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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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Found the same scam email trying to extort money from me ($1,007), listing an old email password that I haven’t used in a very long time. Having had security training in a previous job enabled me to see the warning signs like unknown name of sender, misspellings, poor grammar, and the biggest clue it was a scam was the threat of sending something to friends & family about an adult site I supposedly visited. I had to burst out laughing at that. Unfortunately, the tone of the email does put panic in some people and cause them to fall for the scam.

Noticed more or less same e-mail in my junk mail folder today, it was sent 6 days ago. I didn't comply with their demands, for what they gave me 24-hurs deadline, and nothing happened. It is quite obvious that they don't have anything on anyone except leaked passwords which can be easily obtained on black market.

I lost some sleep over this scam. Thanks for posting. I will change the very old password referenced in the e-mail

I got a text message with the same threat. Have others revived texts?

I received the email too - giving me 24 hours to send them $2000 in bitcoin or they will send my supposed vídeo to my contacts.

Got one riday that wanted 1023 dolkar or they woul post a video of me watching porn. Well. I am very old. And my memory is not what it used to be. I never have watched porn! They used an old oasword that i have only used on job sites. Just be aware of job sites

I received THE email this morning. Note: it never mentioned my name. Same threat for Bitcoin. "My Bitcoin Wallet (BTC Wallet): bc1qcq75a63xsnt7hfqcvx5vvnnrxaevkw4kgt5fet" Just last night my Walmart account was hacked & over $4,000 worth of merchandise ordered in 2 hours. Thank God, AmEx is on the ball and texted me about possible fraudulent charges. Just wonder if this is a coincidence or if they are linked. I've seen online many hacked WalMart account complaints. After spending all night on the phone & my computer, all my passwords have been changed & I have upgraded my AVG on my phone. Now I'm considering a VPN change. Any thoughts?

this is the email I received today:I
I know Ni4 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 $1010.
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: 3FdpxDqCmpjr7Seo8KZ88YzFgXVD71jLxF
[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 got the exact same email today. Word for word. Did anything come of it? Was anything at all sent to your contacts?

I received this exact email August 22. I didn't check my spam until now and I really freaked out that they really had one of my current passwords. Started changing one by one

Thankyou FTC for spreading awareness

I got one, the mo is very similar, claiming i went to an adult web(despite me hadnt been there in months), asking bitcoin, and showing password(wasnt mine, one of the family members, perhaps when I used it? Or because we have same IP address?), it was ignored for 10 days because i did not open my emails often, and nothing happen. So i do wish this is just a scam.

Did anyone actually have it sent to their contacts?

I have recieved a email tonight demanding 0.0062 bitcoins which is £53 or they will expose me apparently they have given me a jumbled up load of numbers and letters saying if I didn't send it they knew where I lived they said they have people watching me and told me the address of my family is this a scam to make me send money

Here's one I received from "Joseph Murphy"

Roberts@
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 $1067. 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: 3K2qbZ1Kk6c8mtaUY3 Jzv35Xrryx 5WSE1P
[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 wasn’t sure who to report the email I received today. I sent it to Internet crime complaint center. I now not sure that was the right thing to do. After I spoke to a relative about this and they connected me to this website

I also got one email today.
Stating that they have stolen my passwrd from porn website.bt I never visited any pornsite intentionally. They r giving warning to share my video with my frnds in social sites
Should I worry about this?Or just ignore it.

I received one earlier today. Funny cause it went straight to spam. They wanted 1250 and even said how to use Bitcoin and to not reply and that they know that I read the message. Knew it was fake since it went to spam with a red flag. Unfortunately I deleted the message along with all spam messages. Hopefully i will receive another and this time save it

I received one of these emails this morning. The sender, a “Bobby Hughes” said he had my entire FB Messenger contact list and that he would send the video to all of them. Coincidentally, I received a FB message this morning from a Bobby, asking about an item I had for sale. He tried to get my address, but I gave him the address for the Target down the street, at which point he said that was too far from him. Seems oddly coincidental.

Got one today.

I just got this exact one today. Made me think since they knew my password but I use an external monitor so they can't get webcam footage of me anyway lol

I just get these randomly on rare occasions. They always make the same claim and demand the same thing, but there's no similarities in the way they're written. I'm pretty sure a majority of these are just thrown at randomly generated email addresses.

