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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

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Received same note as everyone else, verbatim. Except they asked for $1013 or something close to that amount. Ruined my morning until I started putting the pieces together and realizing that it must be a scam. Thanks FTC!

i just received this same email, thing is the password he showed me was a password from 8 years ago i mean it was probably one of my first passwords so I'm not really worried but i did receive a 2nd email with a pic attachment.. i didn't open it i just deleted both emails.

I just got this email today from two different people. Quite scary and I had been searching to see if my phone camera may have been hacked as that is my main device. They sent an old password of mine as well.

I got an email Tuesday & it’s said everything listed above, but they added that they have logged into my Facebook and when I looked , it might’ve been logged into but I don’t think so

For anyone worrying, I got the exact same email word for word last Thursday & ignored it and nothing has happened. Yes it did have a password that I used for everything in the past but no longer use it for most things, changed the last account I used it for now. Nothing to worry about, change your passwords & please don’t send them money!!

Yea I also got the email but mine said I have 50 hours and the timer starts when I open the email

I received the basic e-mail as above and mentioned that it knew i was pleasuring myself and had video of me doing it.
Thing is - it came almost immediately after I was dong what it said I was doing.
Wanted $ 950 and the e-mail came to my work e-mail which really got me worried.
You first think , how did it turn on my video camera and/or how did it know I was doing what it said. Have received it 2 times about a week apart and it gave me week to pay each time .

So i got this email yesterday telling me to pay 1000 dollar lol about 1 of my leaked password that was done 3 years ago lol my email is safe now they have nothing to do just updated your password and always check if your email password has been leaked

I received the same today, could you advise me if anyone got impacted or what I should do?

I got the same exact email quoted in the older comments down below, plus a ton of additional emails from various scammers about similar things. They got my current gmail address and an old password of that gmail account correct. So, there must have been gmail data breach at some point long ago, and they got that information. Fortunately, I had long since changed that password, and I have gmail's second sign in protection, so even if they had my current password, they would still need access to my cell phone to get the pin number for the second sign in procedure. I would personally never pay anyone anything like a ransom. They can email all my contacts and I would not care. But, I would NOT want them to have access to my gmail account because they could get some very sensitive information on my other accounts, like banking, credit cards, etc. So, it is a very good idea to change your password frequently, and to check your email accounts location history to see where it has been signed in recently, just to make sure no one else has access to your account. I think with the second sign in feature, they would have a very difficult time doing much with your password. I need to start changing all my passwords on banking and credit card websites as well. I just have a hard time to keeping track of all these things. I did turn on alerts notifications on my bank and credit card websites so that they alert me by text message and email whenever someone (including me) accesses those accounts or does anything on them. So, if someone started using them, I would know right away be able to shut them down by calling the bank or credit card company immediately.

I know ******** 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 $1042.

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: 1MbumcLtt2dnUXHfcRpax66P5YToJpUdew
[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.

I just got one of these emails a few days ago and it was in my spam, I already know it’s a scam and I always have my camera on my computer taped off, and I can also see the green light if or when my camera is being used.... so therefore I don’t know how they would of gotten this “video” and all the contact info from the people that I know. One thing that blows my mind is how they got one of my outdated passwords I haven’t used in a while.

I got an email similar to this but for some strange reason, it had my name on it instead of any password? Would that mean it was something I used to connect my fb to??? For one thing the "password" is far too short to really be accepted anywhere and for another, I don't use my name in any passwords I've ever used?

I received one of these types of scam emails on 7/20/2020, but just now reading it. It was a relief to come and see it is bogus. I am concerned that they have access to my email account though, since I got an "unusual sign on activity" notice the day before and the same day. I usually ignore these because when I login from gym or somewhere else I get these alerts. I can never figure out how to identify these though, as I use vpn service.

scammer didn't know that while watching porn i used to put gum on the webcam as a precaution

I received the same email today, haven't used the password in 10 years at the least. Figured it was a scam.

I have received the same email with exactly the same wording but for 1042$. I really panicked and am still. Did they contact you guys again, did they do anything that they are claiming because it’s a matter of reputation and many things. What should I do now, should I be worried and I can’t afford to pay that much money. Please someone help me with this issue.

Have you received anything else from this email? I just got the same exact email last night.

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.

This sounds close to mine that I got today. I posted the exact message on this thread, hopefully it'll be uploaded soon.

Mind had a link though with my name on it that I didn't click. But it was "Fisherman.txt" for instance.

I assume nothing happened to you?

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.

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