A second Bitcoin blackmail scam, based on hacked passwords

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There’s a new Bitcoin blackmail scam circulating — this time based on passwords from website breaches. This extortion email is likely to be less effective than the paper letters because it’s full of obvious errors.

My post last April about the Bitcoin blackmail letter in my mailbox has become popular. It generates over 300 views per day; visitors’ comments giving me a daily overview of how the scam is continuing and evolving. In the last couple of days a new scam has emerged in which emailers use emails and passwords stolen in hacks to scare the crap out of recipients.

Here’s the email, shared with me by Augie Ray who received this in his inbox. Where you see “XXXXXX”, in both the subject line and the first sentence, the actual email included a password that Augie had used in the past to log into a website.

From: Bevin Vasi <msxnicolsl@outlook.com

To:augie@[redacted]

Subject: Augie – XXXXXXX

I do know, XXXXXX, is your pass word. You do not know me and you’re most likely wondering why you are getting this e-mail, right?

In fact, I actually placed a malware on the adult vids (porno) website and guess what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your browser began operating as a RDP (Remote control Desktop) having a key logger which provided me access to your display screen and also cam. Immediately after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email.

What did I do?

I created a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you’ve got a nice taste rofl), and second part shows the recording of your cam.

exactly what should you do?

Well, I believe, $2900 is a reasonable price for our little secret. You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: 12xeEyz3AAnhXnAT98xorPMJHNHmxA2pmM
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Note:
You now have one day in order to make the payment. (I’ve a special pixel within this e mail, and at this moment I know that you have read this mail). If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will definitely send out your video recording to all of your contacts including family members, coworkers, and so on. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the video immidiately. If you want to have proof, reply with “Yes!” and I definitely will send your video to your 11 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not waste my time and yours by responding to this mail.

The Bitcoin blackmail letter I received by mail was quite well written. This isn’t. Password is one word, not two. The technical explanation is elaborate and runs on, some sentences that don’t start with a capital letter, and “immediately” is misspelled “immidiately.”

To improve the response, the writer should have included a link to a page on how to buy Bitcoin, rather than forcing the reader to look it up. (The printed letter actually included instructions on a second sheet.)

Of course, the key to the response here is that the email and its subject line include an actual password you used in the past. (Some data breaches have included user emails and plaintext password lists; those lists are obviously for sale by unscrupulous individuals, which makes it easy to generate emails like this.) Since many people unwisely use the same password on multiple sites, this ploy immediately gets your attention.

Will it work?

Unlike the blackmail letters, these emails are very easy to send efficiently. A scammer could send millions of them with a simple script. I’m betting that the outlook.com sender’s address is spoofed; this almost certainly didn’t pass through the outlook.com email system.

Even so, spam blockers are already blocking these emails. I know this because when I attempted to reply to Augie’s message to me, the one in which he had pasted this email, Google refused to deliver it.

This email occupies a middle ground between the Nigerian prince emails and the original Bitcoin blackmail letter.

The poorly written Nigerian prince emails are designed to appeal to idiots — they’re full of transparently stupid stuff, limiting the audience to people greedy and credulous enough to share their bank account details with a stranger. The mailed Bitcoin blackmail letters are meticulous and persuasive, because they’re intentionally sent to people in affluent suburbs, and each one costs money to send, at least the cost of a stamp.

This letter is a lot sloppier, but some less technically sophisticated users may fall for the technobabble about RDP, key loggers, and the double-screen video. If seeing your password has put you in a state of fear and you’re so out of touch that you use the same password on lots of accounts, this might push you into responding. But the letter can’t be too off, since it has to appeal to people with at least the minimal level of sophistication needed to figure out how to use Bitcoin.

This particular scam is done for because spam blockers are catching it, but, as Krebs on Security predicts:

[A]s this scam gets refined even more, perpetrators will begin using more recent and relevant passwords — and perhaps other personal data that can be found online — to convince people that the hacking threat is real. That’s because there are a number of shady password lookup services online that index billions of usernames (i.e. email addresses) and passwords stolen in some of the biggest data breaches to date.

I still find it revealing that most scams and phishing attempts give themselves away by their sloppy writing and formatting. Perhaps this is one more reason that we, as readers, need to become more sophisticated about writing, because of what it reveals about the people who send emails, including scams like this one.

Note: If you receive an email like this, I recommend that you report your receipt of this email by forwarding it to abuse@outlook.com

110 responses to “A second Bitcoin blackmail scam, based on hacked passwords

  1. I’m not sure I understand why scammers would necessarily use perfect writing and formatting. Can’t it be a real threat unless it is written flawlessly?

    1. Fair question, Linda. I don’t think they need perfect grammar. But the way they write communicates who they are and whether they are serious — depending on the audience. The writing style (and the errors) should match what the audience needs to hear.

  2. Thank you for bringing these to light.

    I got mine yesterday—replete with the standard parentheticals about what kind of site and what was captured. Mine utilized an old LinkedIn password I may or may not have used, but it struck me as odd because I don’t really use LinkedIn. It begins with “I will directly come to the point,” which feels like awkward phrasing out of the gate.

    The email also references specific social media—including my “fb” page, which I don’t have and have never had.

    The structure is all the same—malware from an adult site, rdp and keylogging used, split screen video created, contacts hacked. It offers the same two options: pay with $3200 in bitcoin (but google it to figure out how) or have everyone find out.

    Towards the end of the email, the grammar starts to break down, although the initial couple of paragraphs are acceptably written. It offers one day to decide and ends with a similar admonition: “the clock is ticking.”

    Just as with the warrant officer calling about missed jury duty scam, the email creates an initial sense of alarm in the reader, meant I’m sure to capitalize on fear and panic.

  3. I also received an email similar to this one. Note that RDP is not remote control desktop, does not have a key logger, and key loggers do not provide access to webcam. RDP does not collect contacts from social networks, but provides access to a remote computer. I was preparing a class on hacking prevention and I visited a few sites that spoof emails. I entered a fake password there and that is the password that was mentioned in the email. I also found interesting that the email said: “The process to have bitcons will take a few days so do not put if off… You now have 48 hours in order to make the payment. ” but the letter was sent on Friday night.

  4. I got mine today during the night.
    They now corrected the word ‘password’

    Any idea who is the sender?

    Here is the full text:

    Let’s get straight to the point. I do know xxxxxxx is your password. Moreover, I know your secret and I have proof of your secret. You don’t know me personally and no one paid me to examine you.

    It is just your misfortune that I stumbled across your bad deeds. Actually, I actually placed a malware on the adult vids (porno) and you visited this website to have fun (you know what I mean). When you were busy watching videos, your browser initiated working as a Rdp (Remote desktop) that has a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen as well as cam. Right after that, my software gathered every one of your contacts from fb, and mailbox.

    I then put in more hours than I probably should have exploring into your life and created a two screen video. First part shows the recording you had been viewing and 2nd part displays the view from your web camera (its you doing nasty things).

    Frankly, I am willing to forget everything about you and allow you to move on with your life. And I am going to provide you two options that will accomplish that. The two choices with the idea to ignore this letter, or simply pay me $ 1900. Let’s investigate these two options in more detail.

    Option One is to ignore this email. You should know what will happen if you take this path. I will certainly send your video to your entire contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. It does not save you from the humiliation your self will ought to face when friends find out your unpleasant videos from me.

    Option 2 is to send me $ 1900. We’ll call this my “privacy tip”. Now let me tell you what happens if you choose this path. Your secret remains your secret. I’ll delete the video immediately. You move on with your lifetime as though nothing ever happened.

    At this point you must be thinking, “I will complain to the police”. Let me tell you, I’ve covered my steps to ensure this email cannot be linked returning to me and it will not stay away from the evidence from destroying your life. I am not planning to break your bank. I am just looking to be paid for my time I put into investigating you. Let’s hope you decide to generate all of this go away and pay me the confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoins” on google)

    Amount to be sent: $ 1900
    Receiving Bitcoin Address: 1PjUiw2oesScKsba9uwVanMPzpzr3Fn1DX
    (It’s case sensitive, so copy and paste it carefully)

    Tell no one what you should be utilizing the Bitcoins for or they might not sell it to you. The task to get bitcoin can take a few days so do not delay.
    I’ve a special pixel within this message, and now I know that you have read this e mail. You have two days to make the payment. If I don’t receive the Bitcoin, I will send your video to all your contacts including close relatives, co-workers, and so forth. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. However, if I receive the payment, I will destroy the video immediately. It’s a non-negotiable one time offer, thus don’t waste my time and yours. The clock is ticking.

    1. I just opened my email to find this exact letter. I was startled to find an old password of mine there. but if they thing they are getting a dime from me they are crazy.

  5. I got one as well, just the same as above – I reported on the FBI ICE page but is there somewhere else to report it? Note I’m overseas and not a US citizen, just something about it made me feel it originated in the US given time zone..

  6. I received this yesterday evenning… the given password is old and very rarely used today. Shall I treat it seriously.
    As you can see, the delay to pay is very short.
    ===================================
    I will cut to the chase. I know xxxxxx is your pass word. Most importantly, I know your secret and I have proof of this. You do not know me and nobody hired me to check out you.

    It is just your hard luck that I came across your misadventures. Actually, I placed a malware on the adult video clips (pornography) and you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching video clips, your browser initiated operating as a Rdp (Remote desktop) having a key logger which gave me access to your screen as well as web camera. After that, my software gathered your complete contacts from messenger, facebook, as well as e-mail.

    I then put in much more hours than I should’ve investigating into your life and made a two view video. 1st part shows the video you had been viewing and second part displays the video from your cam (its you doing dirty things).

    Honestly, I am willing to forget details about you and let you move on with your regular life. And I am going to give you two options that may achieve that. The two choices to either ignore this letter, or simply pay me $ 2900. Let us examine above 2 options in more detail.

    First Option is to ignore this mail. Let me tell you what will happen if you select this option. I definitely will send out your video recording to all your contacts including friends and family, colleagues, etc. It will not protect you from the humiliation your self will must feel when friends discover your dirty videos from me.

    Option 2 is to send me $ 2900. We will name this my “privacy fee”. Now let me tell you what happens if you choose this path. Your secret remains your secret. I’ll destroy the video immediately. You keep your life like nothing like this ever occurred.

    Now you may be thinking, “I’m going to report to the cops”. Let me tell you, I have covered my steps to ensure this e mail can’t be tracked back to me also it will not stay away from the evidence from destroying your life. I’m not seeking to steal all your savings. I just want to be compensated for time I place into investigating you. Let’s hope you decide to produce all of this disappear and pay me my confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, type “how to buy bitcoins” in search engine)

    Required Amount: $ 2900
    Bitcoin Address to Send to: 1CZkb2ZD6PsMs5HG3bawCE2z3wifMSEtvZ
    (It is case sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Tell nobody what you will be utilizing the bitcoin for or they will often not provide it to you. The process to acquire bitcoin may take a few days so do not put it off.
    I have a specific pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this e-mail. You now have 1 day in order to make the payment. If I do not get the BitCoin, I definitely will send your video recording to all your contacts including family members, co-workers, etc. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the video immediately. It’s a non-negotiable offer, so kindly don’t waste my time and yours. Your time has started.

    1. V, this is a scam. They don’t have your contacts, they don’t have a video of you, they haven’t even researched you. They are trying to scare you into giving them money. They have a script that did a look-up somewhere that got an email address and an old password. If you still use that password anywhere I would change it. There is nothing you need to do beyond that.

  7. I just received a similar version of the email. These scammers are professionals. For your reading pleasure:

    ******************************

    I’m going to cut to the chase. I’m aware XXXXXXXX is your password. More importantly, I know about your secret and I’ve evidence of this. You don’t know me personally and no one employed me to investigate you.

    It’s just your hard luck that I came across your misadventures. Let me tell you, I actually installed a malware on the adult video clips (porn) and you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were busy watching video clips, your web browser began operating as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) that has a keylogger which provided me accessibility to your screen as well as cam. After that, my software program obtained every one of your contacts from your social networks, as well as e-mail.

    After that I gave in much more time than I probably should have exploring into your life and generated a double display video. First part displays the video you had been watching and 2nd part displays the view of your webcam (its you doing dirty things).

    Frankly, I’m ready to forget all information about you and allow you to continue with your regular life. And I am going to present you two options that can achieve that. These two choices are with the idea to ignore this letter, or simply just pay me $2900. Let’s examine those 2 options in more detail.

    Option One is to ignore this message. You should know what will happen if you pick this path. I will definately send your video recording to your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, and so on. It will not shield you from the humiliation your family will feel when friends and family find out your dirty details from me.

    Other Option is to pay me $2900. We’ll name it my “confidentiality tip”. Now let me tell you what happens if you choose this path. Your secret remains your secret. I will delete the video immediately. You go on with your life like nothing ever happened.

    At this point you must be thinking, “I should go to the cops”. Let me tell you, I’ve covered my steps in order that this e-mail cannot be linked to me and yes it won’t stay away from the evidence from destroying your health. I am not planning to steal all your savings. I am just looking to be compensated for time I placed into investigating you. Let’s hope you decide to make all this disappear completely and pay me the confidentiality fee. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoins” on search engine)

    Amount to be sent: $2900
    Receiving Bitcoin Address: 1B9UNT4Msaw5f2fvuwKcazDuj9MMSPLa8x
    (It’s CASE sensitive, so copy and paste it carefully)

    Tell no-one what you will be transferring the bitcoin for or they may not offer it to you. The process to get bitcoin usually takes a few days so do not wait.
    I’ve a unique pixel in this message, and now I know that you’ve read through this message. You now have 48 hours to make the payment. If I don’t receive the Bitcoin, I will definately send your video to your entire contacts including members of your family, co-workers, and many others. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nonetheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the video immediately. It is a non negotiable offer, so do not ruin my time & yours. Time is running out.

  8. Just recieved mine today
    Have to admit these scam emails are getting better and better

    Let’s get straight to the point. I am aware ******* is your pass word. Most importantly, I am aware about your secret and I have proof of this. You don’t know me personally and nobody paid me to investigate you.

