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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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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

FTC
Can we get an update on this?
Has any real information/videos been sent to contact list?
This is very alarming stuff and updates are needed
Thanks!

Received the scam-extortion communication from a: "Madelina <uccnmg @ >" on May 19th. Can forward the e-mail to the FTC if it's wanted.

1HemcRxg9GjasY*GaduieWusjgH2W1q4R6a. This is where they wanted me to send the money

I did not get an email today, but instead I got a text message. Same routine (video, quoted my 10+-year old street address, threatened me to pay up via a BTC url, and as proof, gave me one of my really old passwords that I don't even use anymore). It is quite scary! They should be caught and have to pay dearly.

So glad someone posted they received it in a text message, I also received the threat as a photo of a text yesterday with a QR code to send the Bitcoin. Feel better after reading all the comments, they did not include any passwords or email addresses just the threat. After reading other messages I just changed my LinkdIn password.

I got a text too, just yesterday. Maybe they are switching from emails to text...Hope Karma catches up to them!

I received some sort of letter year ago. There was something about internet history and porn. Was scary, but of course I did nothing and nothing happened. And I got email like You in April, nothing happened. Trust me, if they had something on You, they would show it in mail. Sounds realistic only because almost all watch porn, but its not a crime. Sorry about my English.

Very scary stuff and I’m glad I found this website. I have visited some of these sites which put even more stress on the situation but being that everyone is receiving the same generic message gives me some relief.
I also checked out Bitcoin Scams and there is a huge article on this . Supposedly these emails have been sent to MILLIONS of people worldwide. It is labeled Sextortion.
Unfortunately some people were scared enough to make payments and they have profited $500,000 on this.
My question is why is bitcoin not shut down ? Without a way for these creeps to receive funds this whole thing would go away.

Got one of those the other day as well requesting Bitcoin payment because of an old password that they obtained.
email from: dmbkpn@v

I just received such a message a text message demanding .3 bitcoin to 1E8QYfpo9AmGxVHy6TqHT6gp8WTAvL4bd5 The funny thing is their proof was a password I've never used.

I got a text message too asking for the same amount

I got this as a text message from one phone number yesterday asking for .3 bitcoin and another text message from a different number today asking for 300 bitcoin. Same threats that these e-mails are listing too. Yesterday the deadline given was 21 hours. Today the deadline given was 24 hours. The threat didn't even list my name ... it listed my father's. I just deleted them.

1GY*KPJeTUzN11yFsRvqtTu9LXXqXbr7FTs

I guess there's no way to trace who's at the end of bitcoin wallet eh ?

Or an email domain?

vlnrcv@

I received something almost exactly like this, but via text not email. Has anyone gotten text?

I received a text message today that matches this almost exactly. Concerning that they had not only my name and old password, but was able to match it to a phone number.

Did anyone get one of these via text? I got one in my email and deleted it then a text message a few days later.

I received 3 of these emails in my spam folder. I already submitted to ic3.gov. Should I submit here too?

I got a text message, too. Same routine porn threat with my name and password; asking for 0.3 bitcoin to 19NYf7AvNKsQ1119KBEPzMsZMuqjHVVdES. A week ago, I noticed that someone was trying to login to my Yahoo account. Glad I am using a password manager and two-factor authentication!

Mine was actually sent as a text message to one of our phone lines.. has anyone receives texts or all just spam emails..

This is a scam that’s been happening since 2008 to numerous people around the world they threaten my friend a couple months ago stating that they had video of him on his WebCams and maybe he should cover his camera next time thing is He doesn’t have any cameras in the house this is a big scam the email is auto generated. Don’t send any money to these people. This is one email that it is coming from POSTMASTER@
When you try to copy the email it is replaced with numbers for the spaces so that you can’t read the message when it is sent out how this is done is when they type the message the white out the numbers for the spaces so that when you try to copy it and paste it on a new form the numbers appear. I too also was hit with Scam unfortunately for them I am the wrong person to do this to.

This is the text I received on Thursday, May 22.
guilt for the rest of your life. I know a lot of things concerning you. Your current facebook contact list, mobile phone contacts as well as all the onli
u a one time, no negotiable offer. Purchase $ 3000 in BTC and send them to this address 14pTS1D2dvGuzaoe5Z9XhrKKTZfZWd9TUu (copy-paste-it) (If you do not
understand how, look online how to acquire BTC. Do not waste my precious time). After you send this 'donation' (why don't we call it that?), I will vani
ng by triggering your camera. I own the whole recording. In the case you think I 'm playing around, simply reply proof and I will be forwarding the parti

Got the EXACT same txt on May 25th! Showed it to local police. One of them said they received one. Said to ignore it and block number.

I got the exact same text. I showed it to the police and they agreed its a scam. I changed some passwords and put a block on my phone. It is very unsettling. I wish they could catch and punish these creeps.

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