You are here

Scam emails demand Bitcoin, threaten blackmail

Share this page

The FTC uses the information it gets from people who report scams to keep close watch on trends, so we can alert you to changes. Here’s one: reports of Bitcoin blackmail scams have taken a big jump in the last few weeks. The emails say they hacked into your computer and recorded you visiting adult websites. They threaten to distribute the video to your friends and family within hours, unless you pay into their Bitcoin account. Stop. Don’t pay anything. Delete the message. It’s a scam.

Based on the timing of this spike, you may get one of these messages because your email was exposed in a recent data breach. The scammers may say they have access to your computer or webcam, or installed clever software to defeat you. That’s all talk. But they may really know one of your old – or recent – passwords, and they include it in the message to prove it. When you see that, you know it’s time to update your password on that account, and consider updating other passwords, too.

If you, or someone you know, get a message like this, please report it to the FTC at www.FTC.gov/Complaint.

Scam Tags:  Phishing Scams

Comments

I have been getting these periodically since October 2018. I traced the password they had to an account I used only for a couple of weeks in 2006(!) on the job posting website Monster.com. That is the only account in which I used the password the scammers had. I had to laugh--each time I received the email threat to send their alleged video to my contact list if I didn't pay up, the amount of the "ransom" was smaller!

Today, May 14, 2020, I received a scam to pay Bitcon in the amount of $2000 within one hour; otherwise, it will publish my purported porn. It had one my passwords, which meant this password of mine had been exposed. Will change password of website and email, and had deleted the fraud email by "Mono".

I got the same one today, but 24 hours to comply. Filed FTC report. The password they had is a very old one and I make new passwords up all the time. For anyone who is reading this thread, It's a good idea to change your passwords regularly if you don't already.

I got the same one yesterday. What is an FTC report? I forwarded to Comcast's Abuse@ comcast.

I also got an email today stating the same thing.

I know ( Password)is one of your password on day of hack..
Lets get directly to the point.
Not one person has paid me to check about you.
You do not know me and you're probably thinking why you are getting this email?
in fact, i actually placed a malware on the adult vids (adult porn) website and you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean).
When you were viewing videos, your browser started out operating as a RDP having a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your display and web cam.
immediately after that, my malware obtained every one of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email account.
after that i created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste omg), and 2nd part displays the recording of your cam, and its you.
Best solution would be to pay me $1082.
We are going to refer to it as a donation. in this situation, i most certainly will without delay remove your video.
My -BTC -address: 1JFYdq9QQJYUih6YmP2aHtU82RkLewHZ5Q
[case SeNSiTiVe, copy & paste it]
You could go on your life like this never happened and you will not ever hear back again from me.
You'll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search 'how to buy bitcoin' in Google).
if you are planning on going to the law, surely, this e-mail can not be traced back to me, because it's hacked too.
I have taken care of my actions. i am not looking to ask you for a lot, i simply want to be paid.
if i do not receive the bitcoin;, i definitely will send out your video recording to all of your contacts including friends and family, co-workers, and so on.
Nevertheless, if i do get paid, i will destroy the recording immediately.
If you need proof, reply with Yeah then i will send out your video recording to your 8 friends.
it's a nonnegotiable offer and thus please don't waste mine time & yours by replying to this message.

What should file a complaint under?
Please advise..

I got this as well. Looks like the hackers get people's passwords by simply searching any of the numerous data breach databases available on criminal forums.

I panicked at first but being in IT I read the entire email and it seemed very suspicious obviously including the wording used. I changed all my accounts using the password that was compromised.

I know (password) is one of your password on day of hack..

Lets get directly to the point.
Not one person has paid me to check about you.

You do not know me and you're probably thinking why you are getting this email?
in fact, i actually placed a malware on the adult vids (adult porn) website and you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean).

When you were viewing videos, your browser started out operating as a RDP having a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your display and web cam.

immediately after that, my malware obtained every one of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email account.

after that i created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste omg), and 2nd part displays the recording of your cam, and its you.

Best solution would be to pay me $1050.

We are going to refer to it as a donation. in this situation, i most certainly will without delay remove your video.

My -BTC -address: 14GYvZHr5dCoVLK3jqW98zFeT5AVBpWsBG
[case SeNSiTiVe, copy & paste it]

You could go on your life like this never happened and you will not ever hear back again from me.

You'll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search 'how to buy bitcoin' in Google).
if you are planning on going to the law, surely, this e-mail can not be traced back to me, because it's hacked too.
I have taken care of my actions. i am not looking to ask you for a lot, i simply want to be paid.

if i do not receive the bitcoin;, i definitely will send out your video recording to all of your contacts including friends and family, co-workers, and so on.
Nevertheless, if i do get paid, i will destroy the recording immediately.
If you need proof, reply with Yeah then i will send out your video recording to your 8 friends.
it's a nonnegotiable offer and thus please don't waste mine time & yours by replying to this message.

Got this also. I knew it was not true because 1. I don't visit porn sites and 2. I don't have a webcam.

Concerning they got an old password, but it appears to be an old forum password as I use much more secure PWs for email and all other important accounts.

Same also, on 15/09, exact wording.

I got this email twice today, from two different email addresses. I'm not worried because I never visited porn websites, LOL. Better luck next time suckers

I got the same email today. But the password they tried to show me.... I don't know where or if I've ever used that one anywhere? Is there somewhere I can go to see where I would have ever used that password?