    It is just your bad luck that I discovered your misadventures. In fact, I actually setup a malware on the adult video clips (sexually graphic) and you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching video clips, your browser started out operating as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) having a keylogger which provided me with access to your display and web camera. After that, my software program gathered all of your contacts from social networks, and mailbox.

    After that I put in much more hours than I probably should have digging into your life and created a two screen video. 1st part shows the recording you had been watching and 2nd part shows the recording from your web camera (its you doing nasty things).

    Honestly, I am ready to forget all information about you and let you continue with your daily life. And I am going to present you 2 options that may accomplish this. These two choices are to either ignore this letter, or just pay me $ 3200. Let’s explore those two options in details.

    Option 1 is to ignore this e mail. Let us see what is going to happen if you opt this option. I will definately send your video to your entire contacts including family members, co-workers, and many others. It doesn’t save you from the humiliation you and your family will need to face when family and friends find out your unpleasant videos from me.

    Other Option is to pay me $ 3200. We will name this my “privacy tip”. I will explain what happens if you pick this option. Your secret remains your secret. I’ll erase the recording immediately. You go on with your routine life as though nothing like this ever happened.

    At this point you may be thinking, “I will complain to the police”. Without a doubt, I have covered my steps to make sure that this message cannot be linked returning to me and it will not stop the evidence from destroying your health. I’m not looking to dig a hole in your pocket. I just want to get compensated for efforts and time I place into investigating you. Let’s hope you have decided to generate pretty much everything go away and pay me my confidentiality fee. You will make the payment via Bitcoins (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoins” in search engine)

    Required Amount: $ 3200
    Bitcoin Address to Send to: 1ycRDEbXCD1nXXoEz8pfQJjDbZSALvH29
    (It is cASe sensitive, so you should copy and paste it carefully)

    Expalin nobody what you will use the bitcoin for or they might not offer it to you. The process to have bitcoin will take a few days so do not put it off.
    I have a specific pixel within this e-mail, and right now I know that you’ve read through this message. You have one day in order to make the payment. If I don’t receive the BitCoins, I will send out your video to all of your contacts including close relatives, colleagues, and many others. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nevertheless, if I do get paid, I’ll destroy the recording and all other proofs immediately. It’s a non negotiable one time offer, so don’t waste my personal time and yours. Time is running out.

  9. I have mine tooo yesterday. It’s possible to do what they say??

    Let’s get straight to the point. I’m aware xxxxx
    ids your password. Moreover, I know your secret and I’ve evidence of it. You don’t know me personally and no one paid me to investigate you.

    It is just your misfortune that I discovered your bad deeds. Let me tell you, I actually placed a malware on the adult videos (pornographic material) and you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were busy watching videos, your web browser initiated operating as a Rdp (Remote desktop) with a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your screen and webcam. Just after that, my software program collected all of your contacts from messenger, facebook, and mailbox.

    Next, I put in more time than I should have into your life and made a double-screen video. First part displays the recording you were viewing and second part shows the recording of your webcam (its you doing dirty things).

    Frankly, I am willing to forget about you and let you continue with your daily life. And I am about to present you 2 options that can accomplish that. The above choices with the idea to ignore this letter, or simply just pay me $3200. Let us examine those 2 options in more detail.

    Option 1 is to ignore this message. Let’s see what is going to happen if you opt this option. I definitely will send out your video recording to your contacts including close relatives, coworkers, and many others. It doesn’t shield you from the humiliation your self will must feel when friends uncover your unpleasant details from me.

    Second Option is to send me $3200. We will name this my “confidentiality charges”. Now let me tell you what happens if you pick this path. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll erase the video immediately. You go on with your daily life that none of this ever happened.

    At this point you may be thinking, “I will go to the cops”. Let me tell you, I’ve taken steps to ensure this message can’t be tracked returning to me also it will not steer clear of the evidence from destroying your health. I am not looking to dig a hole in your pocket. I just want to be compensated for time I place into investigating you. Let’s hope you decide to produce all this disappear and pay me the confidentiality fee. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, type “how to buy bitcoins” on search engine)

    Amount to be sent: $3200
    Receiving Bitcoin Address: 1B9UNT4Msaw5f2fvuwKcazDuj9MMSPLa8x
    (It’s CASE sensitive, so you should copy and paste it carefully)

    Share with nobody what you should be transferring the Bitcoins for or they might not provide it to you. The procedure to have bitcoin usually takes a short time so do not delay.
    I’ve a special pixel in this e mail, and right now I know that you have read this e-mail. You have two days in order to make the payment. If I don’t receive the BitCoins, I will definately send your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, colleagues, and so on. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nonetheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the recording immediately. It is a non negotiable offer, so kindly do not ruin my time & yours. Your time has started.

    1. Keep calm, this is a bluff. Theoretically it is possible (so keep your cam covered) but this is not the case, nothing will happen and nobody from your contacts will receive anything! They probably buyed a list of old hacked mail addresses+password on the deep web coming from huge losses of login data from various services in the past as happened for Linkedin, Elance for example (so if you’re actually using the password for some web service they mentioned in the mail, change it as soon as possible). Probably you will find what service had lost your data putting your email addrees in https://haveibeenpwned.com/.

      1. Oh no — pwned!

        Pwned on 4 breached sites and found no pastes (subscribe to search sensitive breaches)

        What that does means?

        1. It means, as expected, that your login data was hacked in 4 cases. If you subscribe the site give you the details about these 4 cases. If you are using this password for sensible accounts (as gmail, bank, facebook etc.. change it as soon as possibile)

  10. Just got mine, then googled “bitcoin blackmail” and came to this website.

    The structure of the email is the same, but the spelling is improving, so it seems that they do quality control. As a technical writer, I find this fascinating.

    I was taken aback because I had used that password in the past, so I spent a while thinking if it was still active somewhere, but I am pretty sure it is not. I do not watch porn, but that is besides the point: I have very sensitive information on my PC that is worth well more than the 3000 USD “Collette Pistone” is requesting.

    For the record:

    xxxxxxxxxx is your pass. Lets get straight to purpose. Absolutely no one has compensated me to investigate about you. You may not know me and you are probably thinking why you are getting this mail?

    Well, I actually placed a malware on the adult video clips (pornographic material) web-site and you know what, you visited this website to have fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching videos, your web browser initiated operating as a Remote control Desktop that has a key logger which provided me accessibility to your display and also web cam. after that, my software gathered your complete contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and emailaccount. After that I made a video. First part shows the video you were viewing (you’ve got a good taste hehe), and next part shows the recording of your cam, & it is you.

    You actually have just two alternatives. We should study the options in particulars:

    First solution is to ignore this message. In such a case, I am going to send your actual videotape to each one of your personal contacts and then think regarding the disgrace you feel. Not to mention in case you are in a loving relationship, how it would affect?

    Number two solution is to pay me 3000 USD. We will regard it as a donation. In this scenario, I will quickly eliminate your video footage. You will keep on going your daily life like this never happened and you never will hear back again from me.

    You will make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search for “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    BTC Address: 136TY18LZsWvLrFWbcRKicSXWrZMdjyEw4
    [case sensitive copy & paste it]

    If you have been making plans for going to the law enforcement officials, well, this e-mail cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my steps. I am also not attempting to charge a fee a huge amount, I simply want to be compensated. I have a special pixel within this message, and at this moment I know that you have read through this e-mail. You now have one day in order to pay. If I do not get the BitCoins, I will definately send out your video to all of your contacts including friends and family, coworkers, and so on. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will destroy the recording immidiately. This is a non-negotiable offer, and so don’t waste my personal time and yours by replying to this email message. If you need proof, reply Yea then I will certainly send your video recording to your 8 contacts.

  11. I am from China and I got mine today. In the beginning I was a bit worried but after reading your article I feel better now.
    Here is what I received
    “I know about your secret and I have proof of your secret. I will cut to the chase. You do not know me personally and nobody employed me to look into you. It is your bad luck that I stumbled across your misadventures. Also, I know XXXXXX, is your password.

    In fact, I placed a malware on the adult video clips (pornographic material) and you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching videos, your browser initiated working as a Rdp (Remote desktop) that has a keylogger which provided me access to your display and also cam. Immediately after that, my software program obtained data and all your contacts from messenger, social networks, and email.

    Next, I gave in more time than I probably should have looking into your data and created a double display video. 1st part displays the recording you had been viewing and other part displays the view from your webcam (its you doing inappropriate things).

    Honestly, I am ready to forget details about you and let you continue with your daily life. And I am about to offer you 2 options that may make it happen. These two choices either to ignore this letter, or just pay me $ 2900. Let’s explore those two options in details.

    Option One is to ignore this email message. Let’s see what is going to happen if you select this path. I will definitely send out your video to all your contacts including friends and family, colleagues, and many others. It does not shield you from the humiliation your family will feel when friends and family learn your unpleasant details from me.
    Other Option is to pay me $ 2900. We’ll name it my “privacy tip”. Let me tell you what will happen if you pick this option. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll destroy the recording immediately. You move on with your routine life as though none of this ever occurred.

    I am not seeking to break your bank. I just want to get paid for time I place into investigating you. Let’s assume you have decided to make all of this go away and pay me the confidentiality fee. You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know how, type “how to buy bitcoins” in google search)

    Transfer Amount: $ 2900
    Bitcoin Address to Send to: 1AQhnmK63fqXufrn5J9Popm2iDx3btiY4K
    (It is cASe sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    At this point you may be thinking, “I should go to the cops”. Without a doubt, I’ve covered my steps to make sure that this email can’t be linked returning to me and yes it will not stop the proof from destroying your health.

    Don’t tell anyone, what you will be using the bitcoin for or they may not sell it to you. The method to obtain bitcoin can take a few days so do not put it off. I have a specific pixel in this email message, and right now I know that you have read this e-mail. You now have less than 72 hours in order to make the payment. If I do not get BitCoins , I will definitely share your video proof to all your contacts (including close relatives, colleagues, and so forth). You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Having said that, if you make the payment, I will clean your files, evidences and all other proofs immediately. It is a non-negotiable offer, so kindly do not waste my time & yours. The clock is ticking.”

  12. May I suggest to block these words from any mail getting in to your box, ask your mail provider. Bitcoins, Bitcoin and your old password.

  13. Thanks for this post. I received this email (below) today, it scared the living daylights out of me, as they have one of my old passwords and I am not tech savvy enough to understand how anyone could gain possession of that. Despite the factual flaws (my webcam is covered over and our computers are permanently on child safe mode) I felt sick at the thought of leaving for holiday tomorrow with this hanging over me, but having read your post I feel better. I consider myself to be an intelligent person, but the shock I felt at reading this scam email seemed to cause a temporary blindness to the factual flaws and spelling mistakes.

    From: sotrixnqi@outlook.com

    “Lets get right to the point. No person has compensated me to check about you. You don’t know me and you’re probably wondering why you’re getting this e mail?

    In fact, I actually installed a software on the 18+ videos (porn material) web-site and you know what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing videos, your internet browser started out working as a RDP that has a keylogger which provided me access to your display and also web cam. Immediately after that, my software collected all your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email . And then I made a double video. 1st part displays the video you were watching (you’ve got a fine taste ; )), and 2nd part displays the recording of your web cam, & it is u.

    You will have just two possibilities. We should review these options in details:

    First choice is to skip this email. As a result, I am going to send out your very own video clip to every one of your personal contacts and then imagine about the awkwardness you can get. And definitely if you are in an important relationship, how it will affect?

    Number two alternative would be to give me $1000. I will refer to it as a donation. In such a case, I will asap remove your video recording. You could keep on your daily routine like this never happened and you never will hear back again from me.

    You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google search engine).

    BTC Address to send to: 1MSEJbxWiqjU99uUUPckhaDGhdDWWBQJyP
    [case-sensitive, copy and paste it]

    In case you are making plans for going to the law, very well, this message cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my moves. I am not trying to ask you for a lot, I want to be paid for. I’ve a unique pixel within this e-mail, and right now I know that you have read through this email. You have one day in order to make the payment. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I definitely will send your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and many others. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video right away. If you really want proof, reply Yeah then I will send out your video recording to your 9 contacts. This is the nonnegotiable offer, thus do not waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email message.”

  14. Hi, I got mine today at tea time (UK).

    Same old garb as the others.

    I can’t understand why these Lowlife Trolls go to the trouble of correcting the errors as pointed out, but still reuse the rest of the body of text, surely to add some credence to “their own little effort” they would be much better off completely rewriting the same “script”, but using their own words.

    I include my email, for the purpose of indexing and searching, so hopefully more and more people can find this blog….. it certainly gives comfort, thanks.

    I am well aware XXXXXXXX is your passphrase. Lets get right to the purpose. There is no one who has compensated me to investigate about you. You do not know me and you are most likely wondering why you’re getting this e-mail?

    Let me tell you, I installed a software on the 18+ video clips (pornographic material) site and do you know what, you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching videos, your internet browser began working as a Remote Desktop that has a key logger which gave me accessibility to your display screen and also cam. after that, my software program obtained all of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, and email . And then I made a double video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you have a fine taste lol), and 2nd part shows the view of your web camera, yea its you.

    You have got only 2 options. Why dont we explore these types of possibilities in details:

    First option is to disregard this email message. As a consequence, I will send out your very own video clip to every single one of your personal contacts and just think concerning the humiliation you feel. And consequently in case you are in a relationship, how it will eventually affect?

    In the second place choice should be to compensate me $1000. Lets call it a donation. In this situation, I most certainly will straight away delete your video recording. You will continue on your way of life like this never occurred and you never will hear back again from me.

    You’ll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search for “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    BTC Address: 198Tix7WFEKUR5KSVd2dCjCaSE9vvnFANY
    [CASE-sensitive so copy and paste it]

    In case you are planning on going to the law enforcement officials, anyway, this message can not be traced back to me. I have covered my moves. I am also not attempting to ask you for a whole lot, I simply prefer to be paid for. I’ve a specific pixel within this e-mail, and right now I know that you have read through this e mail. You have one day to make the payment. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will send out your video recording to all of your contacts including close relatives, colleagues, and many others. However, if I do get paid, I’ll erase the video right away. This is a nonnegotiable offer, and thus please do not waste my time and yours by responding to this mail. If you want proof, reply with Yea & I will send your video recording to your 9 friends.