I also have received a mail threathening me that they have my video recording and asking for 600 USD bitcoin to bc1qh5w9e539rpqwam259ec08ddlvpaupv58527zhg wallet during 24 hours and they said they have downloaded my contacts from social media and gmail.They also said they will not tell how they did it but councel you to keep your antivirus updated and avoid visiting pornsites, which i think i have only used 1 time till date.That too 4-5 months back.I filed a complaint with cybercrime.

I just looked in my spam folder and found this exact spam email had come through on July 12th. It was a password I haven't used in years, so I don't know which specific website was compromised. Just filed an FTC complaint.

Same scenario. Threatening email in my spam with incorrect password, dated July 30, as follows:

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 $1074.

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: (removed)

[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.

Yes, so i received on of these emails the other day. Now i must say i was alarmed when i noticed one of my recent passwords at the top of their scummy email.

In reading through their verbal trash it started to dawn on me that this, was pure nonsense. Their email didn't make sense as they said "If you want proof, reply 'Yeah' and i will send this to 8 of your contacts". Hahaha, why not just attach proof to the email so i know you were serious you utter mugs, why reply with just "Yeah" why not "Proof". Probably to validate my email address? If this was ligitimate...
1. Proof would have been attach already.
2. Why would you need to even ask for the proof.
3. If you did ask for proof, why would they then send it to your friends and not to you? That would mean they have ruined their own blackmail because now they will be getting nothing hahahaha.

Other things i noticed, bad grammar, spelling mistakes, the amount asked for was totally random and unusual - $1004? Why not just $1000?

Felt like responding to them laughing in their face telling them, "Send the video and we can all have a good laugh about it"

As before, all i am concerned about is the password showing in the email. So .. all passwords changed, all strong, all different.

The things people will do for money eh!

Anybody who is worried, don't be. Simply change passwords to strong and different ones and go on with your day.

Scammers, one of the lowest forms of trash on the planet swirling about with the rest if the planets trash.

I keep getting and email that show up with my old password saying " no has paid me to do this I have access to my camera and say it infected with malware and they will hack my email and all my medias if I don't pay them" I found this email in spam and its a password I changed in 2017 I had the email atleast 3 times.

Can anyone please recommend in which category should this be filed on this page.. https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
There are a few categories on the left.. I'm confused. Thanks

I just received this email in my spam and I would say I was so scary! Thanks for sharing your experiences in this website. I reported him in the FTC website. He asked for $1070 for not sharing my video. I'm completely sure I never watched that kinda videos he was threatening me about!

Today I received this email:

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 $1029.

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: 1MWiG63WvjtCc2p7sc6T6BRARLY8HYm9ym
[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.

Received one of these the other day, found it in my spam folder early Monday. Since it arrived 7/29 and gave a time limit of 50 hrs, I think there may be a recurrence of this thing.
The threat was also very vague, citing "your device's OS" instead of specifics.
I think it had the same "Mono" signature as someone had mentioned down below, but I instinctively deleted it before reading it thoroughly, so I don't know if it had a password of mine. Changed all of my relevant ones, just to be safe.

Any assurance that this is still an ongoing scam? There shouldn't be anything that they would be able to use, but the idea of someone having access to my devices is unnerving, and with the prevalence of deepfakes, they could make a facsimile of me do just about anything.

Just received one regarding a 50 hour time limit and knowing when you read the message on August 2nd. Anyone else receive this?

I received a scam email from an "untraceable" hacker 6 days ago on an old email address. The person stated that they had hacked into my OS when I "visited adult website" and recorded me doing "very disgusting" things. I found the scam email disturbing, but I deleted it forever without giving it another thought. Creepy people trying to extort anyone they can.

The "person" who sent the email to me trying to extort me for $1000 in Bitcoin had a name on the email: Mallory Barnett. Also, the email went straight to my scam folder.

I know XXXX (password deleted by me) 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 $1029.
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: 14hABbSWJnTUxGLVbmy6Xs56pdLdBrZ4D1

[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 received below
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: urgent message
Date: 2020-08-07 03:13
From: info @
To: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Reply-To: William Hudelmaier <news@
You don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right? Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen
and webcam. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account. What exactly did I do?

