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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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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.

You can't really block them because they use a different spoofed email address each time. Even if you block one address, the next one would just come in from another address.

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 got another porno scam recently. The last data breach, according to my security app says was in 2012 from monster.com. This scam email asks for 3K in bitcoin and gives a wallet QR Code. The email text is not the same font from beginning to end but the English isn't particularly that poor. Hope you can catch them.

How do they send me emails FROM my own email address?! Anyone else have this problem with only an old att or sbc global account?

I got one also. scared me until I found this. I deleted the email cause I didn’t want that in my emails. But I reported the address before I did.

Hi everyone, I keep on getting these emails too. I have reported 2 to the FTC and I am still getting these. I also reported them to spoof at Microsoft as they were coming from Outlook. The emails stopped for a while, but now they are back again. I am thinking of closing down that email account and going to another account as these emails are very disturbing. The latest did not say Outlook so I think they are coming from somewhere else now. They keep on giving different names all the time. Then I looked up the names and they are nowhere to be found online. Also they always come at the beginning of the week and the end of the week. I am going to keep reporting them and hope someone prosecutes these frauds.

I've gotten three of these emails in the last month. Each came to the email address and specified the password I used with a Shell credit card account issued by Citi over 10 years ago. There were a number of big credit card data breaches at Citi in about 2010. I cancelled the card at about that time. The important thing is to use a different password for each of your accounts.

Yes, I have received two of these, as well! What I want to know is....in this day and age with the quantum leap in technical/cyber abilities, why can't these slimeballs be "backtracked" within moments by the authorities???

Have been looking for work and of course getting a lot of spam and scam e-mails. The latest one asks if I want to work as an "Administrative Assistant with USA Crypto Security", to receive funds remittance from partners and process them. Stating that they want someone to purchase bitcoin online as working through regular banking services is very costly and painstaking for them.
This appears to be a modification of the receiving and shipping packages scam that has been going on for some time. In this case they let you know that you'll only work 7-15 hours a week and that you'll be paid monthly. Of course, a month later you'll have a very difficult time catching up to them and who knows what legal trouble they'll have gotten you into as well. Be safe and be smart.

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.

Until I see headlines in the news of people losing their livelihoods due to have all their personal web activity and videos and screenshots being sent to their employers and loved ones because they didn't pay out bitcoin randsom, I think you can all safely laugh this one off. But do make sure that if the password they post in subject line is one you actually still use, change it to a 10 character password on any sites where you use it. Other than that...BLOCK/then DELETE, and go on with your life.

My 83 year old mom just got one of these emails. It scared her half to death. Changed her password and submitted a report. Hoping this stops the emails.

I checked an email I don't use much anymore and got this bitcoin scam email on May 24th. It had my old password in the subject line. Demanding 2000 bitcoins or they will expose me. Shame I didn't check this site before to report it. I just blocked and spam reported it. It was from Ron(can't remember the rest).

I received this email today.
Overview:

I installed a malware on the adult vids (sex sites) site, and there's more, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean). Once you were there on the website, my malware took control of your browser. It started operating as a keylogger and remote desktop protocol which gave me access to your webcam. Immediately after that, my software collected your complete contacts from your Messenger, FB, and email. I created a double-screen video. First part shows the video you were watching (you have a good taste lol . . .), and the second part displays the recording of your webcam.

Precisely what should you do?

Well, I believe, $1900 is a fair price for our little secret. You will make the payment through Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search

BTC Address:
bc1qdcnd^^jd7fjnccy2v08hr^^25huzwj223^^67yta3dxj
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it and remove ^^ from it)

Note:

You have one day to make the payment. (I've a specific pixel within this message, and now I know that you have read through this email).

If I do not receive the payment, I will send your video recording to all of your contacts, including your relatives, and colleagues. However, if I do get paid, the video will be destroyed immediately.

If you need evidence, reply with

This is a non-negotiable offer. Please don't waste my personal time and yours by replying to this email.

Ches

I got one the other day and it had the password I currently use, but since I am a teenager, I knew it was a scam. I have no bitcoin and I researched it right away. I don't trust anything in my spam folder. I just don't know how they got my password. Time to change it.

I received 2 such emails, one on June11, 2020 and then again on June 21. Both were from different senders. One wanted $2000 Bit coin and the other $3000. I did not read either email entirely before I deleted them, but one did say it installed a key logger on my PC from an adult site and it had a pixel tracker in the email. Not sure what that is? From reading this site I feel a little better.

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

Same. My number is literally on the fed Do Not Call List yet they still call me everyday from various numbers.

received a similar e-mail today mentioned recorded video and asked for $700 bitcoins. They did not show any password, plus I don't have any webcam either.
total Scam

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

I got similiar scam email. They threatened me with my old growtopia password :D that i used 6 years ago. They said they will spread my webcam videos to 8 of my contacts, if i would not pay them in bitcoin. The email sender was "Patrick Diaz"

I received one of these on July 11, 2020. Same type of format as others have mentioned. It was initially disconcerting since they did make mention of one of my old passwords. But the text of the message made it obvious that it was a scam. I have reported it to the FTC accordingly.

We were alerted through email that a couple of accounts had been accessed from the Netherlands. They managed to change the email address on one. We immediately deleted credit card information and changed passwords. We received the ransom bit coin email the following day with the password. Same verbiage about hijacking web cam. We’ve changed all passwords and contacted financial institutions. Will report .

Received an email like this and I was freaked out because the password is correct. More worried of them accessing my emails than of the alleged video they claim to have of me.

They threatened to call the fbi on me to come to my job and house is this a possible scam just so i could buy bitcoin for them? This just happend to me last night

Don't give them anything. It's a scam.

Yes I just got one too! Thank you for sharing this post. I’ll send the info to you guys!

I just got this email wanting $1024 in bitcoin form, it freaked me out but then I googled the scam and feel much better even though I have never gone to an adult porn site. Still scary since they had an old password!

I received the bitcoin email twice. i was told the same as everyone else "pay the bitcoi" or I'll be exposed for something I haven't done. They are driving me nuts with my Facebook password. Probably will delete or at least deactivate it for a while. It is a shame there are so many scammers out there.

Received an email that asked me so send Bitcoin to this address

3QAx1K8oy7gE8hjv7ZRjj83tQeVVJJHeo9

I received an email message last week which went to my SPAM folder extorting me for $1025.00 in Bitcoin. I, of course, have not responded. But the password the sender used is one of my active passwords. And I use it for my desktop. I wanted to ask if any of you received wording similar to “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.” First, I haven’t viewed any videos, so I am interrupting that this is bogus, but a friend of mine who builds and repairs computers tells me that he is concerned with the term “key logger”. He suggests that I reinstall my Windows program. Your thoughts?

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?

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