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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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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.

Just got an email from a Jerry Bell with the same contents/ modus operandi asking for bitcoin payment $4835.
Thank you everyone for the heads up. Appreciate it.

I got this email too and they're asking for $4000. Lol... I barely 40 in my bank.

I got the same email on Dec 2020

I got one but they didnt mention a password, and they said something about a trojan horse used on my computer... is this the same thing plz help Im freaked out

What if they actually send a copy of an actual video to you through one of you contact's IM

received a similar content . D password i hd used few months ago n hd changed it . Wen I read it up i was panicky. How do I report it in india .

I received the same email. Unfortunately, the password they know is my most frequently used one. It's there in 127 places. It's almost impossible to go over all the websites and change the password. What if they again find the new password?

Change your passwords and make sure they are all different. Put them in a safe place

I also received the same message today. They had a password to a site I visited once in 5 yrs.

I got similar email in this morning but little bit different. they didn't show me any password I used and also it is a smartphone not laptop. they just threatened to distribute the video to my friends if I didn't give them Bitcoin. they even sent the black mail to me living in Korea, they seem to be very desperate.

I received one of these saying they’ve recorded my stuff and want want 700 dollars in bitcoms. You’ve got to be kidding me.

I got one in spam yesterday with one of the passwords I use. I know it's a scam because 1. I dont visit adult sites and 2. My camera doesn't work. But I could see quite easily how someone could be blackmailed.

I got almoust identical email today. I got scared bit, but I dont use that password for my serious emails and accounts and cant remember when last time I used that password or where. Regardless they are asking for insane amount of money over 2k and ofcource threatening to leake videos of my web cam and supposedly videos of some porn to my friends and family. How I can report this?

I got this email the other day. It's the same email content you guys have here. I was just freaked out cuz they got one of the pswd I use before and they asked for $2k+ that needs to be paid via bitcoin! LOL I am not dumb to give such amount to stupid messages like this. Good thing it go straight to my spam and Gmail warned me about it.

I’m currently being blackmailed with videos of me that I never personally recorded. Help!

My father in law (in his 80's) arrived on our doorsteps shaking, because he received this kind of email. It is a good thing he is in good health for this age, otherwise he might have a heart attack even before he ask for help or advise on what to do. The poor man was so terrified that we won't use any electronics to call for help. People who are sending this scam do not deserve any mercy at all!

I got an email like this. Mentions a specific password, but I never used that password. Says things about my webcam got recorded, but it's pretty impossible, as my webcam is always unplugged. They demanded almost 6,000 dollars.

So it's a pretty weak attempt to scam/blackmail people. Maybe it would work on old people, or scared, rich teens? I don't know.

I got the same email on sunday, but just saw it today. Thanks to whoever copied and pasted their email on here. Mine was the same except the ransom amount was more. Glad to know its a scam!

I got this email today. Not too worried about the password part since it’s one google told me was compromised months ago and has already been changed. What scared me, and maybe nobody else has noticed this, but the amount asked for wasn’t a random number. It was the exact amount I had in my bank account on the day the email was sent. But obviously they can’t access it or they wouldn’t have needed to send me the email in the first place.

Got one of these today. It threatened they had a video of me watching porn and they were going to release it if I didn't pay them something like $3000. The best part? That email has been untouched since I was about 14, so if they did have that video, they would genuinely have CP of me which would cause many more problems for them than it would me.

I got one of these email today. In my spam though but will be changing passwords ASAP

I got this same email today, the exact same sentences, but asking for $5342
I have not a such password. So its simple.

28 December
Received one of these in my spam folder six days ago
Malwarebytes will quarantine it
Not sure about Norton or McAfee
Thanks for the reassuring info

I'm from Australia and got exact same email word for word.....asking for $5300....good to know that this is a scam.

I've received this kind of e-mail today, it was a password that as far as I know was from a computer flash games website account that had a data breach around 2-3 years ago. I've changed that password as well as others, just in case, but I don't think there is anything to worry about, as other users say here. Just report the e-mail on the said link above in the article and if you remember where that password is from, change it if you can, that should help prevent any further problems like this.

I've received another one, from a different e-mail adress...two in a day, huh? Best thing is, it's the same password as before, but as I mentioned before, I've already changed it to a different one, I've also verified and I can connect to that account using the new password, so it's definetly just a scam and you should ignore it, even better, report it.

Received mine today. Not the best way to start a year but I found this page so now I’m relaxed about it. The password on mine is luckily a “dummy” password I used
for simple things so likely some random website. I haven’t read anywhere that someone said “and all
My contacts received webcam pics of me” so I want to say I don’t think it ever goes anywhere, it’s just a threat. (Or I hope.., although my webcam view would be pretty boring anyway. I’d be more
Embarrassed if they had a pic of me picking my nose tho. Ha)

I receive exact email too..they hack my facebook account what should I do?

Hi! I’m just curious is there some sort or report we should file when receiving one of these emails or should we just delete it, change our passwords, and move on?

It's a scam you guys. Please don't pay anything. Just change your passwords and ignore. I've also received the same email.

I had exactly the same email, I was obviously very worried at first as it was an email used when I was around 12 years old?! But after seeing the comments I feel better than it's a hoax haha. From a 'Juan Bulter' cant remember the actual email address but something@somethingmonkey.com

I got the same exact email as people on here twice. It was concerning it had my password and that on one of the emails the sender had the same last name as me. I filed a report.

A black mailer sent me an text message that a guy I met online was being taken into custody at an airport in Georgia for having drugs in a luggage. They kept on wanting me to use Bitcoin websites asking me to send money. In the amount of $500. Asking me to send money. I never sent any. The phone number was a not from Georgia either. It was a New York phone number. I refused to be scammed or blackmailed either.

I got this today, what an empty threat LOL. I could care less if someone saw me visiting an adult website, I'm old enough to visit adult websites.

yup, got the same one. i haven't used that password in a while but i remember an instance of data being breached (on a gov website nonetheless) but i didn't use that password when it happened so it freaked me out.

feels reassuring to know it's a very specific phishing e-mail...i actually considered e-mailing them and saying "go ahead no one i know, including family, employers, or landlord, would honestly be that disturbed. i'm the one being exploited for being a human on the internet after all."

I got 5 days ago same as these. To pay $4105 via Bitcoin.

Got the same email yesterday (to pay $5433 in Bitcoin) and it did freak me out as it was an old password that they noted but I do not use the password anymore. Started changing many passwords on my accounts, including my email account. Going to continue to change more passwords today and did file a report to the FTC.

I received an email from my own gmail email address attempting to "extort" me and demanding payment in bitcoin.

I just got it. Now the going rate has gone up to 6907 bitcoin. It's more annoying than anything else as the password is one I occasionally use so now I have to change everything,

I received the same email today.

For me the amount was 4082, think they have something that changes based on percieved "wealth"?

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