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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.

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I just got one yesterday from a New York number. It said "Hey" twice then I sent a picture back of me flipping him off, blocked the number and then deleted the message.

I received a similar blackmail scam email today with a password I used over 10 years ago. I don't even remember what account I used it for and I haven't used it for anything since.

There have been several very large data breaches in the past few years and I know for a fact I’ve been part of one or two of them. I’ve received 3 of these emails in the past month or so. From what I read it’s a scam. Just change ALL your passwords and you should be ok.

Wen changing your password(s) using multiple sites, be careful. Try to figure out what site(s) the password came from. If you change all of your passwords the scammer may have access to the breached sites AND now knows the passwords to all of your sites.

Here's an idea: For sites containing valuable personal information (banking sites, sites that use ANY part of a social security number, credit card sites, etc) use strong passwords with at least TWO special characters in the password. Also use different passwords for each site. Yes, it's a pain remembering different passwords, but you will be happy if you are ever hacked or is someone does get your passwords.

I received the same email today. Wanted me to send $1900 in bitcoin or the will share the video with my contacts.

I just received one of these today. I received one a couple of years ago using the same password (old yahoo password, I think). I changed it back then. The scammers must be using an old database.

I just received one of these emails and it used a password I've never even used before.

I recieved one of these emails today. They had a password that was used on an account back in 2008. I have 24 hours to pay $1900 to bitcoin. Thanks to this article, I will not be paying anything. But I will be updating my passwords and changing my spam filter.

Got one today from ixwpenelopeof@outlook.com....it was a variation of ones I received a couple weeks ago.

Received 2 emails now threatening I have been being watched on my webcam and that they know my passord and will send pics out to all contacts if I do not send bitcoin.It says Recorded You and has this as senders email Master84@

I always laugh because I don't have a webcam!

I got one 2 days ago. It was lengthy and graphic and gave 24 hours to pay 2000 bitcoins. Judging from the (old) password used in the subject field, they got my email from a data breach at a company for which I free-lanced a few years ago. The idea of them disseminating cooking and quilting videos to my contacts gave me a good laugh.

I just received one - had 24 rs to pay 3K in bitcoin or would post post sex videos etc. had a password...Disturbing to say the least. I am filing a report to the FTC now.

Just got this today they want $3,000 except the password they said they had is a 15 number Password which I would never have used who could remember that

Has anyone here ever actually had these threats turn into reality? Do these scammers ever carry thru with their threats and make these videos public?

I got a email like this beginning week it said to send 3,000 and it had that bitcoin symbol if I didn't send it said they would expose webcam pics. Oh really don't have any I deleted the email how can I block these scam emails.

I've been getting these randomly for a couple of years, and of course ignore them. They usually appear in my spam folder anyhow.
But the last week or two, the amount of spam with this message has increased alarmingly! Almost to the point that one might say its a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).
The last week I have received HUNDREDS of these messages in my spam folder. The contents are identical, but each sender usually has a fake email name differing by a couple of digits.
Obviously generated by some spambot.
It is perhaps a virus that is being spread around, with a target address such as mine.

I got this I Recorded You email that included my old password four times yesterday. The return address is Mastr Zlux with number that change with every email. Fortunately, it went to my alternate email that I rarely use, and I have since changed the password on the email account.

I recieved an email yesterday 6/12/20

I received a similar email. Something of bitcoins and that they supposedly generated a backup of my files and stuff like that. They demanded $500 to keep this so called secret, whatever that may be. Unfortunately, for them I’m no fool.

I randomly checked my spam emails and saw a message from eleven days ago with the subject, "I RECORDED YOU!" and the body of the message starting with, "Hey, I know one of your password is: ********* I'm a hacker and program..." and I can't see the rest since I didn't click on it. I'm guessing, after reading all of these similar experiences, that they threatened to expose a video of me looking up adult websites or something? Since I know that's not true, I'm not worried. I am curious, however, as to which website they got that password from, even though it's one that I specifically use for website accounts that I know aren't important/don't contain important information - so joke is on them :)

I received two of these from different people, one for 2000 Bitcoin the other for 5000 Bitcoin. They sent it to an email address I rarely use but I had been wondering why someone keeps trying to reset my Facebook password as I've changed it from that password long ago and I have Facebook set to ignore those and for two factor sign in. Guess they got mad and have been trying to log into my Facebook to start stuff.. jokes on them

I think something that would be helpful to everyone here is the site or account (obviously not YOUR account info..) people find the old password was linked to. Could help others locating that decade old account they forgot about.

I'm getting the same nonsense too and thankfully it's an old password from a very old router from a long time ago. The last two days I got this from this email Butterfly@ and this email Butterfly@ and I know it's the same person coming from Kazakhstan. I had to Google the ip address which is in the email. I hope that this person is caught and arrested. Also do the following, unplug your router every other day which would reset everything to avoid nonsense like this, delete it or report it. Change your password if necessary and run a malware program on your computer as well as your anti virus just in case. Otherwise, this person who's pulling this is another loser who doesn't know anything and is desperate for money. So fight them.

It happened to me this morning...29th June 2020. Those guys dont rest, I was not even concerned or threatened, just junked the mail. Be careful Guys, dont pay no money to no one.

I received 7 phone calls from the same robocall with different numbers. I filed a complaint to stop these calls, they continue to call.

I recieved one of these emails a week ago and recieved another one today, and I've been getting these emails now for several months. They always use the name of an old password as title of the email and demand $5000 of bitcoins. The name of the email adresse that send these are always different, gibberish names followed by an @outlook.com email adress. I have gotten spam emails like these in the past but were never this threatening and persistent before. Im happy I didn't fall for this and I hope no one else has. I have reported these extortion attempts to the FTC and can only hope those responsible are caught and brought to justice.

Received this same spam email last month and it is identical in detail to everyone's here. Same circumstance old password on old accounts, need to do some digital clean-up.

THX for all of your inputs.

Received three of these emails today titled "Video of You" It wanted me to send $500 to an Etherium wallet using a password I stopped using when I was a teenager, still kind of stressful though.

I’ve received one of these emails. Exactly as described at the beginning of this page. Thank you, for looking into these occurrences

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