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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

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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.

Message ID <trinity-db48f97e- 4ca0-46ec-81c9-1ac8d100094d-159787258257 2@3
Created at: Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 2:29 PM (Delivered after 1 second)
From: Petra Grunewald <petra-grunewald1971
Subject: ⚠️ Hello! ;)
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"Gооd аfternооn!!

I'm the prоgrаmmer whо hаcked intо yоur device's оS.

I've been оbserving yоu fоr weeks nоw.
The thing is, yоu've been infected with mаlwаre viа the аdult website yоu visited.

If yоu аren't fаmiliаr with it, I'll explаin.
The Trоjаn infectiоn gives me full аccess аnd cоntrоl оver yоur cоmputer оr аny оther device оn yоur lоcаl.
It meаns thаt I cаn see everything оn yоur screen, turn оn my cаmerа аnd micrоphоne, but yоu dо nоt knоw аbоut it.

I аlsо hаve аccess tо аll yоur cоntаcts, sоciаl netwоrking dаtа аnd аll yоur emаil cоntаcts.

Why didn't yоur аntivirus detect аny mаlwаre?
а: My mаlwаre uses а driver, I updаte its signаtures every 4 hоurs tо keep yоur аntivirus silent.

I hаve mаde а videо shоwing hоw yоu sаtisfy yоurself оn the left side оf the screen, аnd оn the right side yоu see the videо yоu hаve gоt wаtching.
With оne click, I cаn send this videо tо аll yоur cоntаcts within the mаil аnd sоciаl netwоrks. I cаn аlsо distribute аccess tо аll yоur emаils аnd messаging аpps thаt yоu use.

If yоu wаnt tо prevent this, аt thаt pоint:
Send $450(USD) tо my bitcоin wаllet (if yоu dоn't knоw hоw tо dо it, then type in tо Gооgle: "Purchаse а bitcоin").

My Bitcоin Wаllet: 1PbKX31xkSqxmi72ffVbzMqCMuGo2am1hz

After receiving the pаyment, I will delete the videо аnd yоu wоn't heаr frоm me аgаin.
I will prоvide yоu 50 hоurs (mоre thаn twо dаys) tо pаy.
I see yоu're reаding this emаil аnd the timer stаrted yоu оpened it. Timer id: -Envirоnment.TickCоunt-
Dоn't try tо reply me. It dоes nоt mаke аny sense (the sender's аddress is creаted by rаndоm).
Filing а cоmplаint sоmewhere dоesn't mаke sense, becаuse this emаil cаnnоt be trаcked, аnd neither cаn my bitcоin аddress.
I dоn't mаke mistаkes. If I find thаt yоu shаred this messаge with sоmebоdy else, the videо will be distributed immediаtely.
Gооd luck with thаt. "

Yes but who can I call for help if I can’t do something about it?

They sent me this email a few days ago I found it in spam folder. They wanted 1,086 in bitcoins or else! Then I laughed and I laughed because I haven’t used that password in ages and my computer has tape on the camera so I knew they were lying.

I got the exact same email today asking for $1056. I reported it to the Internet Online Complaint Center.

Bro same. I got the exact same email and the guy claimed that he put malware onto my device and that they would send my recording to my 8 contacts. I got that email nearly 3 weeks ago and I have 12 contacts.

Was the password they had one you had previously used for a student loan account, like through navient?

I got a similar email on August 4, 2020 stating that they have a so-called porn video of mine and they recorded it while visiting adult websites and will share it to my friends and family. The email demanded a ransom of about $1900 and included some stupid old password of mine to prove they actually got me but I don't currently use that password for either of my accounts anymore.. I hope this is nothing to worry about?

Thanks cuz the threatener just told me that I went to an adult website and I dunno how to do that.I only learned yesterday to complete my Google acct and I had to change my email and password s I'm crying right now someone please tell this guy I don't get paid until the 3rd then I'll buy his stuff if he'll stop out lically lying on me!!

I got the same one with one of my passwords 5 years ago.
I panicked so bad, cause I believe their threat for a few seconds. But, then I ended up reading your experiences as well!
Thanks every one for sharing.

I received this email today, and like some of you, I got freaked out! The request amount was $520. However, I am relieved to know it is a scam. Needless to say, I have changed my passwords.

I keep getting these. The password that was used on one of these was from 2008-2013. This time I had 50 hours to comply with an amount of 700.00.

I got the same email.

FTC web admin: instead of linking this (email bitcoin scam) article to the generic complaint page, how about linking it to the correct form for reporting a problem like this one?