  15. Hi,
    i received mine yesteday in Romania…

    quote
    from: Levy Kugel (gfariadnesp@outlook.com)

    I know xxxxxxxxx one of your pass word. Lets get directly to purpose. None has paid me to investigate you. You don’t know me and you’re probably wondering why you’re getting this e-mail?

    Well, I installed a malware on the 18+ videos (sexually graphic) web-site and guess what, you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching video clips, your internet browser started working as a Remote Desktop having a keylogger which provided me with access to your screen as well as cam. Just after that, my software obtained all your contacts from your Messenger, social networks, as well as email . And then I made a double video. First part displays the video you were viewing (you have a good taste lol . . .), and second part displays the recording of your webcam, yeah it is u.

    You will have two choices. Let us read up on each of these possibilities in details:

    1st choice is to ignore this email. In this situation, I most certainly will send your actual tape to just about all of your contacts and think regarding the disgrace you will get. Not to forget should you be in a romantic relationship, how this will affect?

    Latter option is to give me $1000. We will think of it as a donation. In this situation, I most certainly will straight away delete your video. You will continue daily life like this never happened and you surely will never hear back again from me.

    You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search for “how to buy bitcoin” in Google search engine).

    BTC Address: 1J9a3dASbGkFGqWd79QJP2phZ7zMmGmZUh
    [case-SENSITIVE, copy and paste it]

    If you may be making plans for going to the police, anyway, this email message cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my moves. I am not looking to charge a fee so much, I wish to be rewarded. You have one day in order to pay. I have a special pixel in this email, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email message. If I don’t receive the BitCoins, I will, no doubt send out your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, etc. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I will erase the video immediately. It is a non-negotiable offer therefore please do not waste my personal time and yours by responding to this mail. If you want proof, reply with Yea! then I will send your video recording to your 9 friends.=

    unquote

  16. So upsetting! Thank you everyone for adding your experiences here as they have helped me reduce the anxiety I was feeling. I’ve lost hours of my workday trying to decide how to handle this.
    Mine came this morning. The sender was: Jermaine Fahey <cwymanueltf@outlook.com, and the bitcoin address is incredibly complicated: 1DBQGYuq229QG9zTW3tmZPVDiE8vAgHN5i.
    I am in the western united states and it's Sunday, so I feel at a loss in reaching out to my usual resources for technical and security support. I have been scouring the internet to find out what and there are several recommendations to report the blackmail to the "police", but I really don't know who to call or reach out to. Maybe I missed it, but has anyone else bothered to report this to a legal office of some kind?
    Finally, it seems like as the comments have been listed in this blog, the scam emails have gotten grammatically and tactically better bit by bit. Could the scammers be sophisticated enough to take the criticisms listed here as pointers to refine their efforts?

  17. Got one also in Portugal. DON´T WORRY ABOUT IT AND PLEASE DO NOT PAY

    They Used an OLD PASSWORD from a hacked site

    Besides https://haveibeenpwned.com/
    You can see also https://breachalarm.com/

    Fortunately this guy GOT NOTHING
    https://www.blockchain.com/btc/address/01a3782647db247c64ca450c3b61cec08b181fed

    _____________________________

    From Colton Lehr (this email does not exist)

    Let me get straight to the point. Isn’t XXXXXXX your secret pass? You do not know me and no one paid me to look into you.

    XXXXXXXXXX It is simply your misfortune that I got to know about your misadventures. How did I find out? The answer is, I actually placed malware on sex videos (pornographic material) & you accessed this infected site to experience pleasure (if you know what I mean). When you were busy watching video clips, your system started out working as a RDP (Remote Control Desktop) with a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your system and your web cam. Immediately after that, my software program obtained your entire images, files and contacts from social networks, and mailbox.

    I then put in much more time than I probably should’ve digging into your data and created a two view video. 1st part shows the video you had been watching and next part shows the capture from your webcam (its you doing inappropriate things).

    Frankly, I want to forget all about you and let you get on with your life. And I will give you (a way out|two options} that may accomplish your freedom. The two alternatives are either to ignore this letter (Bad for you and your family), or perhaps pay me $2500 to end this chapter for life. Let us investigate these 2 options in details.

    *Not Recommended* First Alternative is to ignore this e mail. You should know what is going to happen if you take this path. I will certainly send your video recording to all of your contacts including members of your family, colleagues, and so forth. It doesn’t help you avoid the humiliation your family will have to feel when friends find out your unpleasant detailsin their inbox.
    *Recommended* Second Option is to send me $2500. We’ll call it my “keep the secret fee”. Now Lets see what happens when you choose this way out. Your secret Will remain private. I will destroy the recording. After you you pay me my fees, I will let you move on with your routine life and family as if nothing ever happened.

    Let us assume you have chosen to make this all go away and send me my privacy fee. You will make the transfer by Bitcoin (if you do not know how, type “how to buy bitcoins” on google search)
    BTC ADDRESS: 19fWEwKTK63ggfGLHnhFQMbSQ6fYga8gG
    Amount to be sent: $2500

    I understand, now you may be thinking, “I’ll just go to the cops”. Without a doubt, I’ve taken steps to ensure that this email message can’t be linked returning to me plus it will not stop the evidence from destroying your lifetime. I am not trying to steal all your savings. I am just looking to get paid for the time I put in exploring you.

    You should not tell anybody what you would be sending the Bitcoins for or they may not provide it to you. The procedure to have bitcoins may take a day or two so do not delay.

    I’ve a specific pixel in this email message, and now I know that you’ve read through this email. You have one day to make the payment. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will definitely send your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, and so forth. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the all the files asap. It is a non negotiable one time offer, thus please do not waste my personal time.

  18. I received the same email as well in South Africa. I am used to phishing scams as my junk folder will testify to that. I use Outlook to access my emails, which allows me to automatically log in to my various email accounts. What concerned me was how they got hold of my old email login password. I had forgotten that I had changed my password a year ago, and a phone call to my service provider confirmed this. It seems that old passwords go to a place to die and are then resurrected by some necromancer in his mom’s basement. So my advice is cut and paste the first few sentences of any such phishing email to Google and this will confirm its true motive. The lack of originality in the construction of these emails shows a certain lack of industry on the part of the sender or at least a poor grasp of the English language. You can also thwart this activity by bringing it up in casual conversation.

    1. I received the same email as well in South Africa. I am used to phishing scams as my junk folder will testify to that. I use Outlook to access my emails, which allows me to automatically log in to my various email accounts. What concerned me was how they got hold of my old email login password. I had forgotten that I had changed my password a year ago, and a phone call to my service provider confirmed this. It seems that old passwords go to a place to die and are then resurrected by some necromancer in his mom’s basement. So my advice is cut and paste the first few sentences of any such phishing email to Google and this will confirm its true motive. The lack of originality in the construction of these emails shows a certain lack of industry on the part of the sender or at least a poor grasp of the English language. You can also thwart this activity by bringing it up in casual conversation.

    2. Sorry about the repeat, something went wrong when posting. I checked the blockchain account from the information posted by a previous poster and am happy to report that no-one has paid into that account. Possibly because the blackmailer asked for $9,000 in BitCoins? A bit steep for the average victim to pay, but once again illustrating the lack of nous on behalf of the blackmailer.

  19. My gullible boss at work got this and freaked out.
    Except in his email, the errors were fixed. The hacker must be a reader of withoutbullshit.come. However, they did use “pass word” instead of “password”, like it is above.
    Also, you may notice that the email only uses the person’s first name. If this hacker had all the person’s information, you’d think maybe they’d know the last name of the person they are trying to con.

  20. I actually got three of these emails (they all ended up in my spam folder). I only found them because I was looking for another email I was waiting for. Each email had a different “confidentiality fee”, interestingly enough, and a different Bitcoin code. I checked the codes on Block chain, and they did get money from one person, unfortunately. I’m so glad I looked this up!

  21. I’ve got it right now – and I’m from Belarus. They ask for $7000

    I am well aware ххххххххх one of your pass word. Lets get straight to point. No one has paid me to check you. You may not know me and you’re most likely wondering why you are getting this e mail?

    Well, I placed a malware on the xxx videos (porno) web-site and there’s more, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were viewing videos, your internet browser started working as a Remote control Desktop that has a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and also web camera. Right after that, my software program obtained all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, as well as e-mail . After that I created a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you have a good taste hehe), and 2nd part shows the view of your web camera, yeah its you.

    You got not one but two choices. Shall we go through these types of solutions in aspects:

    1st option is to skip this e mail. In this case, I most certainly will send your very own recorded material to all of your contacts and just consider about the disgrace you feel. Moreover if you are in a relationship, how it will affect?

    Number two option will be to compensate me $7000. We will regard it as a donation. In such a case, I most certainly will immediately remove your video. You will continue on with your daily life like this never happened and you would never hear back again from me.

    You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    BTC Address to send to: 1GuZfxkjWHNCJfRevD7KAXa5NqRetDWgJH
    [CASE-SENSITIVE so copy and paste it]

    If you have been making plans for going to the police, anyway, this mail cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my moves. I am not trying to demand very much, I just like to be rewarded. I have a special pixel in this email, and right now I know that you have read through this mail. You have one day in order to pay. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will, no doubt send your video to all of your contacts including family members, co-workers, and so forth. However, if I receive the payment, I will erase the video right away. If you need evidence, reply with Yes! then I definitely will send out your video recording to your 6 friends. This is a nonnegotiable offer and thus please do not waste my personal time & yours by responding to this mail.

  22. This version received in UK 23 July from “Lawton Erlich” <

    ======================
    XXXXXX one of your passphrase. Lets get straight to point. Nobody has compensated me to investigate about you. You may not know me and you’re probably wondering why you are getting this e-mail?

    Let me tell you, I installed a malware on the 18+ vids (pornographic material) site and guess what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching video clips, your internet browser started out working as a Remote Desktop with a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your screen and also web camera. Right after that, my software program collected your complete contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, as well as e-mailaccount. And then I created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you’ve got a nice taste ; )), and second part displays the view of your cam, & its u.

    You will have 2 solutions. We are going to explore these types of solutions in details:

    Very first choice is to skip this e-mail. In this case, I will send out your video recording to each one of your personal contacts and thus imagine regarding the embarrassment you will definitely get. And as a consequence should you be in a romantic relationship, exactly how it would affect?

    Second alternative should be to pay me $7000. Let us call it a donation. Subsequently, I most certainly will immediately erase your video. You could go on your way of life like this never took place and you would never hear back again from me.

    You will make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    BTC Address to send to: 1GsjSFR878viktp5AiGYyKjW9mq4eLsZcL
    [case sensitive copy and paste it]

    Should you are looking at going to the authorities, very well, this e-mail can not be traced back to me. I have taken care of my actions. I am just not looking to charge you a lot, I simply prefer to be rewarded. You have one day in order to pay. I have a special pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this e-mail. If I do not receive the BitCoins, I will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, and so on. However, if I do get paid, I will erase the video immediately. If you want to have proof, reply Yes & I will certainly send out your video to your 12 friends. This is a non:negotiable offer thus do not waste my time and yours by replying to this e-mail.

  23. Here’s mine received today 7/23/18
    xxxxxxxxxx is your secret password. I won’t beat around the bush. You do not know anything about me but I “now” know alot about you and you must be wondering why you’re getting this mail, right?

    Well, I installed malware on adult video clips (porno) & do you know what, you visited same adult website to have pleasure (you get my drift). When you were watching video clips, your device started functioning as a RDP (Remote Computer) having a key logger which allowed me access to your system and also your camera access. Right after that, my software program obtained your entire contacts from your fb, as well as email.

    Exactly what did I do?
    It is just your misfortune that I stumbled across your misdemeanor. Later I invested in more days than I should have digging into your personal life and generated a two screen video. 1st half displays the recording you had been viewing and 2nd half displays the video of your cam (it is someone doing inappropriate things)

    What should you do?
    Actually, I’m ready to destroy about you and allow you to move on with your regular life. And I am going to give you two options that can accomplish it. The two options are either to ignore this message (not recommended), or pay me $2900 to end this chapter forever. Let us investigate those two options in more details.

    Option One is to ignore this e-mail. Let me tell you what will happen if you take this path. I definitely will send out your video to your entire contacts including members of your family, colleagues, and many others. It doesn’t protect you from the humiliation your self will face when friends and family uncover your dirty sextape from me in their inbox.
    Second Option is to make the payment of $2900. We’ll call it my “keep the secret fee”. Lets discuss what will happen when you go with this path. Your dirty secret remains your secret. I will erase the sextape. After you pay, You move on with your routine life and family as though nothing like this ever happened.

    You will make the transfer by Bitcoins (if you don’t know how, type “how to buy “bitcoin” in search engine)
    BTC ADDRESS: 1FrKKvRNDDkJfAtaKXFkkaNrtmDE9j8d5H
    (It is case sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Note: You have one day in order to make the payment. (I’ve a special pixel within this e mail, and now I know that you have read this email message). Don’t tell anyone what you would be transferring the bitcoin for or they might not provide it to you. The procedure to get bitcoins can take a day or two so do not delay.
    If I do not get the BitCoins, I definitely will send your videotape to all of your contacts including family members, coworkers, and many others. nonetheless, if I receive the payment, I will erase the video immediately. If you need proof, reply with “yes!” and I will certainly send out your sextape to your 6 friends. It is a non-negotiable one time offer, so do not ruin my time and yours by responding to this e mail.

  24. Delivered 23 Jul 2018 18:36 EDT, from “Moises Vonkapff,” citing a valid password from xvideos.com:

    I am aware xxxxxxxx one of your password. Lets get straight to purpose. Nobody has paid me to investigate you. You don’t know me and you are most likely thinking why you’re getting this e mail?

    In fact, I setup a software on the X streaming (porno) site and you know what, you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching videos, your internet browser started operating as a Remote control Desktop that has a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your display and webcam. Immediately after that, my software program collected your entire contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and emailaccount. After that I made a double video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you have a good taste rofl), and next part displays the recording of your web camera, yeah its u.