I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).

What should you do? Well, I believe, $1400 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
BTC Address: 1DbNfCLvw uHAfn3L9Scc EpooBgc2KAS pxN
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it) Important: You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel
within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.

I received this some days ago.

I know ****** (real junk password that I use for random account, nothing important) 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 $1024.

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: 1G2rEucfUfWy3EnKUYesdNotSq4oHbr7KW

[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 got one today - very unnerving! I sent it to SPAM with out reading it completely, and then deleted all SPAM.

I got 2 of these on 30 July over here in the UK. Same body message as the ones posted here, but from two different names. Didn't know I had either message until I checked my spam folder today.

They did use one of my old passwords.

Laughable part was their claim to have used my webcam. I don't have one connected as I have no use for one and my elderly PCs certainly don't have any onboard.

Hi, I got an email saying that they have hacked my OS device's when I visit adult website. that they have been watching my activity for the last two months.
"Now I have all your contacts, sm data and all logs from chats for the latest 2 months but is not vey useful without something that can spoil you reputation.."
"I can destroy your life by sending this stuff to everybody you know, if you want me to delete this stuff and avoid any problems you have to send $1000 to my bitcoin"

Don't try to respond because this email is generated
Don't try co complain because this and my bitcoin address can't be traced down.

Can anyone tell me how to report this email and what should I do, about my computer and phone, should I delete everything or take it a professional ??

Yeah unfortunately has happened, but at least I didn’t freak out too much since I haven’t used the password in years and I never watched that kind of stuff. Then the Mail mentioned “coworkers”? Well mate I don’t work just yet sooo. I think I know where it was from though. There was a recent breach on Wattpad since I got a mail warning. Changed password immediately and I think it’s from there, any other social media etc didn’t have that password. Make sure you check websites, specially those you haven’t changed passwords in a while.

Same as many others. One thing that got me is that I used unique passcodes EVERYWHERE (no 2 sites have the same code) - The one in particular they gave me is ONLY used on the system router for our internet (DLink 868) - wondering the the router itself was the central point of the hack.
Oh well, change passwords on everything and move forward. I'd love to see the video they have on me - keeping in mind I have no camera on the only computer in the house!

Received email 8/13/2020. Very similar if not exactly similar to other posts. First part reads:
I know whalebites2 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 $1029.

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: 1LTALdFCCagC8iQeUizY7SKm5QvqeczmAG
[case SeNSiTiVe, copy & paste it]

This happened to me today and they did have my password that I use in 103 accounts so it has taken me all day to close out bank cards and change passwords in different accounts. It is easier to use the same PW but risky with saved credit card information.

Has anyone received emails where the subject line and body text are in Portuguese? Or rather, according to google translate, a Brazilian dialect of Portuguese? After receiving THE email (with an old password in the subject line) the contents of which have been shared here and used reasonably good English, but was written on a non-US keyboard, I've received several emails reminding me that something, some bill, is about to come due. Makes me think that whoever sent the original email eventually gave up after getting no response but they shared the email address with a Brazilian cohort.

Hi, I have no idea which account this password is from, for all non important things, like shopping websites my debit card is not attached to, I use the same password. Is there any way I can figure that out from what they say? The email didn’t tell me what account it is from, just “I know ... is one of your password on day of hack..”

I received the same email on 5th Aug 2020, black mailing me to pay 1009USD for pornographic videos. My pc does not have an inbuilt cam. This is a huge scam, do not respond. File a complaint

That just happened to me on Friday! Scary stuff. Updated PWs Looks like they tried again yesterday!

Today I got an email demand for Bitcoin from this entity:
lesbiansfamilycom@ They got in through my email, they say, and can see everything on my computer. I don't know if that's true, but it's scary. I cannot figure out how to protect my email. I have malware detector on my laptop, but these emails are coming in.

I have been receiving emails saying they are from Paypal, but the actual address looks like henrywater 26@ .Each one says I made a payment to Bitcoin Exchange for $499.98. I have not made these purchases. Nothing has shown up in my bank, yet. The number given for assistance of course does not work. What is this about? Thanks.

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