Just got one today. Went into Spam. Only noticed as I was looking for a Doctor e-mail. Sent report to FBI & so on. Do to my e-mail account, they think I'm a dude.. happens a lot but tipped me off they have no much info on me, more so since they stated they have vid of me. If they did, they would know I'm not a dude.

I seem to have received a similar email somewhere about a month ago with similar details. Though I did not click it and I only discovered it now by checking spam folders, I know for a fact the password mentioned is not my current email password (bruh moment). I received the email from a person named "Andrew Turner".

I received one the other day and one a month or two ago, threatening to tell my contacts about all the porn sites I had visited and show them a video they had taken of me , they had part of a password too. Deleted immediately, they think we’re all gullible fools:

I received an email in August that I didn't check out until yesterday, of something similar to the new ones. The weird thing is, I don't use my webcam for anything other than Zoom, and I don't remember signing up for any adult websites with the password the hacker mentioned (might have been hacked by a second hacker). The amount was somewhere in the thousands, but I never paid it (because I saw the email about a month too late and also I don't know how bitcoin works) and no action has been done related to the blackmail, so no footage was sent (as far as I know). I don't know how to report to the FBI while still keeping privacy

I got the same email almost word for word asking for bitcoin on October 2019, and I didn't see it until I was clearing my spam folder today September 2020. The email stated that they installed a Trojan in my OS that can pick up any change in passwords, and that I have 48 hours to give them money and that the “clock“ starts as soon as I open the email. Is that even possible? Can only opening an email start any "countdown"?

I got the same like


í'm thе prоgrãmmêr whô háckеd întô yóùr dеvìce's õS.

î'vê beën оbsërving yоú fôr wеeks now.
Thé thìng ïs, yòû'vë bêén infectêd wïth malwarë thrôûgh thé âdúlt wèbsìtê yöu vïsítëd. in cãsе yòú'rе nòt fаmilïår wîth ît, ï'll expläïn. Thè Trõján virüs gìvés më fùll âccêss ànd còntról övêr yоür còmputër оr ány ôther dêvicè õn yöur lõcal.
ìt implîês thât i cãn séê êvêrythìng ón yoúr scrêén, túrn on my camêrã ànd mícróphònê, bút yoù do nõt knöw áboût ît. ì àlso hàvê accêss tо ãll yоür còntäcts, socïâl nétwórking dâtá ând ãll yòûr córrespöndencê. Why didn't yôür äntîvïrüs dеtèct ány mãlwàrè? ânswеr: My målwarë úsès å drìvеr, í úpdáte ïts sìgnãturés ëvêry 4 hоürs tо kêep yõür äntîvìrûs sílent.
î hâvе mádе å vìdèó shöwing hôw yòü sätisfy yõursêlf ón the léft sïde ôf thè scrëеn, аnd òn thê ríght sídè yóu sêê thé vïdеö yòù hávе gót wаtchïng. Wìth õnе clíck, ì càn sënd thìs vidëo tô àll yõür côntácts wìthin thë maíl ánd sóciâl nëtwõrks. ï cân álsò dìstrìbúte áccess tò all yôúr emàils ånd mеssågîng apps thät yoù ûsé.

if yоú wànt tо prévént thîs, åt thàt põint: Sënd $450(uSD) tô my bitcôìn wållèt (în cãsë yòû dô not knоw how tó dö ìt, then typе ìn tò Gòöglé: "Pûrchasé ã bîtcоin"). My Bìtcóín Wällèt: d45jRXK1n7 UUFy9BheQF nJrQTJgw3cYZ
aftèr gëttîng thе påymènt, ì wíll destròy thë vìdêõ and yöù won't hëär fróm mê àgаín. s) tó pày.
í sêë yõû'ré rèаdíng thìs èmåîl ãnd thê timеr stârted yóù ôpеnëd ît.

Timеr ìd: 71113093

Dó nоt try tô rеply me. ît dòësn't mäkе ány sеnsè (thë séndêr's ãddréss ìs genëràtеd åûtоmätïcálly).
Fìlíng a cömplåïnt sömëwhèrë döèsn't mаkë sënse, bècaúsê thís еmaïl cаnnõt be trãckêd, ànd néithër cån my bîtcòïn addrëss.
î dón't mаkе místàkès.

ìf i find that yòù shãrèd thïs mèssаgé wíth sômèbõdy èlsé, thê vïdèõ will bë dïstribûted ïmmédïãtèly.
Goõd lûck wïth thät.

I received an email exactly like this on August 16, 2020.

I also received such e-mails (2 of them) one right after the other today (10 Sept 2020). The subject showed a password of mine which I used many years ago. The pattern is the same: I should pay a sum into Bitcoin otherwise they would spread a video.

