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Sextortion E-mail Scam

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Today while I am checking my email I noticed that there is an email from my junk folder and checked what it is and the subject of the said email is my password that I have previously used and the mailer is Scott Miller, the contents as follows:

I know xxxxxxx is one of your password on day of hack.. Lets get directly to the point. Not one person has paid me to check about you. You do not know me and you’re probably thinking why you are getting this email? in fact, i actually placed a malware on the adult vids (adult porn) website and you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean). When you were viewing videos, your browser started out operating as a RDP having a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your display and web cam. immediately after that, my malware obtained every one of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email account. after that i created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste omg), and 2nd part displays the recording of your cam, and its you. Best solution would be to pay me $1075. We are going to refer to it as a donation. in this situation, i most certainly will without delay remove your video. My -BTC -address: 3Dh1rQNskAH1BfTxzAwFkN2MvLyYGf5ofT [case SeNSiTiVe, copy & paste it] You could go on your life like this never happened and you will not ever hear back again from me. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search ‘how to buy bitcoin’ in Google). if you are planning on going to the law, surely, this e-mail can not be traced back to me, because it’s hacked too. I have taken care of my actions. i am not looking to ask you for a lot, i simply want to be paid. if i do not receive the bitcoin;, i definitely will send out your video recording to all of your contacts including friends and family,co-workers, and so on. Nevertheless, if i do get paid, i will destroy the recording immediately. If you need proof, reply with Yeah then i will send out your video recording to your 8 friends. it’s a nonnegotiable offer and thus please don’t waste mine time & yours by replying to this message.

I have researched online and found the following:

“It seems the hacker(s) have automated this scam from a previous large-scale website data breach many years ago. Likely, every victim of that old data breach is receiving some type of email related to this scam referencing old usernames and passwords. As time goes, we will see how much more sophisticated the scam gets; possibly using other personal information that is found online like addresses or relationships to convince someone that the threat is real.”

Here is what you can do

  • Change your passwords regularly and make sure they are strong or change it if you are still using the password emailed from the scam.
  • Never send compromising images to anyone, no matter who they are or say they are.
  • Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know and be wary in general of attachments even from those you know.
  • Turn off all cameras when not in use.

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