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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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Hello,
I received two of these emails from different names in the last week. Both emails have similar messages, but variations in wording on each threat. I did find it shocking to see an old email password displayed. I remember the email breach reported years ago and recognized that this password may live on old websites, but not the ones I use regularly. I did update all my passwords and did report the emails on the FTC site.

I just received a similar email, and reported to FTC/Complaint.

Just got the same thing this morning. Using one of my passwords as the subject line, and stating that they accessed my computer through an adult site, and malware. They said that they have video that they are going to send to 3 of my contacts if I don't pay them $2000 bitcoin within 24 hours of clicking on the email. They said that the video was from accessing my web cam while on an adult site, and they said if you want proof, reply and ask and they will send it to 3 contacts. This was the first that I've received from them, but I'm sure I will get another tomorrow.

I guess 2k bitcoin is the going rate... Sounds like you & I have the same pen pal!! eMailed to me today, showing an old password, porn shame, all of it. I was so freaked out I just deleted it. It was in my spam folder. Sooo happy I Googled it & found this site at the top of the search results. SUCH a relief!

I am also in the same boat as you! I got the email on 5/13/20 demanding the same things! So happy I found this website!

After reading all these posts, I figured it out that they got my information from Fanatics.com sports website. Immediately changed the password and will contact fanatics tomorrow and complain about not notifying me about their security breach.

I received the same email today, May 13th. They did have an old password that I no longer use. I updated all of my other passwords just to be safe.

I received my first email 5/13/20 and immediately reported this blackmail. I will not respond to any of them. The password in the email is old and not active. The allegations are not true.

I received the demand for bitcoin email otherwise they would release compromising video to my contacts. It was concerning because the password that they had was valid. I called the police to inform them and went to the FTC website to also record it.

I just received one yesterday, in early May.

Just filed a complaint after I talked to a representative from FTC. Fortunately, the password mentioned and used as the email subject line is a generic password I used for non essential account.

I just received one yesterday, in early May threatening to send photos or videos.

The email I got had a .br domain, which is Brazil.

Got one today too. It was sent to an email account I have been trying to phase out, I shut it down today. Really creepy people in this world, disturbing

I got this exact email today... 5/13/20 asking for $2000 in bitcoin. I had used the password they mentioned in the email for a couple of accounts including in monster.com a while ago.

I got the same email on May 12, 2020 and it really rattled me. It was so creepy to think someone hacked into my account and knew an old password! My girlfriend looked the scam up and found this on the FTC website. They use threatening tactics and blackmail to get what they wanted, which was Bitcoins (2K). This is the first I've heard of this one.

I received an email yesterday in a similar fashion. They used an old password that I had several years ago. Like many of you, they asked for $2,000 in bitcoin within 24 hours. I submitted a complaint with the FBI through there website, www.ic3.gov.

Just got two e-mailed threats 5-14-20 demanding $2000 in bitcoin claiming they have one of (very old from 2006) passwords and they're threatening to expose me to family, friends and coworkers for doing something embarrassing and personal in front of my camera's computer. First, I never have done such a thing and 2nd, my camera has been covered. They're threatening and nasty letters - just reported the two rather wordy and poorly written blackmails to the FTC - definitely not from someone who speaks colloquial English

I have received blackmailing email yesterday. They wanted me to buy USD 2000 in bitcoins and sent it to link they provided. otherwise they will send incriminating video of me to my friends... It was scary because they had my password to my bank account. But I kept cool head. Don't believe these scammers and report them.

Got a email if this variety today person’s email was “Kurtis” an old password of mine was the subject line and it went on to try and blackmail saying they had screenshots of a webcam when i was looking at a porn site. And even included a (you have interesting taste lol) what they heck? I don’t even have a webcam only iPhones. Also mentioned something about a Facebook contact list (i disabled my Facebook Account over two years ago) they threatened the same, to send money within 24 hours, 2000 bitcoin money. I reported to FTC and blocked the email account and deleted it. Wish i would have screenshot it to send to the fbi site. This honestly scared me to death, although i feel better knowing other people have seen this scam. It’s so sad at this horrible time that this is going on. Hopefully, i will not receive anymore emails like this. Gave me a panic attack. But it is definitely an old password that was compromised she’s ago. I would advise for people to update passwords more diligently as i certainly will now.

Just opened an email from Kermie with the same threat. Old password in subject line. Made my heart skip a few beats knowing someone had one of my old passwords. All recently changed anyway so I’m not worried but freaked me out a little nonetheless.

I received email dated 05/14/2020 at 2:17pm in my Yahoo mail from Xavier<pdvayd@ requesting $2000 bitcoins be sent to 1KiVsQ*uP brRcEeWix r23QjgXLmGa eyyxbY or they will release sexually explicit videos of me to my contacts. There are no such videos of me so I printed the email and deleted it. All the information posted in your scan report was basically dictated in my email. Thanks for your efforts to control these scam artists.

I received one of these on May 13. Thank goodness this page exists to confirm it was scam. The person put an old password in the subject line and I swear I felt my blood run cold. They claim they have a "cam video" of me which is how I knew it was fake but honestly, the parts about knowing my contacts, etc. was pretty scary.

I submitted a complaint on the FTC website (under Robocalls, unwanted telemarketing, text or SPAM) but let me know if I filed it under the wrong heading. I wasn't sure if this was the correct category.

Thank you Bridget Small and FTC for the clear, direct message and for facilitating this public discourse. These hackers seek to capitalize on fear and ignorance. We regain our power through forums like this.

I got one of these today I don't understand why they haven't been caught and punished for this. But thank you for the information and that is not something you really have to worry about I will look into changing my passwords again.

