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Is the Porn Blackmail Scam Real?

by on April 22, 2020
in Computer Safety & Support, News, Computers and Software, Blog :: 678 comments

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What would you do if you received an email from someone claiming to have hacked your computer and recorded you via your webcam while you were engaged in watching porn, then threatening to send the video to everyone in your email and social media contact lists if you don’t pay a $260 ransom? Would you pay the ransom? Even if you’ve never viewed porn, what if they made the same threat to reveal the private details of all your emails?

This is exactly the situation some of our readers found themselves in recently, and they contacted us for help on how to proceed.

Here is an example of one the emails [grammatical errors left intact]:

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$.

Scary, right? And there have been instances where victims’ computers were hacked, they were filmed in various states of undress (or worse) and then blackmailed that may make this threat seem all too real. But there are several indications that this is nothing more than a phishing scam, hoping to rope in active porn watchers with false threats (an easy demographic to target via mass email given that the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub.com, gets 75 million visitors PER DAY).

First, there is nothing in the email that demonstrates they know anything personally about you: it’s not addressed to you by name and there’s no detail about what site you supposedly visited and when. Nor did they supply a screenshot of the “self-abusing” they allege to have captured. In fact, they are explicitly discouraging you from asking for proof, by threatening to share said “proofs” with your “mates” if you ask. That is completely contrary to how we would expect a real hacker/blackmailer to act – if I wanted to scare the bejesus out of you to get you to pay, the first thing I would do is show you a compromising screen capture to prove that this is very, very real.

Another red flag is that when our readers ran scans using antimalware tools, no malware was detected. Antimalware tools aren’t perfect, but the better ones should have picked up the type of remote administration tool (RAT) described in the email.

Searching the web, there are reports of people receiving similar email scams, going back at least to last fall. The wording of the email varies, including where the scammers claim they’re from, the nature of their threat and the amount of money being demanded. Some people are falling for them, but fortunately not many. I researched a selection of the bitcoin accounts used in these scams and none of the emails had duped more than a handful of victims.

Unfortunately, these scams will likely continue and morph into new threats as the ubiquity of bitcoin makes it easier for scammers to hide behind these accounts and for victims to pay. In fact, while this article was originally written in March of 2018, Sophos security recently released a new study, based on millions of porn blackmail emails that were sent between September 2019 and March 2020, demonstrating this to be the case. During that period, sextortion emails made up 4.23% of all spam observed by Sophos. The study also showed scammers are using new methods for obfuscating email content to evade spam filters, enabling them to collect nearly a half million dollars in payments from victims during the same period. Fortunately, despite some payouts, potential victims seem to be becoming wise to the scam, as only half a percent of the Bitcoin addresses used in the spam messages received any payment, according to Sophos.

So, if you get one of these emails, should you pay the ransom before all your friends find out what you’ve been up to?

The answer is no, don’t be “fullish”.

[EDITOR'S NOTE REGARDING PASSWORD APPEARING IN THE EMAIL SCAM 7/12/18: A number of people have posted in the comments that they received a version of the email which includes a real password they've used in the past. Does this mean that they should be concerned? The answer is No and Yes. No, you shouldn't be concerned that your computer was hacked and you were actually filmed watching porn - it's still a scam. But, yes, you should be concerned that your password has been leaked through a data breach. Security researcher Troy Hunt has uncovered more than 500 million passwords leaked through these breaches. That password in the email was likely one of them. 

If it is still an active password for you, the scam email should be a big wake up call that you need to ensure you are using unique and secure passwords for every one of your accounts. We strongly recommend a password manager like Dashlane or 1Password , which will automatically check your passwords to see if they have been revealed in a breach and help you create unique, secure ones for every site.]

[EDITOR'S NOTE WARNING ABOUT ATTACHMENTS 7/20/18: One reader reported receiving an attachment titled "Invoice" with the porn scam email. If you get an attachment, DO NOT OPEN IT. Email attachments are one of the primary ways hackers use to install malware on your computer, which could turn this fake malware scam into a very real one.]

[EDITOR'S NOTE ABOUT EMAIL SPOOFING 10/19/18: Many readers are commenting that the porn blackmail email appears to be sent from their own email address, causing added concern the hacking claims may be real. But don't be fooled. Email spoofing has been around for a long time and is relatively easy to do. Usually the message headers will reveal the true sending email address. Here's how to tell if an email has been spoofed.]