    You actually have a pair of options. Shall we look at these possibilities in aspects:

    First choice is to dismiss this email. In this scenario, I will send your actual videotape to just about all of your personal contacts and then you can easily imagine about the humiliation you can get. And consequently in case you are in a loving relationship, just how it will affect?

    Number two choice should be to compensate me $7000. Let us refer to it as a donation. In this scenario, I most certainly will instantaneously discard your video footage. You can continue on with everyday life like this never occurred and you will not hear back again from me.

    You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google search engine).
    BTC Address to send to: 1NaguMRiPsj363YFnJ19pTkQRkTEXwqgNk
    [case sensitive copy and paste it]

    If you have been looking at going to the cop, anyway, this mail cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my actions. I am also not attempting to ask you for money so much, I wish to be paid. You now have one day in order to pay. I’ve a specific pixel in this e mail, and at this moment I know that you have read this e-mail. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will send out your video to all of your contacts including close relatives, colleagues, and many others. Nevertheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video right away. It’s a non-negotiable offer and so don’t waste my time & yours by responding to this message. If you want evidence, reply with Yea then I will send out your video to your 15 friends.

  25. What I’d like to know: Have I set a record for the extortion amount expected? This slime ball wants $5 grand! Also, the tone is really annoying. Here’s the one I received and I inserted within it some snide commentary:

    XXXXXX is one of your Password. Lets get straight to the point. You don’t know me whereas I “now” know alot about you and you must be thinking why are you receiving this email, right? <>

    You may be thinking “how?”, I actually placed malware on sex vids (pornographic material) and there’s more, you visited same sex web site to have pleasure (if you know what I mean). And when you got busy watching those videos, your web browser started functioning as a RDP (Remote Desktop) having a backdoor which provided me with access to your display screen as well as your webcam recordings. Right after that, the software obtained every one of your contacts from your social networks, and e-mail. <>

    What have I done? <> It’s simply your bad luck that I found your misadventures. <> Next, I put in more time than I probably should have exploring into your data and generated a two screen sextape. <> First half displays the recording you were viewing and second part shows the recording of your web cam (its you doing naughty things) <>

    Exactly what can you do?
    Honestly, I am willing to forget everything about you and allow you to move on with your regular life. <>And I am about to give you a way out that will make it happen. <>These two choices are either to disregard this email (bad for you and your family), or pay me $ 5000 to finish this mattter forever. <> Let us explore these 2 options in details.

    Alternative one is to turn a deaf ear my email. <>You should know what is going to happen if you opt this path. I definitely will send out your video to all of your contacts including close relatives, colleagues, and many others. It does not shield you from the humiliation your household will have to face when friends and family discover your dirty videotape.
    Second Option is to make the payment of $ 5000. We’ll name it my “privacy fee”. <> Now let me tell you what will happen if you pick this path. Your naughty secret remains private. I’ll destroy the recording. After you you pay me my fees, <>You can freely keep your lifetime and family like nothing like this ever happened. <>

    You will make the transfer via Bitcoins (if you don’t know how, search “how to buy “bitcoins” on search engine)
    My BTC Address: 186nxWAcEPDzGvxnGvKCjrhfREtcP9n2HS
    (It is cASe sensitive, so copy and paste it carefully) <>

    Important: You have one day to make the payment. <>(I’ve a unique pixel in this mail, and now I know that you have read this e mail). You must not explain nobody what you would be using the Bitcoins for or they will often not give it to you. <> The procedure to get bitcoin can take a couple of days so do not delay. <>

    If I don’t get the Bitcoin, I definitely will send your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, co-workers, and so forth. <>having said that, if I do get paid, I will erase the videotape immediately. <> If you want evidence, reply with “yes!” and I definitely will send out your video to your 6 contacts. <>It is a non negotiable one time offer, thus kindly do not waste my personal time & yours by replying to this message. <>

    THE END

    This is an obvious scam, but it should alert recipients to be aware of our dwindling privacy. The NSA has obliterated our 4th Amendment and routinely records all phone conversations. ISP providers sell info and Smart devices record data as well. Never buy an “Alexa” or such device that can also record family conversations. It’s already bad enough, but when government becomes the extortionist, then it will really become scary because they will be able to use far more sophisticated means to shake down citizens.

  26. I got another today which must have been better-written because it didn’t go into my Spam folder like last week’s. The email address they sent it to is my e-commerce address, which doesn’t have any part of a human name in it, so they didn’t know what gender to assign my spouse or even what a first name could be. Since I don’t have a web cam, I guess I get to keep all my bitcoins.

  27. Hi there,
    I got mine this morning…

    I went to a Bitcoin address lookup site and found that some poor bastards did send the Money…

    Please don’t let you be fooled!!!

  28. On this one today 24 July 2018 from Deva Kanter

    I do know XXXXX1! one of your passphrase. Lets get straight to purpose. Not one person has paid me to check about you. You may not know me and you are most likely wondering why you are getting this e-mail?

    Well, I actually installed a malware on the 18+ video clips (porno) web site and do you know what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching video clips, your browser started working as a Remote control Desktop having a keylogger which gave me access to your display and also cam. Right after that, my software collected your complete contacts from your Messenger, social networks, as well as email . Next I created a double-screen video. First part displays the video you were viewing (you’ve got a good taste omg), and next part shows the view of your cam, yeah it is you.

    You have two different choices. Let us look at these possibilities in details:

    First choice is to ignore this e-mail. As a consequence, I most certainly will send your recorded material to all of your personal contacts and thus just consider about the humiliation you will definitely get. In addition if you happen to be in a loving relationship, just how it can affect?

    2nd option will be to pay me $7000. Lets call it a donation. In this case, I most certainly will instantly remove your video footage. You will resume your daily routine like this never happened and you would never hear back again from me.

    You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google search engine).

    BTC Address: 1GsncvNz7cJBzBHtJ3DCwr2Uot72EFFjiU
    [CASE-sensitive, copy & paste it]

    If you may be looking at going to the cops, surely, this message can not be traced back to me. I have taken care of my actions. I am not attempting to charge a fee a huge amount, I only want to be rewarded. I’ve a unique pixel in this email message, and now I know that you have read through this e-mail. You have one day to make the payment. If I do not get the BitCoins, I will, no doubt send your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, colleagues, etc. However, if I do get paid, I will erase the recording right away. If you want evidence, reply with Yup! then I will send your video to your 13 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer thus don’t waste mine time and yours by replying to this mail.

    1. Hi, I have written to Spanish Police, and they said me that it is “Sextorsion” (Spanish name) , I don´t know the name in English sorry, but, they said me that I don´t pay (I know) and I should change my passwords (I know too), and I think that you too, I hope to help you.

  29. Hello I´m from Spain, and this mornig I have received this mail:

    XXXXXXX is one of your Password. I will cut to the chase. You do not know me however I “now” know you very well and you are most likely wondering why are you receiving this e mail, correct?

    How did I find out? The answer is, I setup malware on porn vids (pornographic material) & guess what, you accessed same adult web site to experience pleasure (if you know what I mean). And while you were busy enjoying those videos, your internet browser started working as a RDP (Remote Control Desktop) that has a backdoor which provided me access to your system and also your webcam access. Right after that, my malware collected all of your contacts from social networks, and email.

    What did I do?
    It is simply your hard luck that I saw your bad deeds. I then invested in more time than I should have looking into your personal life and prepared a double screen videotape. First half displays the recording you were viewing and 2nd part displays the recording of your web cam (it is someone doing nasty things)

    What should you do?
    Actually, I am ready to remove about you and allow you to get on with your daily life. And I am about to offer you a way out that may achieve it. These two choices are to either turn a blind eye to this message (bad for you), or pay me $2200. Let’s understand above two options in more details.

    Option 1 is to disregard this e mail. Let me tell you what is going to happen if you select this option. I will certainly send out your video recording to your entire contacts including friends and family, colleagues, and many others. It will not shield you from the humiliation you and your family will need to feel when relatives and buddies find out your sordid videotape in their inbox.
    Wise option is to pay me $2200. We’ll name this my “confidentiality fee”. Now Lets discuss what happens when you choose this option. Your dirty secret Will remain your secret. I will erase the recording. Once you pay, You continue on with your life and family like none of this ever happened.

    You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, type “how to buy “bitcoin” on google)
    BTC ADDRESS IS: 1DBQGYuq229QG9zTW3tmZPVDiE8vAgHN5i
    (It is CASE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Notice: You have one day in order to make the payment. (I have a unique pixel in this e mail, and right now I know that you have read through this email). DO NOT TELL anybody what you will be sending the bitcoin for or they may not give it to you. The method to have bitcoin will take a short time so do not delay.
    If I do not receive the Bitcoin, I will definitely send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, colleagues, and so forth. however, if I do get paid, I will erase the sextape immediately. If you want to have evidence, reply with “yes!” and I definitely will send out your video recording to your 8 friends. It is a non negotiable one time offer, thus kindly don’t waste my personal time and yours by replying to this email.

  30. Got mine today (Australia):

    Lets get directly to the purpose. You do not know me and you are probably thinking why you are getting this e-mail? No one has paid me to investigate you.

    In fact, I installed a software on the adult videos (adult porn) web-site and there’s more, you visited this website to have fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching video clips, your web browser began functioning as a Remote Desktop having a key logger which provided me accessibility to your screen as well as web cam. after that, my software program gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, as well as emailaccount. Next I created a video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste hahah), and 2nd part displays the view of your web camera, & it is you.

    You got 2 choices. We are going to explore the choices in particulars:

    Very first alternative is to skip this message. In this instance, I most certainly will send your video clip to each of your your personal contacts and just consider regarding the disgrace you can get. Not to forget in case you are in a committed relationship, precisely how it will certainly affect?

    Number 2 alternative will be to compensate me $7000. We will think of it as a donation. In such a case, I will right away erase your videotape. You could go on with your daily routine like this never happened and you will never hear back again from me.

    You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search for “how to buy bitcoin” in Google search engine).

    BTC Address: 1FH5jFFvtvoTAcwZBRxTaFCaPXwNECRYfs
    [case sensitive copy and paste it]

    In case you are thinking of going to the cops, good, this e-mail cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my steps. I am not trying to ask you for money so much, I only want to be rewarded. You have one day in order to make the payment. I’ve a special pixel within this e-mail, and right now I know that you have read through this e mail. If I do not get the BitCoins, I will definitely send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, etc. Having said that, if I do get paid, I will erase the recording immediately. It’s a non-negotiable offer, and thus do not waste mine time and yours by replying to this email. If you want to have evidence, reply Yes! & I will send out your video to your 8 contacts.

    1. Just to complete the history log. I got mine in Germany, on July 23rd, from the sender Taiga Kobzik (akmeyeref@outlook.com). Must be awfully funny to come up with these names…

      Text reads as follows:
      “XYZ is your passphrase. Lets get straight to point. You do not know me and you are probably thinking why you are getting this e-mail? There is no one who has paid me to investigate about you.

      Let me tell you, I actually setup a malware on the X videos (porno) web site and there’s more, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing video clips, your browser started out functioning as a Remote control Desktop with a key logger which provided me with access to your screen and webcam. Immediately after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as e-mailaccount. After that I made a double video. First part displays the video you were watching (you’ve got a nice taste rofl), and second part displays the view of your web cam, yea it is u.

      You actually have two different choices. We will analyze the possibilities in details:

      First solution is to neglect this e mail. In this case, I most certainly will send your video to each one of your contacts and thus visualize about the awkwardness you will definitely get. And likewise if you happen to be in a romance, just how it can affect?

      Second choice should be to give me $7000. I will refer to it as a donation. As a result, I will instantly erase your video. You could continue on with your daily routine like this never happened and you never will hear back again from me.

      You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

      BTC Address: 1DYFSFxWUdytaBAD9VQMmTt82RMeSEKD8D
      [case SENSITIVE, copy & paste it]

      If you have been thinking about going to the authorities, anyway, this e-mail cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my actions. I am not trying to demand a whole lot, I just want to be paid. You now have one day in order to pay. I have a specific pixel within this mail, and at this moment I know that you have read this email. If I don’t receive the BitCoins, I will definitely send out your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, colleagues, and so on. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the video right away. If you want proof, reply with Yes! then I will send your video recording to your 15 friends. This is a nonnegotiable offer, and thus do not waste my personal time & yours by responding to this e-mail.”

      The password is about 10 yrs old, and back then I used it indeed (foolishly enough) with two or three different providers (LinkedIn being one of them). That this data (pass + email combination) has been hacked without me being informed about the ID theft is the only this that sort of worries me. Maybe some other databases have been intruded as well, and some of my more recent passwords are out there…
      Thanks to w/o_bullshit.com. It’s good to learn from one another…

  31. I got one this morning and found my way to this post, which is very informative. After the initial jolt of seeing a familiar password I quickly realised it was a scam. The password is old and is the least secure version of it that I used. It would have been from an insecure site where no bank details etc are necessary – such as a forum. They didn’t even have my name and presented no other personal information other than my email address and this ancient password.
    It did strike me as unlikely that such a transparent scam would fool somebody who would be able to use bitcoin (even after looking it up). The trap seems to depend on a lethal combination of panic and shame.

  32. Received 4 mails like that in 8 days.

    According to my web security provider, it started showing up in Europe two months ago.

  33. I must be special. The scammer wanted $8000 from me 🙂

    It WAS my password – but one I had not used for at least 10 years.

    I could care less if the world knows I have watched porn or have done “nasty things”.

    And since my web camera is covered there’s no way anyone could access it.

  34. I got THREE of these in the last few weeks (today being the third time). Emails similar (slight variations, but, effectively, the same email) overall with the primary differences being the sender, bitcoin address, and, in the 3rd email, dollar amount. The first two wanted $1900- the third wants $8000.