This is so helpful. I got one of these emails 3 days ago giving me 24 hours to send $2000 in bitcoins or they would send videos to 9 random friends. It starts off with an old password and then threatens to make me spend my life in embarrassment if I don't comply. Unfortunately I cancelled the email account before I saved a copy of the email. It was quite unnerving but it did cause me to change the passwords on all my accounts and not use the same one on any of the accounts. It also prompted me to do the research that led me to this site. If these scammers would use their ingenuity for good they could make a difference.

I received one this morning after I purchased a set of sheets on line. The screen at first flashed with an old maiden name and an old password. I removed the old password but did not realize the old last name until after I ordered. I contacted the selling company right away. Here is what they said. "To be perfectly honest, Im not entirely sure why your name would have changed if you entered it manually and did not use a payment account like PayPal or ShopPay to enter your billing information". So for now, I can only guess it was something picked up from an old paypal account which was never used under the old maiden name, but that sort of information is total public record and easy to simply google. The did use the auto fill. Lesson learned, never auto fill because it is is easy. I did report it this morning. Please everyone, stay safe out there. <3

I got a bunch of emails today from different senders with an old but correlation the time password.
It may or may not have been a site I would not visit today....

I received a blackmail scam today. I was threatened with a release of a porno film of myself, if I didn’t send $2000 in bitcoins. They had my email and one of my passwords.
I have deleted the message, and will ignore any future contact.

Got the same this week and it was demanding exactly as the others have mentioned in this thread. It is scary that they can get these passwords....but their claims are far fetched and if you can slow your heart rate to think clearly you will realize its BS. Constant vigilance on the password front required forever.

I've got two of these emails over the past few days. They quoted a password I use for all logins that don't involve money. I have thought for a while that this was a risk. So now I am slowly changing all my passwords to complex ones. That's going to take a while but it will be worth it.

I've received x3 emails now demanding bitcoin donations in various amounts. I've laughed & ignored them all, but they do have a very old password I can only assume has come from a recent data breach. They also claim they have all my email contacts, social media contacts & all recent activity on my laptop (which I barely use). They money they're claiming is laughable & I don't have, so post away, mate. Send this video you have of me, we can all have a good laugh about it.

I just got this email the other night. It happened eerily after a seller on Craigslist started info mining me and threatened to publish my (and family) personal (yet public - address, phone number) info on sex dating sites for trying to make sure he wasn't a scammer. Needless to say, I called the police. I called them because, what are the chances, I actually DO have videos on an adult site out there (without my face). It all sounded too legit except for the fact I keep my webcam covered and my other cam unplugged when not in use. The password they provided is a password I have used on many sites over the years, so I'm not even sure where to begin on changing that one. I'm glad to see it is a legitimate scam and the guy from Craigslist wasn't trying to blackmail me. I just received a second email in my spam folder today.

Same for me. I read about Linked In on here and sure enough, there was a fake linked in profile for me using the email and password, which was an old password.

I have gotten three emails with different sender names on them in just the past few hours. Going to delete them and update my passwords.

I received an email blackmail to pay in bitcoin to them or else they will release a video of me. The email came from iomnuh@

I received one this morning from ‘Yoshiko’
demanding $2000 of Bitcoin. I’ve just deleted it. From how the script goes.. it’s obvious it’s a load of nonsense.

I just got this email today asking for 2k in bitcoin. I knew it was a scam since it said it had my Facebook contacts. I don’t have Facebook. However it did have the correct password I had just used to log into an account on my smart tv.

They threatened me by saying they had porn video of me....not. And it said they had used my webcam to watch us. Very disturbing to say the least but I knew none of what they said was true.

Needless to say, I will change passwords.

I just got this email today. I just logged in to HULU and Netflix on Friday. Low and behold theses accounts were the only two that had that password. It is one of those with the breAch

Threatening email from ovxlau@ Wanting me to send bitcoins or attacking my emails

Received bitcoin scam email with partial password used many year before especially for job websites. The content is exactly same as mentioned by others with ransom amount 2000$

I keep on receiving a lot of emails from pornographic websites. I’ve reported them as spam and blocked those types of website and emails they still get though to my inbox still. When I check my emails in the morning; there’s like 200 pornographic emails and I’m tired of it! I’ve tried to investigate and email those emails back; but emails come back undeliverable.. Any advise, anyone? Thanks

Got one this morning. They got an old password from an account I haven't used in years. I don't have a cam on my computer and I don't have a facebook account, but the fact that they had ANY correct password, active or not, was jarring. Filed a report.

I received a blackmail threat also..the person/s have my facebook password and are attempting to BLACK mail me. I am reaching out to report it.

I received the same “Porn site” email to my yahoo email address. It was from “Ronny” at bglahl@ . I can’t remember where or when I used the password. Other people have said their password mentioned was from MySpace. That might be the case for me too. Thank you for the info I’m going to report it too.

I got an email yesterday from someone using the email name of Neill. He had an old password. Claiming he had me using porn sites and making an obscene video that he caught in my web cam. Going to send to all my contacts if I did not send$2000 in bit coin
I had done neither but it scares you. This website helped I also took to my local police and they said is a scam

Noticed one today in spam. Aggressive tone. Tried to send it to report phishing but it was bounced back again. So I guess i am due for more of these.

I had this a few days ago, they claimed they hacked my website database and for a fee of $2000 BTC they would fix / secure it. Their BTC address is:
1HGxLfhnMzPEzWD7YeBwtWUGj3E2Q2YJKE

I received the threat yesterday on a email account I currently use but honestly have no memory of ever using the password listed. The threat demanded $200000 bit coin. So the scammers are still active.

I received the same email yesterday. Reported it to FTC as well as bitcoinabuse.com

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