[EDITOR'S NOTE ABOUT WORK VS PERSONAL EMAILS 1/21/19: A number of people are expressing concern in the comments that the blackmail email is coming to their work email, instead of their personal email (or both). It doesn't matter — an email address is a email address as far as this scam goes. Billions of emails have been leaked over the years, many of those from business-focused services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn and Adobe. If I check to see which of my email addresses have been involved in breaches, my work email has been breached many more times than my personal email.

Originally published 3/12/18. Updated 4/22/2020 with new data from Sophos

[Image credit: Man in a dark room at a computer via BigStockPhoto]



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Ok so I already posted a comment but mine was different

From Eli on May 13, 2020 :: 8:35 pm

Ive been reading through a lot of comments, and the info is different from what others are saying. They say I have 3 days, instead of 24 hours and request $900 instead of like $1900. Their grammar is bad. And if you didn’t see my previous comment, I said they didn’t address me by my name and did not attach a video or picture of me. But I did it on my phone, and it sent an email to my computer. And how’d they get my email through my phone? Please someone respond I’m not concerned but I still have doubts.

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Not different. Same thing, slightly different wording.

From Josh Kirschner on May 13, 2020 :: 10:23 pm

It’s the same scam. Slight variations in wording mean nothing. They get your email address from data breaches, not through your phone or any other type of hacking. What they’re saying in the email is just technical goobblygook.

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Thanks

From Eli on May 14, 2020 :: 2:06 am

Thank you for the info that this is most likely a scam. But what are the chances of someone actually hacking into your phone or webcam and recording you while also getting all your contacts? Probably very unlikely right?

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Concern?

From Andrea on May 22, 2020 :: 2:47 pm

I received two text messages from different numbers in the past two days that appear similar to this scam. However, they are addressed to my father (awkward), but again to my phone number. The knowledge of an old password was concerning at first, but this chain explained that. Today’s message included my dad’s home address. Is it that easy to get all of this personal info online? Should we be worried?

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Yes it is very easy

From JRS on May 24, 2020 :: 5:08 pm

Hey,

It’s very easy to obtain people information just from a first and last name. You shouldn’t worry though. They are just trying to scare you. Block the number would be my advice.

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Slightly worried because I have anxiety.

From Daniel on May 24, 2020 :: 7:09 pm

I got a text message today:

“I know every thing about you. My spyware corrupted your phone and recorded your video while you were masturbating. I’ve the full recording. I’m going to make you a one time, non negotiable offer. Get $1000 in BTC and send it to this address 1B711i2FxoPPo668cViQ85BRq6UgSYjHVB and I will disappear for good and will erase everything I have regarding you. If I don’t get the payment, I will certainly make your life a living nightmare. Trust me. You have 24 hours.”

Being that they didn’t address me personally is a sign that it’s a scam most likely, but what bothers me is that it was a text message, not an email. I’ve gone around looking around hoping for a link that would lead me to other people that have gotten the same kind of text messages. This is the first where I’ve seen someone say they’ve gotten a text message I believe.

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Same scam, different method

From Josh Kirschner on May 24, 2020 :: 7:29 pm

Nothing surprising here. They’re just using stolen phone numbers instead of email addresses. Same deal - just ignore it.

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Same text

From Roxanne on May 25, 2020 :: 1:39 pm

Daniel,
I received the same exact text message yesterday afternoon, the same day you got it. The wording is exact.  I did change all of my passwords and did report it, but I’m still scared.  It’ll be 24 hours from when I got the text in less than an hour…I"m just hoping this truly is a scan and nothing happens.

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I think it's safe to

From Daniel on May 25, 2020 :: 9:03 pm

I think it’s safe to say that it was indeed a scam.

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duct tape

From Will on May 25, 2020 :: 2:08 pm

Just put a piece of duct tape over your webcam to remove all doubt smile

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Not duct tape!

From Josh Kirschner on May 25, 2020 :: 8:57 pm

Duct tape will leave a sticky mess on your computer. A Post It is better!

