SCAM E-MAIL: the extortion attempt from a leaked password

A popular scam e-mail. The scammer says he caught you looking at naughty websites on your phone/computer. He even provides one of your passwords.

Every now and then, a website is hacked and thousands /or millions of e-mail addresses and passwords are leaked to the internet.

These lists are often posted on the so-called “dark web” – private servers on the internet which are usually frequented by criminals, scammers, and opportunists.

A recent scam is listed below. As it so happens that one of the random websites I signed up to years ago and gave a very simplistic password was hacked and my e-mail address and password were scraped from a site, placed in a list on the internet, and now an opportunistic scammer is trying to extort money.

He thinks the password adds credibility to his claim, and many other clients over the years I know who have received this same format mail were more than a bit stressed about it.

It makes you wonder why they were so stressed, ay? What were they doing on their phones? 🙂

So, if you get to receive a mail similar in format to below, it is just a scam. Be wary of it. Ignore it. It was probably sent to hundreds of thousands of people hoping for one person to pay in fear.

SUBJECT: #abcd123
[email protected]
Sat, 12 Jun, 04:43 to me
I am aware #abcd123 is one of your pass. Lets get directly to the point. Not a single person has compensated me to check about you. You may not know me and you are most likely thinking why you are getting this email?
Well, i actually placed a malware on the adult videos (pornography) web-site and there’s more, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what i mean). When you were watching video clips, your web browser started out working as a Remote control Desktop with a key logger which provided me accessibility to your screen and also webcam. after that, my software collected every one of your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, as well as e-mail. after that i created a video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you have a fine taste rofl), and second part shows the recording of your web cam, and it is u.
You get two different options. Why dont we take a look at the options in details:
1st alternative is to ignore this e-mail. in such a case, i will send out your very own video clip to all your contacts and then consider concerning the humiliation you will see. and definitely if you are in a romantic relationship, just how it will certainly affect?
Second option would be to compensate me $5845. Lets refer to it as a donation. Then, i most certainly will straightaway erase your video. You could keep daily life like this never happened and you would never 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 search engine).
Bitcoin address to send to: 1ARh4Q5m6NJx48z36hMa7ohhy2KDhFuGTN
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in case you are curious about going to the authorities, well, this email cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my actions. i am not trying to charge a fee very much, i would like to be compensated. in order to make the payment if i do not get the bitcoin, i will definately send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Having said that, if i receive the payment, i will destroy the video immediately. If you want evidence, reply Yup! & i will send out your video recording to your 17 friends. it is a nonnegotiable offer, therefore don’t waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email message.

Fortunately, it looks like the scammer hasn’t been very successful as his bitcoin wallet is empty.

Don’t fall for this scam.