Hey please tell what happened did you send the money did any harm come upon you afterwards ? Because i recieved the exact same email i am so panicked right now please someone help !

Yeah I also got the same mail what u guys do is it safe or is it really a problem

In 99.9% of the cases, these emails are empty threats. They do not have any video; they do not have access to your computer.

They simply got access to some leaked database that contained your email address and some old password.

Suggested course of action is to pay nothing and to change all your passwords.

The odds of them actually having any photos or video is miniscule.

No, please do not worry.
It is a completely fake one and nothing is recorded.

I’ve had 3 of these now. All the same script based on an old Dropbox password. Ignored them all and nothing happens. Don’t give them money, they have nothing! Just do a password audit if you’re worried.

hey i also receive this kind of spam email ... just going through some anxiety about this... getting the same type of spam but just different kind of btc account... so anyone can you address what i need to do and not do also how to find the account if i do not use either

Received same email Tuesday September 29 2020. Password quoted was something I used for many unimportant things. I won't use it in future.
Have reported to FTC for what it is worth.

I got this email and it said my name was a password that they had and I was so confused because I'm not dumb enough to use my name for a password which just made the email really weird for me... I'm trying to go through everything to see what it could've been but idk...

So I got the same email today about 7 hours ago, just curious what you did about it.
I was pretty freaked out, still am a bit to be fair. I do know that it has to be bs since I don't actually have a webcam, none of my pcs ever did. But still, it's something that I would like to see tied up so I can safely move on. Any suggestions?

I got exactly the same thing letter by letter except for the amount
It was 1040 instead of 1082
My goodness

i had the same email appear for me. it actually had a password i used to have linked to a bunch of accounts that didn't appear when checking for compromised passwords.

same!

same here, i got one with the exact amount and everything

i got this same email today, the exact same sentences, but asking for $1015

I got the exact same email. Verbatim.

I received the exact same email, yesterday. I recognised the password as one my husband used regularly but he died more than 3 years ago. Still, it’s very scary to receive something like this. I spent the day going through all of my most important passwords which probably needed to be done as I’m very lazy about such things. Thank goodness for these kind of sites we can check and report to.

i recently just received that same exact spam email acouple days ago.

I received this exact same email! Pretty much word for word! What did you end up doing????
I had a small panic attack when i first saw it

Got the exact same one word for word. Just reported it. Same situation and very grateful people took the time to write this up and inform the public on where to report it. Just imagine all the people who freak out and just respond with the demands in haste.

I also panicked but It was exactly word for word as yours

I got the same one today, word for word.

I got the same thing but it was a text

Yeah i had one too, btw i remembered that i only watch comics sooo

All I ever do is watch "comics" also LOL

I got the same email a few days ago. At first I freaked out because the password was something I had used before but then I went to search about this because my parents are very serious when it comes to online security. And then saw it was happening to other people. I checked all my passwords to make sure I wasn’t using that one in specific anymore even though I was almost sure and changed a few just in case.

One thing I would recommend to anyone receiving this type of emails is to check for old mails like verifications of some website accounts. I say this because sometimes we leave “ghost” accounts on several places that can have the same password and some personal information. If you aren’t using them, best to delete the accounts.

I got the same exact email. Word by word demanding 1000$ in bitcoins . I filed a complaint under other stating i was contacted on email.

I received the same email four days back and I am ignoring it. I updated all my app's password and I know nothing will happen. Fun part is I am a cyber crime attorney and I am getting this phising mails.

I got the exact same email word for word on August 15th.

I got the same exact email word for word on 8/20...

I've received two in the last two week! I haven't used that password in YEARS.

Same thing, exactly same text

I got this one today .. word for word but they wanted $1014 from me. Very old password. I tried to submit to FTC.gov/complaint but kept saying invalid email. Tomorrow I will notify local police which
Of course will do nothing.

I just got a similar email asking me for $700 but they neither gave any proof of the video or even that they hacked me in the first place, as well as the fact they sent the email to an old hardly used email. All they told me is they have access to my operating system and my account. I have since downloaded an antivirus and scanned my computer and phone multiple times with no issues. I don't know if the antivirus will tell me if I've been already hacked before, but I ended up not doing anything about the email.

I literally got this email today asking for the same thing! It followed up with having a read receipt and what not to start the clock (50hrs) to pay. Crazy seeing how I never use my cam for anything anyway. I also have an antivirus protection that notifies me any time its blocking something. Seeing how other people have encountered this problem is very relieving.

Hi. I got the same exact email word for word. What should I do? I got a panic attack and happen to stumble upon this website with the list of all your comments and feel a little relieved that I’m not the only one receiving the email. The hacker hasn’t done anything to any of you right?

I didn’t see the blackmail email until a week after I was supposed to deliver the bitcoin. So unless no one in my contacts cared about the alleged video of me they received, I’m willing to bet nothing was sent.

I got this today as well. Exact same verbiage and threat. Do we file a complaint through FTC?

I got the exact same one 2 weeks ago, but it ended up in my spam inbox (I wonder why). I saw it today and was starting to get worried. Seeing that you got the exact same email has reassured me. Thank you.

Got the same email September 29th

I received the same email yesterday. I'm glad it's not just me.

Pages

Leave a Comment