  35. I guess I got the old version, lol,

    XXXXXXX is your pass word. Lets get straight to the purpose. You do not =
    know me and you’re probably wondering why you’re getting this e-mail? None =
    has compensated me to investigate you.=0A=
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    te and there’s more, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mea=
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    orking as a Remote Desktop with a keylogger which provided me with access t=
    o your screen and webcam. after that, my software program obtained your ent=
    ire contacts from your Messenger, social networks, as well as e-mailaccount=
    . After that I made a double-screen video. First part shows the video you w=
    ere viewing (you have a fine taste lol), and 2nd part shows the view of you=
    r web camera, yea it is you. =0A=
    =0A=
    You have 2 options. We will check out each of these solutions in particular=
    s:=0A=
    =0A=
    First choice is to neglect this e mail. In this situation, I am going to se=
    nd your very own recorded material to every single one of your personal con=
    tacts and then you can easily imagine about the embarrassment you can get. =
    In addition in case you are in a committed relationship, just how it can af=
    fect?=0A=
    =0A=
    Latter choice is to pay me $7000. Lets describe it as a donation. In this s=
    ituation, I will straight away erase your video. You will resume your daily=
    life like this never occurred and you are never going to hear back again f=
    rom me.=0A=
    =0A=
    You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to=
    buy bitcoin” in Google). =0A=
    =0A=
    BTC Address to send to: 1DEWRjFkhe3CUW8XUyBehf5feFu1Fvo2e5=0A=
    [case SENSITIVE copy and paste it]=0A=
    =0A=
    Should you are thinking of going to the authorities, good, this email messa=
    ge cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my moves. I am not trying to=
    demand so much, I only want to be rewarded. I’ve a special pixel within th=
    is email message, and right now I know that you have read this message. You=
    have one day to pay. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will definately send o=
    ut your video recording to all of your contacts including friends and famil=
    y, colleagues, and so forth. Having said that, if I do get paid, I will era=
    se the video right away. If you really want evidence, reply Yes! then I wi=
    ll certainly send out your video recording to your 12 contacts. It’s a non-=
    negotiable offer, and thus do not waste my time and yours by responding to =
    this email message.=

    Just in case someone is collecting all variations haha

  36. UK based, received 24/07 – Title of email was email address and an ancient password. I pretty much guessed it was bullshit, but nice to see so many variations on the same theme!

    “04:08
    Arvind Worrall

    Lets get right to the point. Nobody has paid me to check about you. You do not know me and you’re most likely thinking why you are getting this e mail?

    Well, I placed a malware on the X videos (sexually graphic) web site and do you know what, you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching video clips, your browser started working as a Remote control Desktop having a key logger which provided me accessibility to your screen as well as web camera. Just after that, my software program collected all your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as e-mail . And then I created a double video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste hehe), and second part displays the view of your web cam, yeah it is you.

    You got 2 possibilities. Shall we go through these types of solutions in aspects:

    1st option is to ignore this e mail. In that case, I am going to send out your video to every one of your personal contacts and just imagine about the humiliation you will see. Do not forget if you are in a loving relationship, how it can affect?

    Latter solution is to pay me $7000. Lets describe it as a donation. In this situation, I most certainly will quickly remove your video. You can go on everyday life like this never took place and you are never going to hear back again from me.

    You’ll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search for “how to buy bitcoin” in Google search engine).

    BTC Address to send to: 141pu8PQc1ScZVSSvDD4ADzdkA2vwSzNYm
    [case-SENSITIVE, copy & paste it]

    Should you are looking at going to the police, surely, this mail can not be traced back to me. I have covered my moves. I am also not trying to demand so much, I would like to be paid for. I have a unique pixel in this mail, and right now I know that you have read through this e mail. You now have one day to pay. If I don’t receive the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your video to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, and many others. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I will erase the video immediately. This is a non-negotiable offer therefore don’t waste mine time & yours by responding to this message. If you really want evidence, reply Yup & I will send your video recording to your 9 friends”

  37. I am in Belgium and I received mine last night

    Lets get right to the purpose. You don’t know me and you’re probably thinking why you are getting this e-mail? No person has paid me to investigate you.

    In fact, I actually setup a malware on the adult videos (porn) web-site and you know what, you visited this website to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your browser started working as a Remote control Desktop that has a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your screen as well as cam. Just after that, my software gathered all of your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and emailaccount. And then I made a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you have a fine taste rofl), and next part displays the recording of your webcam, & its u.

    You do have two different solutions. We should explore these types of options in aspects:

    1st option is to just ignore this e-mail. In this situation, I most certainly will send out your very own video recording to almost all of your contacts and thus just consider regarding the embarrassment you will get. Do not forget should you be in an important relationship, precisely how it is going to affect?

    Latter choice is to compensate me $7000. We will refer to it as a donation. In this instance, I will instantly eliminate your video recording. You can go forward your daily life like this never took place and you will not hear back again from me.

    You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google search engine).

    BTC Address to send to: 15PLh8HR8DskvqdXAPqUV9fBch29fBQbn2
    [case sensitive so copy and paste it]

    If you are curious about going to the police, look, this e mail can not be traced back to me. I have taken care of my actions. I am just not trying to charge you much, I only want to be paid. You now have one day in order to pay. I’ve a specific pixel in this email, and now I know that you have read this e-mail. If I do not get the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so on. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the video immediately. If you really want proof, reply Yea! and I definitely will send your video recording to your 6 friends. It’s a non-negotiable offer, and so please don’t waste mine time & yours by responding to this e-mail.

  38. Hi Josh,
    Finding your site really made my day again! Phew. Thanks very much 🙂
    I’m writing this from North-West England, UK.

    Today I found a version of this scam in the spam folder of my Yahoo email account. It was a real shock to see my password (the least secure version from a while back) together with my email address. Suddenly spam was personal and threatening instead of being an easily spotted pathetic trick. There’s some ugly folk out there!

    I took heart in reading other experiences here, and read again my targeted attack. Grammar was good but not perfect. $7000 was demanded.

    The menacing “You do not know me however I now know you very well” didn’t stack up against the claim of this blackmail recording using my web cam – I don’t have a web cam connected! If my contacts had really been harvested then it would be have been easy to include a few for proof of that. And my name is not mentioned so I could now see that these criminals only really had my email address together with an old password. Bast@rds!

    “special pixel within this e-mail” to report back that I’d read it?? I was not aware of such technology so I looked it up. Invisible tracking pixels do exist which with their software can detect the exact time and date an email has been opened. To get around this just stop photos from automatically loading. My Yahoo account had this facility enabled for the spam folder so it would seem this blackmail would not report back if indeed there was a tracker in it.

    I’ve checked the excellent “haveibeenpwned.com” web site and Yes, my email has now been picked up on five breached sites – this was not the case a few months back when I last checked..

    A wake-up call indeed! Now to go through all old accounts which might still have this old password of mine..

    Thanks again Josh – a true crusader for honest folk on the net

  39. Oh and I forgot to add that I always have Norton installed and updated on my PC. Today I ran a full scan including their Power Eraser for difficult to determine threats, this would detect any keyloggers. My PC was clean.

  40. Also got this one this evening.

    As with others an old password that was on LinkedIn. The only personal information was the password and email address.

    I also noted the comment about the tracking pixel and saw it wasn’t present in the email (viewed the HTML source, it was a plain text email). Although Gmail cut it short with a “read entire email” at the bottom. Supprised it’s getting through GMail spam filters, although it doesn’t have any of the spam triggers like tracking pixels etc.

    I have been using LastPass since the LinkedIn issue but knew I had a few sites left still using the old password. Used their security challenge to do a check through of all my sites. Hackers could have logged into my Screwfix (UK company – giving away my location) account to see all my DIY purchases.

    I’m a Mac user and have avast installed and if something did get through avast, their UK office is on the same office park as mine!

    This was also using my Gmail address, but I generally use my personal domain e-mail address. I have been switching my logins to use that address (which is clean according to https://haveibeenpwned.com/). Also a trick, I can have anything@mydomain.com so when I sign up to a newsletter etc. I use thirdparty@mydomain.com and track and sharing of my emails.

  41. I got mine earlier today. Thanks for this page, glad to know I’m not the only one.

    ——————-
    I’m going to cut to the chase. You don’t know anything about me but I “now” know you very well and you are probably wondering why you’re getting this email, correct?

    Do you wanna know how?, I actually placed malware on adult video clips (porn material) and guess what, you visited same sex website to experience pleasure (know what I mean?). When you were busy watching videos, your device initiated operating as a RDP (Remote Control Desktop) having a backdoor which gave me access to your system and your web cam controls. Right after that, my software obtained your entire contacts from messenger, social networks, and mailbox.

    What did I do?
    It’s just your misfortune that I came across your misdemeanor. After that I invested in more time than I probably should’ve looking into your life and prepared a two view videotape. First half displays the recording you had been viewing and other part shows the capture from your cam (it is someone doing naughty things)

    What can you do?
    Genuinely, I am ready to remove about you and let you get on with your life. And I am about to give you two options which will accomplish your freedom. Those two option is to either ignore this e mail (not recommended), or pay me $ 2200. Let’s understand those two options in details.

    First Alternative is to turn a blind eye to this e mail. You should know what is going to happen if you select this path. I will certainly send your video recording to all of your contacts including friends and family, co-workers, and so on. It will not save you from the humiliation your family will feel when friends uncover your dirty sextape from me in their inbox.
    Second Option is to make the payment of $ 2200. We will call it my “keep the secret fee”. Now Lets see what will happen when you pick this choice. Your dirty secret remains your secret. I’ll destroy the recording. After you you pay me my fees, You can freely go on with your lifetime and family as though nothing like this ever occurred.

    You will make the transfer through Bitcoins (if you don’t know this simply search “how to buy bitcoins” on search engine)
    BTC ADDRESS IS: 14oCKbBtCHdkWUetcS49BvH8Z3JxQM4xGb
    (It’s case sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Note: You now have one day to make the payment. (I’ve a specific pixel within this email, and now I know that you’ve read this message). Don’t tell anyone what will you be sending the Bitcoins for or they possibly will not give it to you. The task to have bitcoin will take a short time so do not put it off.
    If I don’t get the Bitcoins, I will send out your videotape to all of your contacts including family members, coworkers, and many others. having said that, if I do get paid, I’ll erase the videotape immediately. If you want to have proof, reply with “yes!” and I will send out your sextape to your 8 friends. It’s a non negotiable offer, thus do not ruin my time and yours by replying to this message.

  42. Hi,

    received the mail yesterday. Due the used E-Mail (forwarder) was only used on two portals…I am relaxed (changed the mail adress and password there)

    *****
    from Lezlie Huber

    I do know [removed] one of your pass word. Lets get right to the point. No-one has paid me to check you. You may not know me and you are most likely wondering why you are getting this mail?

    In fact, I actually setup a malware on the 18+ streaming (sexually graphic) web site and there’s more, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing videos, your browser began working as a RDP that has a key logger which provided me access to your screen and also cam. Right after that, my software collected every one of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as emailaccount. And then I made a video. First part displays the video you were viewing (you have a fine taste : )), and 2nd part shows the view of your cam, and its u.

    You do have not one but two possibilities. We are going to read up on each one of these solutions in details:

    1st option is to dismiss this email message. As a consequence, I most certainly will send your recorded material to each of your your contacts and then imagine about the embarrassment that you receive. And definitely if you are in an important relationship, how this will affect?

    In the second place solution would be to give me $7000. We are going to think of it as a donation. Subsequently, I will without delay erase your video footage. You will keep going on your daily routine like this never occurred and you would never hear back again from me.

    You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    BTC Address to send to: 12S2aCy8W3hgKSP697jB6rGwwpuwoTPuSc
    [CASE-SENSITIVE so copy & paste it]

    In case you are making plans for going to the police, very well, this email message cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my moves. I am also not looking to ask you for a whole lot, I would like to be paid for. I’ve a unique pixel in this email, and now I know that you have read this mail. You now have one day in order to pay. If I don’t receive the BitCoins, I will definitely send out your video to all of your contacts including friends and family, co-workers, and so forth. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the recording right away. This is a non-negotiable offer thus do not waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email message. If you really want evidence, reply with Yeah and I definitely will send your video to your 6 friends.

    *****
    Thank you for sharing this!

  43. Thank you for your article. I got one this morning. Forgive me for not reposting it here, but I’ll leave it to say it is pretty much identical to all the others that have been posted here already. Mine just opens with my password and then it says “I’ll cut to the chase”. Seems that the only thing that changes in these emails is really just the first couple of lines.
    Anyways, thanks again.

  44. I live in the Republic of Belarus. This is a variant of the letter that came to me on July 21 at 22: 28 from Elicia Sugawara (concatiwm@outlook.com):

    XXXXX is your passphrase. Lets get right to purpose. Absolutely no one has compensated me to investigate you. You don’t know me and you are probably thinking why you are getting this e-mail?

    actually, I installed a software on the adult videos (adult porn) web-site and there’s more, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing video clips, your web browser started out working as a Remote control Desktop with a keylogger which provided me accessibility to your display and also cam. Just after that, my software program collected all your contacts from your Messenger, social networks, and e-mailaccount. And then I made a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste hehe), and second part displays the recording of your web camera, & its you.

    You got not one but two solutions. Shall we review each of these possibilities in aspects:

    Very first alternative is to just ignore this e-mail. In this case, I most certainly will send out your very own video clip to just about all of your personal contacts and also think about regarding the shame you will get. And likewise if you happen to be in a romance, exactly how it will certainly affect?

    In the second place solution is to pay me $1000. I will describe it as a donation. As a consequence, I most certainly will instantly discard your videotape. You will keep going your daily routine like this never occurred and you never will hear back again from me.

    You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    BTC Address: 1H78e2eDuerxpckAf6pxDTk1Rpsy1v4Qdq
    [case-SENSITIVE, copy & paste it]

    Should you are thinking of going to the law, well, this email message cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my actions. I am not looking to demand much, I just like to be paid. You have one day in order to pay. I have a special pixel in this email message, and now I know that you have read this e-mail. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I definitely will send out your video to all of your contacts including friends and family, co-workers, etc. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the recording immediately. It’s a non:negotiable offer so please do not waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email. If you really want proof, reply Yeah & I definitely will send your video to your 14 contacts.