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Confused

From Sally on June 03, 2020 :: 1:01 am

Hello! I received one of these emails back in May and blocked and deleted the emails but I recently got 6 new emails titled “I KNOW EVERYTHING” with one of my old passwords that I changed and I though that the instances were related so I deleted the emails permanently. I was just wondering if anyone has had the same occurrence and could lend me a hand with this situation.

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Online Blackmail

From Alisha on July 28, 2020 :: 2:43 am

Both men and women can be victims of online blackmail, either by being coerced into carrying out sexual violence through online. The finest way to stop yourself from winding up as a victim is to be very careful regarding who you befriend with online, particularly if you’re considering sharing anything personal with them.

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The blackmail scam continues - latest version

From Josh Kirschner on August 10, 2020 :: 3:52 pm

The latest version of this scam I received today. Spoofed to look like it was coming from my own email address. Sadly, bitcoin wallets connected to the wallet below have seen more than $40k in inbound transfers.

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Re: I will forward the video to your relatives, friends, and co workers

The last time you visited a pornographic website with young teenagers, you downloaded and automatically installed spying software that I created. My program has turned on your cαmera and recorded the act of ur mαsturbatίon and the vίdeo you were watching while mαsturbating. I also got your contact lists, phone numbers, emails, social media contacts. I have the mark.mp4 video file with ur mαsturbatioɳ and a file with all your contacts on my hard drive. If you want me to delete both files and keep your secret, you must seɳd me the Bitcoin pαyʍent. I give you lαst 72 houɼs to trαnsfer the funds.

Amount: 0.085 Bit-Coin (approximately)

Bit-Coin Address Part 1: 1FpQsNhGgLYmXx9S3fA
Bit-Coin Address Part 2: JaR2JCw634zovRj

Important: You must put the two parts together (Bit-Coin Address Part 1+Bit-Coin Address Part 2) with no spaces between them. You may also save that somewhere not to lose the details.

Next time you cover your cameras, somebody may watch it! Limit yourself to one time per month if you can`t go completely NoFap.

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Helppp

From Sakshi on August 12, 2020 :: 4:04 pm

Hi, yesterday my dad recieved such an email, and i am terrified. But after reading this page, i did feel a little bit better. His email had a similar message, but it also included one of his password from a few not so important, rarely used websites, for eg. random newsletter subscriptions, etc. Now I know for a fact that he does not watch porn, all of his apps, devices etc is secure, like literally even the light entering his device has to ask permission. But I sometimes do watch porn, on incognito or using free unsecured VPN. But there is literally no connection between my dad recieving this email and me watching stuff on my phone because i use VPN or incognito mode, none of his accounts are signed in in my phone, we don’t use the same wifi cause of different data packs. So if the hacker even recorded me, how does he digitally know that we are connected/related? Please help! This didn’t happen because of me right?? I am about to me exposed to my dad😱😵

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Nothing to worry about

From Josh Kirschner on August 12, 2020 :: 5:28 pm

I believe I covered this pretty clearly in the article. It’s a scam. They didn’t record you. Ignore it.

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Weird email

From Lane on December 20, 2020 :: 8:14 pm

My dad got that same email everyone is posted, except it had one of my old passwords. How could they have linked the two up? Obviously fake but kind of worrying

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I wouldn't worry about that nuance in the note

From Josh Kirschner on December 22, 2020 :: 6:11 pm

There are tons of databases out there that try to link information together - some are more successful than others. At some point, you and your dad were likely connected through an address, phone number or something similar you shared, and hacked data re email/password were merged in, as well.

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jz2010aa

From Joey Zuraski on December 31, 2020 :: 3:29 pm

So I get this bullcrap email every few days. Yes I venture to some websites I shouldn’t, but so does 9 million morons locked down this whole year.
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The weakest hacked password is jz2010aa
“you don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?

Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.

What exactly did I do?

I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).

What should you do?

Well, I believe, $5400 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: 18AVxMK2KHimbrTJVEeUYM3LxLfD9RoR3o
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Important:

You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid (after payment, send an email to whateveritwas), I will erase the video immediately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.”

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I got one of those

From Carla Frap on January 27, 2021 :: 9:33 pm

I got one of those emails today. I was wicked nervous but was more concerned about the link it wanted me to click than releasing videos. I will be shoring up all my emails today, but i do feel better knowing its highly likely to be a scam.