Omg , guys ((( someone emailed me today saying that they have access to my phone Camera and microphone and all the pictures and texts and if I don’t pay them they give me 50 h after the email was opened to send them money and if I don’t they will start sending my personal info to my friends . They said the timer started when I opened the email . I deleted the email , after everything . Can anyone have access to the phone camera and video and watch me . They mentioned some trojan virus They sent to my phone or something like that to watch me .

I got the same email today with the bitcoin demand for 1067$ .... wondering if the threats actually came true for anyone here who received such emails?

I am getting those emails with some old passwords that leaked in the past (and I am not using anymore)

I am trying to report to the police, but I can't find any link into FBI website or any local police website

Omg I also just got the same email. I had a heart attack at first but then came across this post.

i got this same email today, the exact same sentences, but asking for $1079

I received similar email last May 2020 in my Yahoo email account. Thank you for bringing this up. Where will I report it?

I received exact same mail as many here posted. Needless to say, I do visit adult web sites from time to time and I did panic for a minute or to.
Thank you all for this page that insured me not to pay anything to the scammers. I was not going to but still...
Anyway, I can not file any complaint from Croatia, but I just wanted to leave the comment to all you good people.

Got two the other day, from two 'different' people, demanding $1000 each, ended up in spam, only noticed a few days later. The same text as received by everybody else. But did freak me out initially, glad I found the information here!

I received the same threat about circulation of videos related to adult websites. This was on September 16, by two dirìfferent addresses. Both included the same password, as a proof that they could hack my account. I recognized the password, but I cannot remember where I used it. Please advise.

I got the same email on the 21st of September.

Just received in my Spam folder the same email as posted in these comments. The email ending up in Spam should have been my first clue. I value privacy a great deal, so any message indicating someone might have access to my information really freaks me out; after a moderate panic attack, I’m relieved to see this is a well known scam. Now I’m off to change every single password I can get to...

Thankfully I know better than to pay these people, feel horrible for those who fell for this.

I received two exact emails two weeks ago from 2 different emails, I freaked out but after reading all this I can say my heart is at peace now. Where do I report this. It got to stop!!!

I recieved a similar email on 09/22/20, I was shocked to see they had a password that I was still using as a Windows login password on a laptop, I had used this same password on multiple internet sites in the past but have changed them over the years, not sure if there's it's still hanging around out there or not. The email I recieved followed the script in this blog, but unlike some of the other's I've read it was very well written, precise english grammar. Claimed that they had hacked my computer, taken control of my camera and microphone and video taped me while viewing pornographic material on the internet, they also claimed the gathered all my contacts and would send the video to all of them unless I paid $1700US in bitcoin within 48 hours, eventually posting the video on the internet. They gave some sort of bitcoin address, and instructions on how to find bitcoin and learn to use it on the internet. I won't sit here and say I've never watched porn on the internet, I certainly have, I've done nothing illegal, my laptop does have a camera, so if there is spyware out there that allows these extorsionists to take control of your computers resources then it may be possible they can collect video, I don't know. I deleted the email and have still been worrying about it even though I found this blog.

I got one too. I deleted the gmail account and opened a new one. It was in my spam folder. I blocked the person before deleting the account.
It was not an important email , one I used when places make you give an email address to look at their site like Wayfair.

Anyway, that’s what I did.

Mine came from
Walker kottkeconstruction1

I got one a couple of days ago too, I get them every year on my school account saying that they have my password which is my password but I don't use that password anymore and it's identical to everyone else's so this must be one person or multiple copying and pasting and scaring people out of their money like sickos.

I received this same email. It gave me anxiety at first and I started downloading virus protection to my phone to make sure that my phone is not actually compromised. Scammers are stupid.

Same here people, got one 8 hours ago, the amount is the only difference.

I got the same email yesterday. Turned out he had managed to hack into an old FB account I handn't used in years. I thought I had the account deleted but I guess not. FB has locked the account too so I cannot get in to do anything about it.
He's got an old password but he's missed a few things. Bitcoin is not legal in my state, I have duct tape over all my webcams so there's no video of me, and I just got this laptop recently and I bought it used on Ebay so if there is any video from my laptop it's the previous owners . At first glance, getting an email like this is scary but stop and think about it. You'll find the loopholes that they miss.

I recently got an email and one of my passwords was in the subject bar. The issue is, that password one for a lot of accounts. I know, dumb, but it was simpler that way. What do I if I don't know what which account they are referring to? Or do I just ignore the whole ordeal?

I’ve gotten at least 5 of these emails today! Made the mistake of reading the first one ... ugh! DO NOT OPEN Or READ!

Got the same email today, September 28th, 2020. So it’s still going around. I knew immediately it had to be a scam but it still makes the heart race for a minute.


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