Beware of Bitcoin Blackmail and Sextortion Email Scams

Have you recently got some email threatening that the sender has hacked your device and taken the video of your private moments through your device’s camera while you were watching some adult videos and if you don’t send some money to that sender then he/she will distribute that video where the first part of video displays you were viewing some adult contents, and the second part shows the recording of your cam while viewing those adult contents?

If so, then don’t worry, this kind of message is nothing other than the phishing scam send by the cybercriminal to trick you to pay the Bitcoins to them.

It looks like the same cybercriminal is threatening people by sending multiple kinds of blackmailing emails. Another example of these kinds of phishing emails is threatening some men to reveal their secrets to their wife if they don’t send bitcoins (money) to those email senders.

However, none of these emails are real. Don’t worry, they don’t have any access to your device to capture your private moments. They are just bluffing you to trick you to pay them Bitcoins.

Bitcoin Sextortion Email Scams Being used to Trick Potential Victims. The "Your Device is Infected with A Trojan Virus" Blackmail Scam.

Examples of Sextortion Email Scams:-

On Friday, October 26, 2018, 12:15:55 AM GMT+5:45, Rajen Aryal <Aaron@Smith535.edu> wrote:

“I am well aware XXXXX one of your passwords. Let’s get right to the point. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this email? Not one person has paid me to investigate about you. 

Let me tell you, I actually setup a malware on the 18+ vids (sexually graphic) web site and there’s more, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were viewing videos, your web browser started working as a Remote Desktop having a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your display screen as well as the cam. after that, my software program obtained your complete contacts from your Messenger, social networks, and email account. And then I created a double video. First part displays the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste ; )), and second part shows the recording of your cam, and its u. 

You do have a pair of options. Let us review these options in particulars: 

First alternative is to dismiss this e mail. In this case, I am going to send out your actual video clip to each of your your personal contacts and also imagine about the shame you will definitely get. And definitely in case you are in a relationship, precisely how it will affect? 

Second solution should be to compensate me $6000. Let us refer to it as a donation. In this instance, I most certainly will right away discard your video. You can keep going on your daily life like this never occurred and you would 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). 

BTC Address: 1EKt6zZoEzheuUTACA2dRdst7UbdBggbAw 
[CASE-SENSITIVE, copy and paste it] 

If you are wondering about going to the authorities, okay, this email message cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my steps. I am not attempting to demand a lot, I would like to be rewarded. 

You have one day in order to pay. I’ve a unique pixel within this email, and at this moment I know that you have read through this mail. If I do not receive the BitCoins, I will send your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, and many others. However, if I do get paid, I will erase the recording immediately. If you really want proof, reply Yes & I will certainly send out your video to your 14 contacts. It is a non:negotiable offer and thus do not waste my time & yours by replying to this mail.”

OR

“You were under attack! Change your access data!

Hello!

As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.

This means that I have full access to your account.

I’ve been watching you for a few months now.

The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited.

If you are not familiar with this, I will explain.

Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.

This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.

I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence.

Why your antivirus did not detect malware?

Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.

I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.

With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks. I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.

If you want to prevent this, transfer the amount of $526 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).

My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1BPUUNghhuwQjDDvFd3TnJz2ato5dyDLr8

After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.

I give you 48 hours to pay.

I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.

Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address.

I do not make any mistakes.

If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.

Best wishes!”

OR

“Hey,

I’ve been watching you for a while because I hacked you through a trojan virus in an ad on a porn website. If you are not familiar with this, I will explain this. A trojan virus gives you full access and control over a computer, or any other device. This means that I can see everything on your screen and switch on your camera and microphone without you being aware of it.

That way I also got access to all your contacts. I made a video that shows how you satisfy yourself on the left half of the screen and on the right half you see the video you were watching. With the press of a button I can forward this video to all contacts of your email and social media. If you want to prevent this, transfer an amount of 1000 euros to my bitcoin address (If you do not know, search with Google “Buy Bitcoin”.) Bitcoin address: 1BPUUNghhuwQjDDvFd3TnJz2ato5dyDLr8

As soon as the payment is received, I will delete the video and you will never hear from me again. I give you 72 hours to make the payment. Then you know what happens. I can see it if you have read the email.”

OR

“Good Morning my friend. I represent the group of web criminals in Iran. I use this mail address because we think that you will check it. Few times ago my team put the virus on web-site with porn and as far as you clicked on a play button your system started shooting your screen and activating camera to capture you self-abusing. Eventually I mean you understand what compromising evidence Ive earned. Moreover, this software made your device act as dedicated server with plenty of functions like keylogger, parser etc. To sum up, my software picked all data, especially all your contacts from messengers, e-mails, social networks. If you wanna make me silent you must make a transaction of 260 dollars with bitcoin. 1K2auXQEKz7Ro8cRa2xr3bAPV2n6KT5vi1 You must use it as usual credit card number. If you send bitcoins nobody will see your shame. Watch youtube manuals about methods of buing BTC… I can offer you this exchanger: localbitoins.com.  If you have a problem with this, you can search comfortable ATM for bitcoin at coin atm radar. I give you no more than twenty four hours since you read our message to pay. You can complain cops, but they can not find us I use bot network, and of course we live abroad. If you want us to show proofs we will share it to seven mates from your data after that you will be given their contacts. So you will ask them if something strange was received about you. For some questions just reply. Dont be fullish, AmAZinGcRackeR$.”

OR

“I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else. You can ignore this letter, or pay me a $8600 confidentiality fee in Bitcoin.”

As in the scam email examples above, you can find that some emails are claiming that they have hacked your password or your email or your device and got your secrets. But, in reality they didn’t hack anything.

Yes, in some cases they may able to hack your password but that must be the old password. The attackers must have found those passwords in a data breach dump. Those passwords are typically outdated. However, if you are still using such passwords, then we suggest you change your password immediately. That’s the only thing you have to do. Other than that, you no need to be worried about these kinds of email scams if you simply delete these emails and never follow any instruction given in these emails.

This is the reason why you should keep on changing your password. If you don’t change your password for a long time, over a year, then your password can be hacked by the attacker. But, that doesn’t mean they also get access to your device and take your video and so on.

You can think generally. If they really have the video of your private moments then the first thing they will do is send that video to you so that they can easily blackmail you. If they are not sending you any proof, not showing you any videos, then that means they don’t have any such videos.

Some people have also got these kinds of blackmail emails with an attachment titled “Invoice”. You should never open any attachment provided in these kinds of scam emails because email attachments are one of the ways that hackers use to install malware on your computer. So, if you ever download or open such attachment then this kind of fake email about hacking your device could turn into a real one.

If you have already downloaded or clicked on those kinds of attachments, we suggest you immediately delete or uninstall those downloaded files and run the antivirus program to scan your device and also delete all browser history from your browser and restart your computer before you do any other thing in your device.

These cybercriminals are also tricking people by making them believe that they have sent the email from the victim’s own email. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean they able to hack your email address. It is very easy to do such kind of email spoofing without hacking your email address, so don’t fall for that trick as well.

So, don’t worry, you are still on a safe side unless you follow the instruction given in these emails. The best way to deal with these kinds of phishing emails is by deleting them and by never following any instruction given in these emails.

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