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6k something for nothing

From Ben Been on January 29, 2021 :: 6:24 am

good article man, nice defusing of empty threats

Sure, most all emails, especially old ones, accessing servers/services/hostings/networks here and there were breached at some time or the other

the more account you have, more likely some of them were compromised.

but here is the thing, they first count that you fear some exposure, and second they think that mentioning some hundred years old password from service you most likely don’t even use anymore in combination with expecting that all of us are shameful lust freaks jerking of all day long and thoroughly ashamed of it…

not that I never watched porn.
net that I never jerked of.

it is kind a bodily function which takes some serious effort to contain, so whatever.

but why would one be ashamed of it is the real question. it is rooted in religions holier than though frost on us, and personal ego devices left to wage on good and bad and what would someone else think of if..

drop these and you are fine, free even if they had you in 21k video of whatever pose or activity

but it is all smoke and mirrors, because if they had anything they would give you glimpse of future release. if passwords they supposedly found when hacking you is not password of that email but is of some service then service you posted

haveibeenpwned.com

is good to get some trace. but you don’t even need to change password if it is changed, or do not belong to said email

+ you also can become porn star nothing wrong with that or anything

do not fear, your fear makes you shortsighted and gullible.

I have several emails, from time to time with nothing much to do I do check even spam folder, I bet many of these were deleted with 30 days settings, but in some I have seen this type of letters”” with their demands and threats but without any substantial evidence (even if I cared) except some old password from breached services.

let it be, do not fall for it. if someone shall see your body parts because you refused to be blackmailed and threatened (with empty gun), so what, there is far worse stuff and yet noone seams to be doing anything about it.

stay whole and fearless, and you will see this trickery for what it is, trickery and not even a decent one.

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En fait il y a fichiers gif avec des copies d’écran

From habibi01 on February 06, 2021 :: 2:54 am

En fait il y a 3 fichiers gif avec des copies d’écran du texte et 2 fichiers jpeg vides.

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Do NOT send money to

From habibi01 on February 06, 2021 :: 2:56 am

Do NOT send money to these lowlives. If you are worried that you’ve done something wrong, stop doing it OR talk to your partner about your interest (or addiction?) to pornography.  Problem solved.  Never allow a person to threaten you and make you fearful.

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Mine is a little different

From DM on March 04, 2021 :: 3:24 am

Ny name was not included, but the verbiage is different from the rest—and I was never given an exact amount to pay. A txt attachment was included ( did not open). I still feel like this is a scam, since I don’t use my computer to look at porn, therefore no webcam. Anyways, here is the email I got:

U don’t look like a guy who can’t look for a lover for yourself.
U love to wanking or the issue lies in you?
I do not judge humans who have similar passion, who I am to blame you.
Let’s get to the point.Your masturbation has been filmed through ur web camera, and now I have got topnotch dirt on you.
Thru my app I accessed to your social networks and downloaded all contact info from your mail.Steer clear of dubious sites if u don’t want to infect your device with a hostile application.
I provide you with 2 alternatives to address the issue.
You give money to me for my silence and for my work.
Of course this activity is not the best in the world, but while there’re individuals similar to u, I’ll not be out of the job.
Elsewise, I will publish the tape where you have a wank on the net and send it to your closest people.
The decision is yours whether you wanna keep ur public image in the eyes of your closest people or humiliate yourself.
U are given forty-eight hours to send my reward from the moment of reading this warning, I will see when u read it through remote access.
If u defy me, in ninety six hours I will keep the pledge and send ur head-spinning vid to your closest people.
Don’t attempt to text me and beseech me, the electronic-mail is hacked and soon the access to it will be denied.

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That's really badly done

From Josh Kirschner on March 04, 2021 :: 10:34 am

No one ever accused these guys of being smart. How are victims supposed to pay if he doesn’t provide an amount or bitcoin address? This scammer definitely should be out of a job.

