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

It's literally a phishing email. They have your password (since they typed it in the email) but don't worry about the video/webcam part. That's all talk to get you scared so you pay them bitcoin. I would advise changing your password that was compromised.

Don't pay them. I received the same email. I've received multiple asking for different amounts and haven't responded to any. Nothing happens

Nothing to worry, just use precaution, change password, probably use privacy cover in camera.

Judging by the information on here you do not need to worry about it.

Same exact email, word for word on October 2nd.
However, I received 2 of them back to back with 2 different names, both in the spam folder.
Did nothing.

This happened to me once and although I do not look at these sights I was nervous they could fake it. So I called law enforcement and they said it’s a scam and they cannot access your web camera or say what the emails says. It truly sickening!!

I had the very same email. But they didn't include any old passwords or new ones at that matter. All looked a little suspicious so I tried back saying. (go for it. We all like a good laugh and I haven't had one in while. We all like a little embarrassment now and then. Then asked if he wanted my actual password or a video sent as he must perverted in the first place to do this.. Make videos and watch them. I had 48 hours to send 1400 bitvion. It has now been over a week.
I wouldn't worry to much guys. Its all scam. But they do try and they are getti g better. Please be carful to cover your cams haha.

Got one 5 days ago and missed it because it ended up in my spam folder. Dude didn't even give me a time frame to pay and I don't even have a webcam.

I got one that had my phone number and said i have to change my password but they didnt show my password.

I had the exact same thing! what did you end up doing? Pay for it or just leave it? Did the hacker send anyone anything ? - Scared teen

I received the same email as everyone else has stated...its now October 2020 & they are still copy & pasting same email. Thanks for all the info...I will report it to the FTC.

I received the same email.

I received the same email today from 3 different people, each demanding a different amount of $. I don’t use the camera on my ipad except to Facetime with my family or ZOOM for business, so I immediately knew it was a scam.

I got a similar one today. It had a subject Business Offer and gave me 48 hours. Freaked me out. Finally got here and had some relief. Can someone tell me if anyone got impacted due to this. Very scary.

Thank you for posting all the comments. I feel much better now. I have a heart condition and I almost fell to the ground literally when I read that email. I will be reporting it and changing all passwords.

I've received two of these in the past month. It was confusing because I don't visit adult sites and keep my cam covered. Are these the new version of those weird "women want to meet you" spam emails?

I just got my first one with a password in it. It's using an email address I haven't used in a decade (same .com though) and the password is missing a few letters/numbers. It's clear they just copy pasted it from somewhere that is posting up data gathered in a breach.
Just the usual of threatening to post a video if me watching porn to my friends.
Jokes on them, my webcam has black tape over it, I don't watch porn. and there isn't a damn thing on my computer that I wouldn't share with family and friends. Can't blackmail someone who doesn't have skeletons...

I got same msg yesterday, worried for few secs as my (password) was the mail subject.
After I read the email, I realised it's typical fraud method with cheesy lines and stuff. Changing the password solves everything, there's no such thing as a malware recording your screen and your camera, and a website having all access to your devices and data simply by just visiting sites. I've seen lot of worried comments on this post so just a heads-up. There was a massive breach few months back, Don't worry just change your password and you good

Hi how can I change my password, can you explain me please, because yesterday I recieved the same email.

How the heck did they know my password though, close but not exactly

I just got one of these, but didn't stress bc my wife got the same email on her work account a couple of months ago. I did get my work email hacked 2-3 weeks ago, and when I opened my password manager, which tracks the dark web, it turned out about 60 of my passwords and logins were on the dark web.

I got a similar message last month. They gave a very old password that I even forgot. They wanted 1000$ from me. It was a bit scary but the password was so old and I never visited such websites so I just deleted the message.

I received the same email everyone else is posting about, verbatim. I received it on 11/03/2020

I got the same exact mail today. It freaked the hell out of me, as I have on occasion visited such sites. However I want to report it to ftc I het paranaid cause its asking for my personal details.

Thank goodness. I got one of these emails, and I was honestly really worried. I have my passwords changed and did a quick scan of my phone just to be sure. Glad I'm not the only one having to deal with this.

Hi, I have received the same email yesterday with a very old password, I can’t remember what site I used this pass word for and I have tried looking will it matter if it gets left? I haven’t used it in years and it’s not a current password I use now I’m worried because I don’t have a clue what site I used it on

Got an email today trying to blackmail me if I didn't send 2000 bitcoin by tomorrow

I received a very similar email on 11/2/2020 with an old password and mostly identical language asking for 1051 bitcoin.

I laughed when I received this email. My camera and mic are disabled in the BIOS, WIFI blocks all porn sites, my FB is empty except for 8 friends, and there's literally nothing you can do with any account that could badly effect me. Change my password? They're just gonna get that too ya know.