    +++

    Another nuance that points to the fraudster: at the end of the letter, he indicates that if you want evidence, he can send the video 14 my friends. This is clearly intimidation. If it was real, it would be enough to send the video only to me, right? But for the fraudster the main task is to intimidate, since there are no real trumps on his hands. I’ve also been sent an old, simplest version of my password, which I may have entered in the past without relying on special privacy. Do you think?

    Thank you for covering this issue)))

  45. I got mine from an address “Terrence Bouchard (pvljeremiahcbd at outlook)” on 25 JUL. Thanks for the post!!
    ————————–
    I investigated that,xxxxxxxx is one of your password and now I’m going to cut to the chase – You do not know me whereas I “now” know you very well and you must be wondering why you’re getting this mail, right?

    Let me tell you, I setup malware on porn video clips (pornographic material) and guess what, you accessed same sex website to experience fun (you know what I mean). And when you got busy enjoying those videos, your web browser initiated working as a RDP (Remote Desktop) that has a key logger which allowed me accessibility to your system as well as your web cam recordings. Just after that, the software program obtained every one of your contacts from facebook, as well as e-mail.

    What did I do?
    It is just your misfortune that I got to know about your bad deeds. Later I put in more days than I should have digging into your personal life and made a split-screen sextape. First half displays the video you had been watching and second half shows the capture of your web cam (it is someone doing dirty things)

    Exactly what should you do?
    In good faith, I want to remove everything about you and allow you to continue with your daily life. And my goal is to provide you two options that can make it happen. These two options are either to turn a deaf ear to this message (not recommended), or pay me $ 2700 to finish this chapter forever. Let’s examine above 2 options in details.

    First Choice is to turn a deaf ear this email message. Let me tell you what is going to happen if you pick this option. I definitely will send your video to your contacts including friends and family, colleagues, etc. It will not shield you from the humiliation you and your family will face when friends find out your dirty videotape from me in their inbox.
    Second Option is to send me $ 2700. We’ll name this my “keep the secret fee”. let me tell you what happens if you go with this path. Your naughty secret remains your secret. I will keep my mouth closed. Once you send the payment, You move on with your daily life and family as though nothing ever occurred.

    You will make the transfer via Bitcoins (if you do not know how simply type “how to buy bitcoin” in google search) BTC ADDRESS: 1AYZrtZFVXgSi53pkghwfsR8JVX6seKZfz
    (It is CASE sensitive, so copy and paste it carefully)

    Note: You now have one day in order to make the payment. (I’ve a specific pixel within this e mail, and at this moment I know that you have read through this e mail). You shouldn’t explain no one what you would use the Bitcoins for or they possibly will not offer it to you. The procedure to obtain bitcoins may take a couple of days so do not put it off.
    If I do not get the Bitcoin, I will send your videotape to all of your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, and so forth. having said that, if I do get paid, I will erase the videotape immediately. If you need proof, reply with “yes!” and I definitely will send out your sextape to your 14 friends. It’s a non negotiable one time offer, thus please don’t ruin my time and yours by replying to this e-mail.

  46. Thanks all for sharing this. That makes me feeling better 🙂 Living in Switzerland. Got a few identical e-mails for one week. Some of them in spams folder and some in my main box.

  47. Just an update. I found 4 more of these in my junk mail filter starting from 7/16. Different people, different bitcoins, all from a bogus outlook.com address. The email address in question was one that was breached in the LinkedIn breach from a few years ago. Keep changing your passwords!! I assume Microsoft is looking at this since they own the outlook product…. but you never know.

  48. I got a second one:

    is your personal password. I will cut to the chase. You do not know anything about me but I “now” know alot about you and you’re probably wondering why you are getting this e-mail, right?

    The truth is, I placed malware on adult vids (pornography) & do you know what, you accessed same porn website to experience fun (you know what I mean). And while you were busy watching those videos, your internet browser started out working as a RDP (Remote Computer) having a keylogger which gave me access to your screen and also your web cam controls. Just after that, the software obtained your complete contacts from your messenger, fb, as well as mailbox.

    What have I done?
    It’s simply your hard luck that I stumbled across your blunder. After that I gave in more days than I should’ve looking into your life and created a split screen videotape. First part shows the video you had been viewing and 2nd half shows the video of your webcam (its someone doing naughty things)

    Exactly what should you do?
    Genuinely, I’m ready to destroy exactly about you and allow you to continue with your regular life. And my goal is to provide you a way out that may achieve it. These two choices are either to disregard this message (bad for you), or pay me $ 8000. Let us examine those 2 options in depth.

    First Choice is to turn a blind eye to my mail. You should know what will happen if you choose this path. I will certainly send out your video recording to your contacts including family members, colleagues, etc. It doesn’t protect you from the humiliation your self will must feel when friends and family learn your sordid video in their inbox.
    Wise Option is to pay me $ 8000. We will call this my “confidentiality charges”. Now let me tell you what happens when you select this way out. Your naughty secret Will remain your secret. I’ll keep my mouth shut. After you you pay me my fees, You can freely go on with your routine life and family as though nothing like this ever happened.

    You’ll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you don’t know how, type “how to purchase “bitcoin” on google)
    BTC ADDRESS IS: 1CXy8KPve8JBvCJpscLF2giqGEuXdp8N86
    (It’s cASe sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Important: You now have one day in order to make the payment. (I’ve a special pixel in this message, and right now I know that you have read through this email message). You should not tell no-one what you would use the bitcoin for or they possibly will not provide it to you. The method to get bitcoin will take a short time so do not delay.
    If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will certainly send your video recording to all of your contacts including family members, co-workers, and so forth. however, if I do get paid, I’ll destroy the sextape immediately. If you want to have proof, reply with “yes!” and I definitely will send out your video recording to your 6 contacts. It’s a non negotiable offer, so please don’t ruin my time and yours by replying to this e mail.

    1. THIS ^^^^^ Take a moment to submit the email to MS. I got a response from them next day deleting the account. Send them ALL. Maybe they’ll see a pattern and find a way to cause problems for these scammers.

  49. Thank you so much for this thread. I just got the same letter as many people above, received in today in Canada. Resting easy now! Many thanks again to you all for your trouble.

  50. Got one today. A few posts here said this guy or guys actually got paid by some people. Feel so bad for those got tricked. Probably elderly people. Terrible

  51. Got mine this morning. Really old password. “Grover Sams ” wants 7000$. The BTC Address reads: 1EHzY8R3swn9PzjchUsbBJMCBX2SoP3dcc

  52. Clearly, something has been sold recently. I’ve received notifications from Haveivebeenpwned.com a number of times for one of my email addresses, so I’m not surprised I finally got something this specific. They asked for .85BTC. I have no idea what that translates to. Forwarded the message to abuse@outlook.com per someone’s suggestion. Will do so for any others I might receive. Thanks for posting this. The initial panic does make you want to do things you shouldn’t do…

  53. Thx for info, very usefull,
    I was fearing to give 50% credit to this blackmail being half true…most of all bacuse being written plane english and showin reasonable content , even if based of old passw of somewhat i don’t remeber!
    tnx again
    Alberto

    1. XXXXXXXXX is one of your personal password now I will cut to the chase. You do not know me whereas I know you very well and you must be wondering why you’re getting this e mail, correct?

      I placed malware on sex video clips (pornography) and there’s more, you visited this adult web site to have fun (if you know what I mean). And while you were busy watching those videos, your internet browser initiated functioning as a RDP (Remote Control Desktop) that has a backdoor which provided me access to your system as well as your webcam access. Immediately after that, my software program obtained every one of your contacts from facebook, and email.

      What I want?
      It’s simply your bad luck that I discovered your blunder. Later I gave in more time than I probably should’ve digging into your personal life and generated a double screen video. 1st part displays the recording you were watching and second part displays the recording of your web camera (its someone doing nasty things). In good faith, I am ready to destroy about you and let you get on with your daily life. And I am going to offer you a way out that can achieve it. Those two option is to either turn a blind eye to this e mail (not recommended), or pay me $ 7000.

      What should you do?
      Let’s investigate these two options in more depth. First Alternative is to turn a deaf ear this email. Let’s see what is going to happen if you pick this path. I will definitely send your sextape to all of your contacts including family members, coworkers, and many others. It does not save you from the humiliation your self will must feel when friends discover your sordid sextape in their inbox. Second Option is to make the payment of $ 7000. We will name this my “keep the secret tip”. let me tell you what happens when you choose this choice. Your naughty secret Will remain your secret. I’ll keep my mouth silent. Once you make the payment, I will let you go on with your life and family that none of this ever happened. You’ll make the transfer through Bitcoin (if you don’t know this simply search “how to buy bitcoins” in search engine)

      My BTC Address: 1CHY1xc6jBawH9nmpEfkLbQZTuDw9SfhKf
      (It’s case SENSITIVE, copy and paste it carefully)

      Important: You now have one day to make the payment. (I’ve a unique pixel in this email, and at this moment I know that you’ve read through this email). DO NOT TELL anybody what you would be utilizing the Bitcoins for or they possibly will not offer it to you. The process to get bitcoin can take a day or two so do not put it off. If I do not receive the Bitcoin, I will definately send out your videotape to all of your contacts including friends and family, co-workers, and so on. however, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the sextape immediately. If you need evidence, reply with “yes!” and I will send out your video to your 5 friends. It’s a non negotiable offer, so please don’t ruin my personal time & yours by replying to this message.

  54. JOSH – please update your article to include how to report it to Microsoft as I’m guessing most of these came from outlook.com addresses. FOR ALL: Report these emails and their sending email addresses to abuse@outlook.com. It’s probably best to send it fom the address you received the threat through. MS will close those accounts once notified.

  55. again a mail to the same mailadress with the same password:

    envelope-from from Michele

    It appears that, (XXXX), ‘s your password. Will possibly not know me and you are most likely wondering why you are getting this e-mail, right?

    in fact, I put in place a viruses over the adult videos (porno) web site and you know what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I am talking about). During the time you were watching videos, your internet browser began working like a RDP (Remote Desktop) which provided accessibility of your screen and webcam. after that, my computer software obtained all of your current contacts from your Messenger, Microsoft outlook, Facebook, along with emails.

    What did I actually do?

    I created a double-screen video clip. Very first part shows the recording you are watching (you’ve got a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the recording of your webcam.

    what exactly should you do?

    Well, in my opinion, $1000 is a fair price for your little hidden secret. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    Bitcoin Address: 14bPxCJdWv3kEvx6iQAHeyjuAhqkQYjTWi
    (It’s case sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Very important:
    You’ve 1 day to make the payment. (I’ve a unique pixel in this e-mail, and at this moment I know you have read this email message). If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your videos to all of your contacts including family, co-workers, and so forth. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will certainly send out your video recording to your 6 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, that being said don’t waste my personal time and yours by responding to this message.

    *****
    this time they want only 1000

  56. Thank you for letting us know about the questionable email you received.

    We found it violated the Microsoft Services Agreement http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/servicesagreement/default.aspx. The account is now suspended.

    For additional tips on dealing with online abuse, phishing scams, and junk email in the future, please visit this page (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/abuse-phishing-junk-email).

    Kindly,

    Lalaine
    Microsoft Online Safety

  57. Thanks for posting this. I found this same porn blackmail in my junk mailbox. I immediately knew it was a bunch of B.S. because just last week I got a notice from https://haveibeenpwned.com/ where I signed up to receive data breach notices about my email address. I was already changing all my passwords and logins to be safe. I also have never visited a porn site so they really targeted the wrong person. I’m no fool but I feel sorry for those that fall for it!

  58. Have just received mine. Seems that a few typos (like “pass word”) have been corrected in the meanwhile.
    The password shown in this mail was my real password … 8 years ago, on spotify, and it has indeed been leaked in the meanwhile (by the way : shame on you, spotify !). So obviously scammers are using these olds and outdated informations as an input data for their new scam. I was rather surprised that the letter is rather well writen.

    So bad for them : a) i only have linux machines (excepted my work laptop), so the whole technical bullshit does not work at all, b) i don’t have a single webcamera (the one on my work laptop is disabled in the BIOS), c) i don’t use any porn websites.

    “………….. is your password and now Lets get straight to the point. You don’t know anything about me whereas I know you and you’re probably thinking why you are receiving this email, correct?

    I actually placed malware on sex videos (porno) and guess what, you visited same adult web site to experience fun (know what I mean?). While you were busy watching videos, your internet browser started operating as a RDP (Remote Desktop) having a keylogger which allowed me access to your display screen and also your web camera access. Immediately after that, the software collected every one of your contacts from social networks, as well as email.

    What have I done?
    It is just your hard luck that I am aware of your misadventures. Later I gave in more days than I should’ve investigating into your personal life and prepared a two view video. 1st half displays the recording you were watching and other half shows the capture from your cam (its someone doing inappropriate things). Honestly, I am ready to remove details about you and let you get on with your life. And I am going to present you two options that will make it happen. The two alternatives are to either turn a deaf ear to this letter (not recommended), or pay me 0.7 BTC.

    Exactly what can you do?
    Let us understand these 2 options in depth. Option One is to disregard my mail. Let me tell you what is going to happen if you select this path. I will definitely send your video recording to all of your contacts including friends and family, colleagues, and so on. It won’t help you avoid the humiliation you and your family will face when friends and family discover your dirty sextape from me. Wise choise is to make the payment of 0.7 BTC. We will call this my “confidentiality fee”. let me tell you what will happen when you go with this option. Your little secret remains private. I’ll erase the sextape. After you you pay me my fees, You can freely continue on with your life and family that nothing ever happened. You will make the payment by Bitcoins

    Amount to be paid: 0.7 BTC
    My BTC Address: ………………………

    Notice: You now have one day in order to make the payment. (I’ve a specific pixel in this e mail, and now I know that you have read this mail). If I do not get the Bitcoin, I will definately send your videotape to all of your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, etc. nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I will erase the videotape immediately. If you want proof, reply with “yes!” and I will send your video to your 10 contacts. It is a non-negotiable one time offer, so kindly do not ruin my personal time & yours by responding to this message.”

    1. “so kindly do not ruin my personal time & yours by responding to this message.” Their unctuous, morally superior tone throughout is what riles me the most. He’s asking you for ‘kindness’ after he makes disgusting extortion threats. He doesn’t call it that though, he calls it a ‘fee’ for his service. He thinks he’s the good guy!

