extortion e-mail

  • 3
  • Question
  • Updated 4 weeks ago
  • Answered
I received an extortion e-mail containing an old password of mine. It says "Wh‌en you w‌ere vi‌ewi‌ng vi‌d‌eos, yo‌ur bro‌wser bega‌n functi‌o‌ni‌ng a‌s a R‌emo‌t‌e contro‌l D‌eskto‌p tha‌t ha‌s a‌ k‌eylo‌gg‌er which provi‌d‌ed me a‌cc‌essi‌bi‌lity to‌ your displa‌y scr‌een and w‌eb ca‌m. immediat‌ely a‌ft‌er tha‌t, my so‌ftwar‌e coll‌ect‌ed your ‌enti‌r‌e co‌nta‌cts fro‌m yo‌ur M‌esseng‌er, Fa‌c‌ebo‌o‌k, a‌nd ‌ema‌il ." It asks for $7,000. Any comments?
Photo of f.baldwin

f.baldwin

  • 100 Points 100 badge 2x thumb

Posted 1 month ago

  • 3
Photo of TM_Pat

TM_Pat, Official Rep

  • 9,316 Points 5k badge 2x thumb
Hello f.baldwin,

Welcome to the Community.

The email that you received, certainly is just a scam and is only tying to lure people to pay in return of keeping your data or whatever information they claim to have.

To further explain this type of scheme, the spammers/scammers were able to get a list of people's email addresses during one of the big leaks during the past few years. Another way is that, the spammers were able to illegally buy a list of email addresses or used brute force programs to get the needed information.

With that being mentioned, do not click any link that may be included in the email. Another is that, update your password with a more complex combination. Lastly, you may unsubscribe to any unusual promos, surveys or newsletters that you're not familiar with or do not know about.

Regards,
Pat
Photo of shel

shel

  • 152 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
Fully concur with Pat. It's a scam, ignore it totally.
Photo of TM_Pat

TM_Pat, Official Rep

  • 9,296 Points 5k badge 2x thumb
Hello shel,

It's awesome to have a Community member like to help us spread the awareness about this matter!

Regards,
Pat
Photo of wwoo7452

wwoo7452

  • 92 Points 75 badge 2x thumb
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled One of my passwods scammed..

I have received an email stating that they have one of my passwords, state it correctly, and then ask me to pay $3000 to a bit coin account. I am concerned that they have been able to access one of my passwods correctly and would like some advice as to what steps to take. Appreciate your urgent response.
Photo of lgoodyer

lgoodyer

  • 82 Points 75 badge 2x thumb
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled hacked.

 I have received an email as follows

My nickname in darknet is brose98.

I hacked this mailbox more than six months ago, through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time.

 

So, your password from lgood***@**d**.com.au is t*******3*****

 

Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my virus intercepted all the caching data on your computer and automatically saved access for me.

 

I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history.

Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos.

 

I was most struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit.

You have a very wild imagination, I tell you!

 

During your pastime and entertainment there, I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching.

Oh my god! You are so funny and excited!

 

I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right?

If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $856 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.

 

Send the above amount on my BTC wallet (bitcoin): 1NXNt72qfMhPZDffUEqryCYpEUzyR6LmgH

As soon as the above amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted, I do not need it.

 

Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device.

Also, I'll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!

 

Since reading this letter you have 48 hours!

After your reading this message, I'll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter.

 

I hope I taught you a good lesson.

Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don't enter your passwords anywhere!



Good luck!
(Edited)
Photo of TM_Pat

TM_Pat, Official Rep

  • 7,970 Points 5k badge 2x thumb
Hello lgoodyer,

We totally understand that this is quite alarming. I hope our response and our explanation about this matter finds you well.

Regards,
Pat
Photo of f.baldwin

f.baldwin

  • 100 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
It is a scam.  I ignored it and nothing happened.