Today I also got the same email! A wake up call to change my passwords regularly

I received one but it did not say they had my password. Just that I needed to send $700 or they will release a video to my contacts within 50hours. They just say they are a hacker and I've been hacked. No name and the email is just letters and numbers. They say no use to respond because their email is generated. What does that mean? I just need to hear from someone that this is in fact a scam. I just feel like my hacker is a little different from what I'm reading here and it's worrisome.

I received an email just like this a couple weeks back. And the subject was an ancient password I've used for a million things I didn't care about. I figured, if he was gonna do something he would have done it already. I'll definitely take some better security measurements in the future and start changing passwords and deleting old accounts.

I received one in Oct and one in Nov 2020. Same amount of money in bitcoin and threat with exposing my video to friends and collegue. I just reported to FTC

I got one of these and like his spelling was terrible also he said the usual, you've been hack, will send your family porn that you have viewed and the thing is, I don't have any contacts and not have viewed adult websites at all

I just received an email from Bitcoin through PayPal stating I had a charge through Bitcoin $499.98. When I called Bitcoin they told me I had charges from TX, WA and OH for charges. They told me I needed to go to a store and purchase a Bitcoin card and give them the receipt number. This was all getting too bizarre and I quickly Goggled what to do and this FTC site showed up. I hung up and called my bank and she told me I was probably the tenth person she had talked to this week about this scam.

What about video call scamming

thanks to everyone who's reported this, I got the exact same email and although I was not taken in entirely, it did cause me some concern. Seeing others report the identical email and say that nothing happened has given me some considerable relief.
Thanks to all that have reported this online and confirmed that nothing happens if you ignore it.
Changing passwords now though.

All the best

Hi. I have also recieved the email. I hope such scammers are dealth with a firm hand.

Hi.can l asking you now company investli lite for bitcoin...l have problems with company take my money 2 time for payment..can help me

I had the same email although no password was quoted, wanted 1350 USD paid into "My Bitcoin wallet (BTC): 14X4HmqJKQWCrNY9gthXVyPRa6KZhEkkmT" within 48 hours. Glad others have seen this and it is a scam. I always try typing the key words and "scam" into my search engine to check these things out. Stay safe everyone

I have just received a Bitcoin blackmail scam email demanding $2000. I know it’s a scam. Who do i report it to?

now what gets me going about this and its really funny is that if they claim to have my email and access to it then why the hell wont they just go to my bank account with my email and do it that way but the reason they cant do it is because they dont have the software built for it nor do they have the software to record or capture in a scammers mindset all they want from you is to reply via the email so they can start with the baiting making you a very vulnerable target to go after again and again

I recently received 3 separate entries in my “contact form” on my website from the name Davidbox Davidbox. They each claimed that my business and reputation were at stake. They said that if I didn’t send them .39 Bitcoin, they would send massive amounts of damaging emails on my behalf to veterans, public figures, etc.

I got the same email today morning, i truly freaked out, but then i found this page and all your comments, thank you all for posting your stories, im more calm right now and feeling better. Just to reasure, you haven't got any of your "videos" filtered?

I got it yesterday

Hi! 

Unfortunately, I have got some bad news for you.
Several months ago, I have obtained access to the device you are currently using to browse the internet.
Since that time, I have been monitoring your entire internet activity. 

Being a regular visitor of adult websites, I can confirm that it is your sole responsibility for any consequences. 
To keep it simple, the websites you were visiting have provided me with access to your data. 

I’ve uploaded a Trojan horse to the driver system that keeps updating its signature several times per day, in order to make it impossible for antivirus to detect it. Moreover, it provides me with access to your camera and microphone.
Likewise, I have backed-up all the data, including photos, social media, chats and contacts. 

Just recently, I have come up with an awesome idea to create the video in one part of the screen, which shows the way you cum, while the original video was simultaneously playing on another screen. That was really fun!

Rest assured that I can easily send this video to all your contacts with a few clicks of my mouse, and I believe that you would like to prevent this scenario from happening. 

With that in mind, here is my proposal: 
Transfer the amount equivalent to 1490 USD to my Bitcoin wallet, and I will forget about this whole situation. I guarantee that I will also delete all the data and videos permanently once the payment is received. 

In my opinion, this is a so-called modest payment for my hard work. 
You can easily figure out how to purchase Bitcoins with help of search engines like Google or Bing, because that it’s not difficult at all.
My Bitcoin wallet (BTC): 1Eo9FKmAkNg8UAR4xj6F15Y53phFutzSys

You have 48 hours to reply and you should also bear the following in mind: 

It makes no sense to reply me — the email address has been generated automatically.
It makes no sense to complain either, since the mail as well as my Bitcoin wallet cannot be tracked. 
Everything has been organized with precision. 

If I ever detect that you mentioned anything about this mail to anyone – the abovementioned video will be immediately shared, and your entire contacts list will be the first to receive it. Afterwards, the video will be posted on the web!