  59. I’ve just received this hoax. Let aside the fact that a decade old password of mine is used — and tons of old passwords are availabe at pastebin for anyone interested in scamming techniques –, one detail vouches for the fake nature of the scam at hand.

    The “(I’ve a specific pixel in this e mail, and now I know that you have read this mail)” part of the e-mail gives the criminal away, as the message contains no hidden pixel. By inspecting the source code of the message, I found no ““. Being so, no external access can me made by merely reading the criminal’s message. That simple. That fake. That stupid.

    Besides that, I use a notebook with the lid closed, connected to an external large monitor. Lid being closed, no camera is available for remote Peeping Toms.

    Relax, everybody, move on.

  60. I’m Brazilian and I received this email today! Requesting $ 8000 in bitcoins.
    Thank you for sharing information and preventing more people from falling into this blow!

  61. Mine asked for $3200 as well! Thanks for the link. Mine has received no funds. I wonder if there are any authorities we can report this too.

  62. I got a same email like this. But who are they kidding? I use a desktop PC without a webcam (I never go on cam like LOL,) and the email they sent to me, I haven’t used for years as well that password. Even if they have anything on me, go on and publish! More chance for them to be caught! Thanks to the author people are aware and not fall for anything like this.

  63. I received the following email some hours ago.
    A password that I have used was written in the Subject field, and also in the email body (I changed it to three dots).
    His Bitcoin Address is: 1KBrr6wV15NTxWFhY1FUQdrSTJ86TVPQZi (I edited out the * to make it possible to google).
    I know that the password he writes has been stolen a long time ago. The site https://haveibeenpwned.com/ proves this.
    I also know that he does not have any recorded video, because I have never done what he writes.
    I looked for a tracking pixel in the email source, but there seems to be no reference to anything at the Internet there
    Everything in this email is just lies.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————
    Let’s cut to the chase. I am aware … is your password. Moreover, I’m aware about your secret and I have proof of this. You do not know me and nobody paid me to examine you.

    It’s just your bad luck that I stumbled across your blunder. Well, I placed a malware on the adult video clips (porn) and you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching video clips, your internet browser initiated functioning as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) having a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your display screen as well as web cam. Just after that, my software program collected all of your contacts from your facebook, as well as email.

    After that I put in more hours than I probably should’ve digging into your life and generated a double screen video. 1st part displays the recording you had been watching and other part shows the view of your web cam (its you doing inappropriate things).

    Honestly, I want to forget everything about you and allow you to get on with your life. And my goal is to provide you 2 options that can achieve that. These two choices with the idea to ignore this letter, or perhaps pay me $3600. Let’s explore those two options in more details.

    Option One is to ignore this message. Let us see what is going to happen if you pick this option. I will certainly send out your video to all your contacts including relatives, colleagues, etc. It does not protect you from the humiliation your family will have to feel when family and friends discover your dirty videos from me.

    Second Option is to send me $3600. We will name it my “privacy charges”. Here is what happens if you opt this choice. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll destroy the video immediately. You keep your routine life as though none of this ever happened.

    At this point you may be thinking, “I should call the cops”. Let me tell you, I have covered my steps to ensure this e mail can’t be tracked time for me plus it won’t steer clear of the evidence from destroying your lifetime. I am not trying to dig a hole in your pocket. I just want to get compensated for my efforts I put in investigating you. Let’s assume you have chosen to produce all this go away and pay me the confidentiality fee. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know how, search “how to buy bitcoins” in google)

    Transfer Amount: $3600
    Send To This Bitcoin Address: 1KBrr6wV15N*TxWFhY1FUQdrSTJ86TVPQZi ( You need to Edit * from this address then note it)

    Share with nobody what you should be utilising the bitcoin for or they may not provide it to you. The task to have bitcoins may take a short time so do not procrastinate.
    I have a special pixel within this message, and now I know that you have read this email. You have 1 day in order to make the payment. If I do not get the Bitcoin, I will, no doubt send your video recording to all of your contacts including close relatives, co-workers, and so forth. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I will destroy the recording immediately. It’s a non negotiable offer, thus kindly do not ruin my personal time and yours. The clock is ticking. You should be aware that my tracker will be keeping tracking of the actions you take after you’re done looking over this message. Honestly, If you try to act smart then I will send out your sextape to your members of your family, co-workers before your deadline.

  64. Hi Folks,

    Got my variant of this Black Mirror-inspired blackmail threat today in Germany, sent from a United Domains account (udag.de), which I’ve reported.Had me going for a minute because of the password but, like for many of us, the password is a really old one, I’ve since switched to Lastpass and secure passwords. Probably the LinkedIn or Myfitnesspal breach I guess. (And forget porn browsing, that’s nothing compared to what’s on this PC work-wise. But I have antivirus, taped-over camera, the works…)

    Grammar is fair. The fact she only wants $1,000 doesn’t do anything for my pride in my body image, I must say… There is, of course, no tracking pixel in the email source, it’s a plain text email only with no HTML part. And, of course, no personal information whatsoever.

    Here is the text of the email, from “Kirsty”:

    “It appears to be that, ([redacted]), is your password. May very well not know me and you are probably wondering why you’re getting this e-mail, right?

    actually, I put in place a trojans over the adult videos (adult) website and guess what happens, you visited this site to have fun (you really know what I mean). When you were watching videos, your internet browser started out working like a RDP (Remote Access) which provided me accessibility to your screen and webcam. and then, my software programs obtained your complete contacts from your Messenger, Outlook, FB, as well as emails.

    What did I actually do?

    I created a double-screen video recording. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you’ve got a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the recording of your web camera.

    exactly what should you do?

    Well, in my opinion, $1000 is really a fair price for our little hidden secret. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to purchase bitcoin” search engines like google).

    Bitcoin Address: 17zed7uxa1DL8TnSxvEj1gT56K4u9aYhW7
    (It is case sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Very important:
    You’ve one day to make the payment. (I have a special pixel in this e-mail, and at this moment I am aware that you have read through this email message). If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will certainly send your videos to all of your contacts including relatives, colleagues, and so on. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the recording immidiately. If you need evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will definitely send out your videos to your 6 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, that being said don’t waste my personal time and yours by answering this message.”

  65. Let’s cut to the chase. I do know {old password} is your pass word. More importantly, I know your secret and I have proof of this. You do not know me personally and nobody paid me to examine you.

    It is just your hard luck that I came across your bad deeds. Actually, I placed a malware on the adult videos (pornographic material) and you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were busy watching videos, your browser began functioning as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) with a key logger which provided me accessibility to your display and web camera. Immediately after that, my software collected your entire contacts from social networks, as well as email.

    After that I put in more hours than I probably should’ve exploring into your life and created a two view video. First part shows the recording you were viewing and second part shows the capture of your web camera (its you doing inappropriate things).

    Frankly, I am willing to forget about you and let you continue with your regular life. And I will provide you 2 options which will achieve that. The two option is to either ignore this letter, or simply just pay me $2600. Let’s investigate these two options in details.

    Option 1 is to ignore this e mail. Let me tell you what will happen if you take this option. I will, no doubt send your video recording to your contacts including close relatives, colleagues, and many others. It does not save you from the humiliation your family will face when friends and family discover your sordid details from me.

    Second Option is to make the payment of $2600. We will call this my “privacy charges”. Here is what happens if you pick this path. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll erase the video immediately. You continue on with your lifetime as though nothing ever happened.

    At this point you must be thinking, “I will complain to the police”. Let me tell you, I have taken steps to ensure this e-mail can’t be tracked time for me plus it won’t steer clear of the evidence from destroying your health. I’m not seeking to steal all your savings. I am just looking to get paid for efforts and time I put into investigating you. Let’s hope you have chosen to create all of this vanish entirely and pay me the confidentiality fee. You will make the payment by Bitcoins (if you do not know how, type “how to buy bitcoins” on search engine)

    Amount to be sent: $2600
    Receiving Bitcoin Address: 1K*bVGLDrM3jwu2TKEGAKw4CfSFvt3hEzE6 ( You must Edit * from it and note it)

    Expalin no person what you should be sending the bitcoin for or they will often not offer it to you. The task to get bitcoin can take a couple of days so do not put it off.
    I have a special pixel in this email, and now I know that you’ve read through this email message. You now have 48 hours in order to make the payment. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will, no doubt send out your video recording to your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, and so on. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the recording immediately. It’s a non-negotiable offer, thus kindly do not ruin my personal time and yours. Your time has started. You should be aware that my tracker is going to be tracking the actions you’re taking when you are done reading this letter. Frankly, If I see any wrong activity from your search history I will send out your videotape to your members of your family, colleagues before your deadline.

  66. Hi folks,

    Received mine yesterday evening in France at 9PM, from an hotmail.com email address. The password they mention is an old one I used like 5 years ago.

    “Let’s get straight to the point. I’m aware XXXX is your password. Most importantly, I know your secret and I’ve evidence of this. You don’t know me and no one hired me to look into you.

    It’s just your bad luck that I discovered your misdemeanor. Well, I setup a malware on the adult vids (pornographic material) and you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were busy watching videos, your web browser started out working as a Rdp (Remote desktop) that has a keylogger which provided me access to your screen and also webcam. Immediately after that, my software gathered every one of your contacts from your messenger, fb, as well as email.

    I then put in much more time than I should’ve looking into your life and created a double display video. First part displays the video you were viewing and 2nd part shows the recording from your cam (its you doing dirty things).

    Frankly, I am ready to forget details about you and let you move on with your life. And I will present you two options that can make it happen. The above choices are with the idea to ignore this letter, or simply just pay me $3600. Let’s examine above 2 options in details.

    First Option is to ignore this mail. Let’s see what is going to happen if you take this option. I definitely will send your video recording to all your contacts including friends and family, colleagues, etc. It won’t help you avoid the humiliation your household will have to feel when friends and family learn your sordid details from me.

    Option 2 is to send me $3600. We’ll call this my “confidentiality tip”. Now lets see what happens if you opt this choice. Your secret will remain your secret. I will erase the recording immediately. You go on with your daily life as though nothing ever happened.

    At this point you must be thinking, “I will go to the cops”. Let me tell you, I’ve covered my steps in order that this mail can’t be tracked back to me also it will not prevent the evidence from destroying your life. I’m not planning to break your bank. I just want to get paid for my efforts I placed into investigating you. Let’s hope you decide to create this all disappear completely and pay me my confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know how, type “how to buy bitcoins” in google)

    Transfer Amount: $3600
    Receiving Bitcoin Address: 1NRM*i4QLwxMrf3miKgSWk4wNHYbT2wUyMB (You must Edit * from this string then copy and paste it)

    Tell no person what you will be transferring the bitcoin for or they might not give it to you. The procedure to obtain bitcoins can take a short time so do not put it off.
    I have a specific pixel within this e-mail, and at this moment I know that you’ve read through this email message. You have 2 days to make the payment. If I do not receive the Bitcoins, I will definitely send your video recording to all your contacts including relatives, co-workers, and so forth. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nevertheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the recording and all other proofs immediately. It is a non negotiable one time offer, so do not ruin my time & yours. The clock is ticking. Well, my tracker will definitely be sharing the actions you’re taking when you are done looking over this message. Let me assure you that If you google anything that you should not then I’ll send out your video to your family members, colleagues even before your your deadline.”

  67. This turned up in a research project to track down bitcoin blackmailers — I found http://www.blockchain.com/explorer and your examples seem to have obtained victims who actually paid.

    I have received my second blackmail threat from the LinkedIN breach, and so far neither of them have snagged any victims. I thought your readers of this post might enjoy checking to see if the blackmailers are winning!

    Interesting to note, their threat is canned, and they probably don’t have any video. I covered my cameras with black tape back several years ago when Zuckerberg covered his. So they can’t possibly have video footage of me.

    🙂

    Thanks again for your post!

  68. I received the email already in my span filter, which I was checking for an e-mail I should have received from FedEx. It caught my attention because it had a password I was currently using in the message text. But that was where it started getting strange.
    I have a laptop which I use strictly for work and only keep at work. Although it is my personal laptop, I allow my co-workers access to it (my mistake, too trusting and a bit lazy, I didn’t set up a guest account due to it being a pre-school and not thinking any of my co-workers would need it for anything other than music that I keep on there for the kids). However, its also Ubuntu. It is the ONLY place I have ever used that particular password was to log onto my work computer (due diligence in other areas, I use different and unique passwords everywhere, and typically I do change them). It never occurred to me that the simple login password for my laptop computer could be compromised. I almost found it as laughable as I did serious. Before reading the article I informed all my co-workers of the e-mail, as I knew immediately it could not possibly be me in any video he/she may have had. Regardless, I also pointed out how easy it would be for someone with that level of skill to simply splice together a video and say it was someone doing something they shouldn’t or whatever. Putting two videos together in an embarrassing format doesn’t prove anything, but I thought I’d warn them
    The thing that really really surprised me was that it is (was) the login for my Ubuntu system. The only way I can think of is that the Linux repository was compromised. I seriously have never used that password anywhere else. Its since been changed, but its the only reason I gave this any credit whatsoever.
    Regardless, thank you so much for your article.

  69. I’m getting these mails regularly now (currently on my 10th mail). An new variation is one with part of my mobile phone number.

    Text as follows (redacted are the last four digits, the spammer does not know the full number apparently):

    “It seems that, +XX XXXXXXX[redacted], is your phone. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e mail, right?

    actually, I setup a malware on the adult vids (porno) web-site and guess what, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out functioning as a RDP (Remote Desktop) having a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your screen and web cam. after that, my software program obtained all of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email.

    What did I do?

    I backuped phone. All photo, video and contacts.
    I created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you’ve got a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the recording of your web cam.

    exactly what should you do?

    Well, in my opinion, $1000 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    BTC Address:

    1GYNGZLEUGkkQjHo19dHDnGE87WsAiGLLB

    (It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Important:
    You have 48 hour in order to make the payment. (I’ve a unique pixel in this e mail, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email message). If I do not get the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so on. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the video immidiately. If you need evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will certainly send out your video recording to your 6 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, that being said don’t waste my personal time and yours by responding to this message.”

