View Full Version : Is this threat genuine?

01-10-2018, 12:29 PM
I received an email, extract below, that is basically blackmailing me. Does anyone know whether this is genuine?

I am aware ##### is your pass. Lets get directly to purpose. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e mail? No one has paid me to check you.

Well, I installed a software on the ####) web site and guess what, you visited this web site . When you were watching video clips, your internet browser began working as a Remote Desktop having a keylogger which provided me accessibility to your screen as well as web cam. Immediately 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 displays the video you were viewing and 2nd part shows the view of your web cam, yeah its u.
Second option will be to give me $1000. Lets name it as a donation. In this instance, I most certainly will quickly delete your video recording. You will keep everyday life like this never occurred and you will not hear back again from me.

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

The scammer is threatening to send stuff to all my contacts if I don't pay up. Should I be worried?

01-10-2018, 12:39 PM
I'd be inclined to contact the police about this.

01-10-2018, 12:43 PM
Ignore it and have a laugh- Its a total Scam.

Had several People call relating to the same thing all worried, go t a few myself.

If you highlight all the text, do a google search you'll see its nothing more than a scam, trying to frighten you into paying.

As some sites say, those never actually say your name, or supply a picture of what they claim, and the biggest "gotya - its total BS" how the hell can they take a picture of you using your web cam if you dont have one attached, or as many people do put a piece of tape over the Cam in a laptop.

Actually just did a quick search and found an example very close to the same wording as your letter. https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/07/dont-fall-for-this-scam-claiming-you-were-recorded-watching-porn/\

you been a naughty boy Tony ???

01-10-2018, 12:44 PM
Google it. Common new scam.

What, you did go to some dodgy website? That's what they imply....

01-10-2018, 12:46 PM
Yep scam


01-10-2018, 12:49 PM
What, you did go to some dodgy website? That's what they imply....I'm admitting to nothing. :blush: The thing that got me a bit worried is that the password supplied in the email is one I use, so it gives the thing a facade at least of reality.

01-10-2018, 01:02 PM
Just a scam - but if you still use that password for anything, reset it ASAP. Other than that, nothing to worry about.

Check https://haveibeenpwned.com/

01-10-2018, 01:21 PM
I'm admitting to nothing. :blush: The thing that got me a bit worried is that the password supplied in the email is one I use, so it gives the thing a facade at least of reality.


However, some recent versions of the scam emails may appear considerably more credible because they include one of the recipient’s real passwords as “proof” that their claims are true.

The scammers know that if you receive an email that actually includes one of your passwords – even an old one that you no longer use – you may be much more inclined to believe the claims and pay up. At first take, the inclusion of the password suggests that the scammer really does have access to your computer and may have really created the video as claimed.

In fact, even if you have not visited any porn sites, the fact that the scammer has apparently accessed your computer or accounts and harvested your password is naturally quite concerning.

So, how are the criminals getting these passwords? The most likely explanation is that they are collecting the passwords and the associated email addresses from old data breaches. Many commentators have pointed out that the passwords in the emails are very old and no longer being used.

01-10-2018, 01:30 PM
I think I still use that password, but only on sites where I really don't care if someone hacks it. Serious sites have serious passwords, thanks to Lastpass.

23-10-2018, 10:45 PM