P.S. The countdown timer will automatically start once you open this mail. (This program has a built-in timer).

Good luck and take it easy! It was just bad luck, so next time please be more careful.

Yup, got that same "you watched porn and we'll send it to everyone is you don't pay us bitcoin" email. Sure buddy.

This is what I received

Hi!

Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you.
Several months ago, I got access to the device you are using to browse the internet.
Since that time, I have been monitoring your internet activity.

Being a regular visitor of adult websites, I can confirm that it is you who is responsible for this.
To keep it simple, the websites you visited provided me with access to your data.

I've uploaded a Trojan horse on the driver basis that updates its signature several times per day, to make it impossible for antivirus to detect it. Additionally, it gives me access to your camera and microphone.
Moreover, I have backed-up all the data, including photos, social media, chats and contacts.

Just recently, I came up with an awesome idea to create the video where you cum in one part of the screen, while the video was simultaneously playing on another screen. That was fun!

Rest assured that I can easily send this video to all your contacts with a few clicks, and I assume that you would like to prevent this scenario.

With that in mind, here is my proposal:
Transfer the amount equivalent to 1350 USD to my Bitcoin wallet, and I will forget about the entire thing. I will also delete all data and videos permanently.

In my opinion, this is a somewhat modest price for my work.
You can figure out how to purchase Bitcoins using search engines like Google or Bing, seeing that it's not very difficult.

My Bitcoin wallet (BTC): 1DhJoDAJ9hd2PsqRACxYfHr9yhSkuTiQD1

You have 48 hours to reply and you should also bear the following in mind:

It makes no sense to reply me - the address has been generated automatically.
It makes no sense to complain either, since the letter along with my Bitcoin wallet cannot be tracked.
Everything has been orchestrated precisely.

If I ever detect that you mentioned anything about this letter to anyone - the video will be immediately shared, and your contacts will be the first to receive it. Following that, the video will be posted on the web!

P.S. The time will start once you open this letter. (This program has a built-in timer and special pixel ID - 1RkxJcJ1+2kS;RuB"<;G
Good luck and take it easy! It was just bad luck, next time please be careful.

I noticed several such emails in my spam.
A few months ago I got a virus on my computer, which hijacks my search page to yahoo (from google). I wonder if others here too got infected with a similar virus, and if that is the source of the blackmails.

I also got this mail a couple days ago. I know it's scam but it still kinda shook me.

Hi!

Unfortunately, I have got some bad news for you.
Several months ago, I have obtained access to the device you are currently using to browse the internet.
Since that time, I have been monitoring your entire internet activity.

Being a regular visitor of adult websites, I can confirm that it is your sole responsibility for any consequences.
To keep it simple, the websites you were visiting have provided me with access to your data.

I&#8217;ve uploaded a Trojan horse to the driver system that keeps updating its signature several times per day, in order to make it impossible for antivirus to detect it. Moreover, it provides me with access to your camera and microphone.
Likewise, I have backed-up all the data, including photos, social media, chats and contacts.

Just recently, I have come up with an awesome idea to create the video in one part of the screen, which shows the way you cum, while the original video was simultaneously playing on another screen. That was really fun!

Rest assured that I can easily send this video to all your contacts with a few clicks of my mouse, and I believe that you would like to prevent this scenario from happening.

With that in mind, here is my proposal:
Transfer the amount equivalent to 1490 USD to my Bitcoin wallet, and I will forget about this whole situation. I guarantee that I will also delete all the data and videos permanently once the payment is received.

In my opinion, this is a so-called modest payment for my hard work.
You can easily figure out how to purchase Bitcoins with help of search engines like Google or Bing, because that it&#8217;s not difficult at all.
My Bitcoin wallet (BTC): 1Eo9FKmAkNg8UAR4xj6F15Y53phFutzSys

You have 48 hours to reply and you should also bear the following in mind:

It makes no sense to reply me &#8212; the email address has been generated automatically.
It makes no sense to complain either, since the mail as well as my Bitcoin wallet cannot be tracked.
Everything has been organized with precision.

If I ever detect that you mentioned anything about this mail to anyone &#8211; the abovementioned video will be immediately shared, and your entire contacts list will be the first to receive it. Afterwards, the video will be posted on the web!

P.S. The countdown timer will automatically start once you open this mail. (This program has a built-in timer).

Good luck and take it easy! It was just bad luck, so next time please be more careful.

I just found out that I got this type of email twice 12 days ago (and I did not even know it because it was in my spam folder). The email said that they have footage of me watching porn and their gonna share that footage to 8 of my friends on Facebook if I don't pay up using Bitcoin. I don't even watch porn nor do I use Facebook. But it gave me a scare because the email contains one of the passwords that I use. It's a relief to hear that a lot of people are getting these kinds of email too and how its all just a scam. I don't know how my password was leaked, but this definitely needs to be stop.

Pages

Leave a Comment