    Seems we’ll be getting these for a while yet…

  70. Did you check if they’ve made any money?
    Dave’s blackmailer had two transactions for a total of 0.16396322 BTC
    So somebody paid his blackmailer something.
    Soka’s blackmailer is broken. Doesn’t work.
    Ed’s blackmailer earned zero
    Dag Henrik’s blackmailer got nothing.

    you can test the wallet at
    https://www.blockchain.com/explorer

  71. Fred, the phone scammer is unfortunately making a mint out of this scam.

    I checked

    1GYNGZLEUGkkQjHo19dHDnGE87WsAiGLLB

    and they have a balance of nearly 0.4 bitcoins (2 transactions of USD 1,000). One transaction has just been made in the last hour (as yet unconfirmed by bitcoin).

    This scam needs more visibility. Apart from anything else, the fact that the mails never have a tracking pixel should be pointed out more clearly.

    But the general point about databases of passwords, emails and phone numbers (plus other identifying data) being cracked and shared online also needs much greater visibility.

    Ed

    1. Thank you Ed

      … you are absolutely correct — we do indeed need to expose this more so less people get hooked.

      The problem is, I’ve tried and tried over the years to expose scams. With social media, and replicator sites, it’s nearly impossible to be heard. In the din of the internet you just can’t get out there without heroic, or very expensive internet marketing.

      I post this type of alert to Facebook, and it’s seen by SEVEN people.
      I post to the UGNN page on Facebook and get maybe a couple dozen. I post to Safenetting and 3 see it. My article on Medium, which tells the story, part ONE has four readers and ONE clap.

      That’s why I came to “Without Bullshit” when it turned up in a search. He has thousands of readers. He should be leading the charge.

      https://medium.com/@showkster/linkedin-breach-brings-cyber-crime-blackmail-5848577240d5

  72. I’m now getting blackmail messages that don’t even bother with the password:

    “It appears that, (), ‘s your password. You may not know me and you are most likely wondering why you are getting this e mail, right?

    etc. etc.”

    Correct: I certainly am wondering how you’re going to blackmail me without knowing any of my passwords…

    Got 14 of these mails now since 29 July. All correctly identified as spam by my email provider.

    Interestingly, the only one to have made any money (apparently, I checked the Bitcoin balances) was the guy (a Japanese Bitcoin blackmailer, appropriately enough) who used the phone number scam format. I wonder if it is because his mail maybe got through a few more spam filters?

  73. Received here in the UK:
    —-
    I do know xxxxxxxxxx one of your pass. Lets get directly to the purpose. You may not know me and you are most likely wondering why you’re getting this e mail? Absolutely no one has paid me to check you.

    In fact, I installed a software on the 18+ streaming (sexually graphic) web site and guess what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were viewing videos, your browser started working as a Remote Desktop with a keylogger which provided me with access to your display as well as web camera. Immediately after that, my software obtained all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and e-mail . Next I made a video. First part displays the video you were watching (you have a fine taste hehe), and next part displays the view of your webcam, & it is u.

    You will have only 2 options. Shall we look at these options in particulars:

    Very first alternative is to neglect this email message. In this scenario, I will send out your video recording to almost all of your personal contacts and also you can easily imagine concerning the embarrassment you will get. And definitely in case you are in a committed relationship, precisely how this will affect?

    Other solution would be to pay me $3000. I will describe it as a donation. As a consequence, I most certainly will without delay erase your video. You can continue on with your daily life like this never occurred and you will not hear back again from me.

    You will make the payment through Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

    BTC Address to send to: 1QKded9pVwcu3BikWi38L896b99pQ2uwCz
    [CASE sensitive so copy and paste it]

    If you have been wondering about going to the authorities, very well, this mail cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my actions. I am not looking to charge you a huge amount, I simply want to be paid.

    You have one day to pay. I have a special pixel within this mail, and at this moment I know that you have read through this e-mail. If I don’t receive the BitCoins, I will, no doubt send out your video to all of your contacts including friends and family, co-workers, etc. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the recording right away. If you want evidence, reply Yup then I definitely will send out your video recording to your 7 contacts. This is the nonnegotiable offer, therefore please do not waste my personal time and yours by replying to this e-mail.

  74. I think I was getting about four or five of those mails per day. I would paste one here but it is exactly the same as the ones listed on this site except the bitcoin address changed each time. I probably spent twenty four hours in a quite terrified state until I found this site and read everyone’s experiences. And then of course I was able to look over the e mails with a more critical eye and notice that for example while they claimed to know me well and have all my contacts, they didn’t even know my name. They knew an old password – and that is what must have pressed my freak out buttons – but they did not know my name – dickheads !!!! It was however a wake up call and I spent one day changing EVERY password on EVERY site making each one different and original. Scanned my computer, cleaned it up, shut the doors and windows tightly and placed some serious security barriers all around it. A blessing in disguise. A very good disguise but a disguise nevertheless.

  75. My wife and I have both had similar emails to all of the above over the last six or so months but the new strand citing an old password is a tad disturbing. However, that is exactly why I know/knew it/they are scams as mine was an old alpha/numeric I dumped four or more years ago. Coincidently we also had a couple of days where our mobile and landline numbers were compromised following a ‘divorce’ conversation with one of Virgin’s Philippines call centres?

    Saying all that I still did exactly what Andy (above) did on the 14th Sept and trawled around all of my access sites and changed the lot. A really shite couple of days work as I have to have heaps of the stuff but well worth it in the long run – unless of course they have the ability to monitor your IP address once you start changing passwords on that leaky old site you may have forgotten and that’s when the shit is really going to hit the fan folks!!!!!

  76. Thank-you for the article, it was consoling.After some investigation, I have determined that the password used in the subject title of the scam email received today, is directly attributable to an Amazon credential breach in 2016. As that is the ONLY place that the password was used. Also, the scammers are, in my three instances, using outlook.com as their transmission mechanism. As suggested we have notified abuse@outlook.com, noteworthy that IP addresses were all based in the US (unless the Russians…)

  77. This came in today. Still going around… I had the same experience as Andy. Also went and changed all my passwords after getting this, even though it was an old one they named in the email.

    xxxxxxx i‌s yo‌ur pass. Lets get ri‌ght to‌ th‌e poi‌nt. No‌t o‌n‌e p‌erson ha‌s compensa‌ted m‌e to‌ i‌nv‌estigat‌e yo‌u. Yo‌u do‌ no‌t kno‌w m‌e a‌nd yo‌u’r‌e mo‌st li‌kely thi‌nki‌ng why yo‌u’r‌e g‌etti‌ng this ma‌il?

    in fact, i‌ s‌etup a‌ malwa‌re o‌n th‌e xxx str‌ea‌mi‌ng (s‌ex si‌t‌es) si‌te and yo‌u kno‌w wha‌t, yo‌u vi‌si‌t‌ed this si‌te to ha‌v‌e fun (yo‌u know what i‌ m‌ea‌n). Wh‌en you w‌er‌e watching vi‌d‌eo‌ cli‌ps, yo‌ur web bro‌ws‌er b‌ega‌n o‌pera‌ti‌ng a‌s a‌ Remo‌t‌e control Desktop wi‌th a‌ keylo‌gger whi‌ch pro‌vi‌d‌ed m‌e a‌cc‌essi‌bi‌lity to‌ yo‌ur di‌spla‌y scre‌en a‌nd a‌lso‌ ca‌m. i‌mmedi‌a‌t‌ely a‌ft‌er that, my so‌ftwa‌r‌e pro‌gra‌m ga‌ther‌ed all yo‌ur conta‌cts fro‌m yo‌ur M‌ess‌eng‌er, so‌ci‌a‌l networks, and ‌e-mai‌la‌cco‌unt. N‌ext i cr‌ea‌t‌ed a‌ do‌ubl‌e-scr‌e‌en video‌. 1st pa‌rt sho‌ws th‌e vi‌d‌eo‌ yo‌u w‌ere watchi‌ng (you hav‌e a‌ ni‌c‌e tast‌e haha‌ . . .), and s‌eco‌nd pa‌rt di‌spla‌ys th‌e vi‌‌ew o‌f yo‌ur ca‌m, yea‌h i‌t i‌s u.

    You ha‌v‌e 2 cho‌ices. We will read ‌ea‌ch o‌f th‌es‌e cho‌i‌ces i‌n parti‌cula‌rs:

    1st so‌luti‌o‌n i‌s to‌ disr‌ega‌rd this m‌essag‌e. Co‌nsequ‌ently, i a‌m go‌i‌ng to‌ s‌end out your v‌ery o‌wn video‌ cli‌p to‌ ‌every o‌ne o‌f yo‌ur co‌nta‌cts a‌nd then just co‌nsider r‌ega‌rdi‌ng th‌e sha‌me you ‌exp‌eri‌enc‌e. and co‌nsequ‌ently i‌f yo‌u a‌r‌e in a‌ ro‌ma‌nc‌e, just how i‌t ca‌n a‌ff‌ect?

    2nd o‌pti‌on i‌s to‌ pa‌y me $7000. W‌e wi‌ll think o‌f it a‌s a do‌na‌tio‌n. a‌s a‌ co‌ns‌equ‌ence, i‌ mo‌st certa‌inly wi‌ll wi‌tho‌ut d‌ela‌y ‌era‌s‌e your vi‌deo‌ r‌eco‌rdi‌ng. Yo‌u wi‌ll go‌ fo‌rwa‌rd yo‌ur dai‌ly routi‌n‌e li‌k‌e thi‌s nev‌er ha‌ppen‌ed a‌nd yo‌u wi‌ll no‌t ‌ev‌er h‌ea‌r ba‌ck a‌ga‌in fro‌m m‌e.

    Yo‌u’ll ma‌k‌e th‌e pa‌ym‌ent by Bi‌tco‌in (i‌f yo‌u do no‌t kno‌w this, search fo‌r ‘ho‌w to‌ buy bit‌coi‌n’ i‌n Go‌ogl‌e search ‌engi‌ne).

    BT‌C‌ addr‌ess: 1BXkELisjx2oR1suQDsaYK6SfMFWUx6UcX
    [CaSe sensi‌tiv‌e, copy a‌nd pa‌st‌e it]

    i‌f yo‌u ha‌ve b‌e‌en thi‌nki‌ng of go‌ing to‌ the a‌utho‌ri‌ti‌‌es, w‌ell, thi‌s ‌e-mai‌l ca‌nno‌t b‌e tra‌c‌ed back to‌ m‌e. i‌ hav‌e d‌ea‌lt with my a‌cti‌o‌ns. i‌ a‌m just not lo‌o‌king to‌ cha‌rg‌e yo‌u much, i‌ just wa‌nt to‌ b‌e r‌ewa‌rd‌ed. i’v‌e a‌ speci‌a‌l pi‌x‌el withi‌n thi‌s ‌email m‌essa‌ge, a‌nd now i‌ know that yo‌u have r‌ea‌d thi‌s ‌emai‌l m‌essa‌g‌e. Yo‌u no‌w hav‌e o‌n‌e day i‌n order to‌ pa‌y. i‌f i‌ do‌n’t rec‌ei‌v‌e th‌e B‌i‌tC‌oi‌ns, i‌ d‌efi‌nit‌ely wi‌ll s‌end o‌ut yo‌ur vi‌d‌eo‌ r‌eco‌rdi‌ng to‌ a‌ll o‌f yo‌ur contacts includi‌ng clo‌se rela‌ti‌v‌es, co‌wo‌rk‌ers, and many o‌th‌ers. N‌ev‌erth‌el‌ess, i‌f i‌ do g‌et paid, i‌ wi‌ll ‌era‌s‌e the vi‌d‌eo‌ ri‌ght a‌wa‌y. i‌f you r‌ea‌lly wa‌nt pro‌o‌f, r‌eply wi‌th Yup th‌en i wi‌ll s‌end o‌ut your vi‌d‌eo‌ to your 6 fri‌‌ends. i‌t’s a no‌n-n‌ego‌ti‌a‌bl‌e o‌ff‌er, a‌nd so do‌n’t wa‌st‌e mi‌ne ti‌m‌e & yo‌urs by r‌espo‌ndi‌ng to‌ thi‌s ‌ema‌i‌l.

  78. I got mine last week and also yesterday asking first 700$ and in second email 800$.
    Different than all I ve read here, I receive the email from my own email so sender is me. They want to show me that they hacked my conpany email account. But the password they claim is one of my old LinkedIn passwords. I consulted our web and hosting company and they told that it is not big deal that they can send email to me which looks coming from my own email.

    First I was worried with the first email but now when we learn more and read in good websites like this I feel good and I am not willing to give any credits to these scammers.

    Here s the e email with the subject ‘Security Warning’ :

    Hello!
    I’m a member of an international hacker group.

    As you could probably have guessed, your account …..@…com was hacked, because I sent message you from it.

    Now I have access to you accounts!
    For example, your password for …..@…… om is 365ft

    Within a period from July 7, 2018 to September 23, 2018, you were infected by the virus we’ve created, through an adult website you’ve visited.
    So far, we have access to your messages, social media accounts, and messengers.
    Moreover, we’ve gotten full damps of these data.

    We are aware of your little and big secrets…yeah, you do have them. We saw and recorded your doings on porn websites. Your tastes are so weird, you know..

    But the key thing is that sometimes we recorded you with your webcam, syncing the recordings with what you watched!
    I think you are not interested show this video to your friends, relatives, and your intimate one…

    Transfer $800 to our Bitcoin wallet: 1HWnuWz77oXgbZLVBfB9fQAAgLCJJS7m7T
    If you don’t know about Bitcoin please input in Google “buy BTC”. It’s really easy.

    I guarantee that after that, we’ll erase all your “data” 🙂

    A timer will start once you read this message. You have 48 hours to pay the above-mentioned amount.

    Your data will be erased once the money are transferred.
    If they are not, all your messages and videos recorded will be automatically sent to all your contacts found on your devices at the moment of infection.

    You should always think about your security.
    We hope this case will teach you to keep secrets.
    Take care of yourself.

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