good luck.

Exact same. Scarey stuff, unnerving. Do they follow up on this? Or is it to scare folks into paying them?

I got the same email. Showing my own email coming from the sender and showing an unrelated password from another email account. They wanted me to pay bitcoin in 48 hours. They sent me twice in a week the scam mail. Should I be worried about it?

I received a text (to my phone number @mms.att.net or whatever) and was horribly creeped out, the message demanded $750 worth of bitcoin and threatened me with 48 hours to pay up or pictures of me using dirty websites would be sent to my friends and family. The person also said that my device would be locked and that they hacked me back in March. A couple things were fishy right away for me. First off, I cant sign into the "email" they sent this through because that's literally just my phone number. Next would be that the password used for leverage wasn't entirely accurate. A few aspects were similar and the number in the password was the same which makes me think that the breach involving my passwords didn't expose that entire one. Finally, the message acted like I was receiving the email through a computer.. and that's not true at all? (Plus I got my laptop in August so there's no way they hacked that in March lol)
Anyway, I get scammy texts often but this one freaked me out quite a bit. Immediately after getting the message I deleted it (so I wouldn't be tempted to click the links provided), closed my PayPal account, changed all my passwords that resembled the one in the message, and checked for malware on my phone and laptop. It's been over 48 hours and I haven't seen any effects threatened luckily! I'm still a little startled, especially because my phone number wasn't breached according to the website where you can check? My gmail was breached 5 times though, and since they're connected I can only assume that's where the info came from! Scams are getting really close to home nowadays, if I didn't have my husband around to calm me down I probably would have fallen for this. Hopefully some of you reported it to the FBI (I wish I would have) so this can be taken care of asap.

A side note: my message didn't include my name or anything and the grammar was much much better than a lot of the examples I've seen online. It also didn't come from my own email address like any of the others I have heard of, which makes me think there are more variants now.

I received several extortion type emails similar to those described here earlier this week - with my email address and a password in the subject line and demanding bitcoin. At first I was terrified - I knew I did not have compromising photos or activities that they claimed they had - because I never visit naughty sites or post or store anything 'naughty'. However, I was terrified that they had one of my passwords and it took a couple of days of anxiety and contacting all of my financial institutions to update/change security features. After confirming my computer did not have virus or malware, I finally found this FTC site and a few other articles on this scam. The only data breach that I could recall that could affect my passwords was the LinkedIn data breach in 2012/2016, but I am not positive it was from there because I no longer remember my old LinkedIn password. The other data breaches, Target, Home Depot, and Equifax - would not have had any of my computer passwords. It seems I re-used that old LinkedIn password on some current accounts - I have changed them all now and will avoid using similar passwords on multiple accounts and will avoid re-using old passwords. I deleted the scam emails - will it do any good now to report to the FBI?

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