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Greek letter substitutions in porn scam emails

From Josh Kirschner on March 11, 2021 :: 3:52 pm

The porn email scammers are trying to get around spam blockers by using Greek letter substitutions. Gmail isn’t fooled and sends these straight to spam for me. However, not every email provider is catching them. Sadly, this bitcoin wallet has already received over $1200 in payments. Kudos to Gmail on their spam filters.
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The lαst tίme you vίsίted α  poɼn ogɼαphίc websίte wίth young teenαgeɼs, you downloαded αnd αutomαtίcαlly ίnstαlled spyίng softwαɼe thαt ί cɼeαted. My pɼogɼαm hαs tuɼned on youɼ cαmeɼα αnd ɼecoɼded the αct of uɼ mαstuɼbαtίon αnd the vίdeo you weɼe wαtchίng whίle mαstuɼbαtίng. ί αlso got youɼ contαct lίsts, phone numbeɼs, emαίls, socίαl medία contαcts. ί hαve the josh.mp4 vίdeo fίle wίth uɼ mαstuɼbαtίoɳ αnd α fίle wίth αll youɼ contαcts on my hαɼd dɼίve. ίf you wαnt me to delete both fίles αnd keep youɼ secɼet, you need to send me $1000 ίn bίt-Coίn..ί cαn αlso post αccess to αll youɼ e-mαίl coɼɼespondence αnd messengeɼs thαt you use.

Bίtcoίn wαllet: 17NgJv6tDXpARJMKjcgVUdUF9TKCT11nZx

Once ί ɼeceίve the compensαtίon (Yes, consίdeɼ ίt α compensαtίon), ί wίll ίmmedίαtely delete the vίdeos. You hαve thɼee dαys to send the αmount. ί wίll ɼeceίve α notίfίcαtίon once thίs emαίl ίs opened, αnd the countdown wίll begίn.

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Txt file at the bottom

From Andrew Steadman on March 22, 2021 :: 3:54 am

Lindseycoleman@aol.com
Title of email (my name)
Do not try to contact legal bodies, they will fail to settle the situation, I am a foreign citizen.
Now thoroughly and completely read the notification, alternatively the consequences can be irrevocable.
Ur masturbation was filmed via my prog.
One of its possibilities is activation of a webcam of the victim distantly, I also downloaded all contacts from your electronic-mail and have gained access to ur social networking sites.
I’m not going to go into details how that occurred.
And word of advice – keep away from dubious websites, and anti malware get to be permanently updated.
But these actions not always can protect your device.
To save your reputation, read the file.

Then they give a (my name).txt file

Is this still the same scam? Can I open a .txt file without fear of downloading something malicious

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Revision

From Andrew Steadman on March 22, 2021 :: 4:17 am

Sorry I meant the email came from lindseykeycard@aol.com

Any help with this would be great! Thank you!!

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What happened further

From Anonymous on March 31, 2021 :: 8:56 pm

Hi Andrew,

What happened further in your case? Did you open the .txt file or did you discard it?

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Yes, same scam

From Josh Kirschner on March 22, 2021 :: 8:57 am

There’s nothing special about having your name in the email, there are plenty of data breaches that have revealed names and associated email addresses. It’s the same scam.

I am not aware of malware being sent through .txt files, but never open any files sent from people you don’t know, especially ones that are clearly scams, like this one. And sometimes people will trick you into opening what appears to be a harmless text file, though is really an executable (e.g., dangerousfile.txt.exe).

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Accidentally opened .txt file

From Anonymous on April 02, 2021 :: 2:49 am

I didn’t really understand what the body of the email was implying and I fell for it and clicked the .txt file that was “myname”.txt . What happens if you opened the .txt attachment?? Is my phone likely infected now and vulnerable to more attacks? What should I do? Thank you so much for the help!

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What did happen?

From Josh Kirschner on April 02, 2021 :: 9:15 am

When you clicked the file, did it open a text file with more information? Or, if nothing happened, that may be a sign that it was actually an executable file. Do you still have it in your email where you can double-check the extension?

When I opened txt file...

From Anonymous on April 02, 2021 :: 2:51 pm

When I opened the .txt file, the top had the Bitcoin address and $1499 USD required payment and then more verbiage like the other emails about how much time you have etc. The difference between this and the other emails is basically this was split in 2 parts - the body of the email began with the similar verbiage as others, then says “my requirements are in the file” and then expands on what was in the body of the email. Why do you think it would be split it and make you open a .txt file? It didn’t seem to do anything when I opened it, just brought up more text. Please help! Is there anything I should do now having opened it? This whole thing is terrifying, though you have helped tremendously. Thank you so much

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That's not suprising

From Josh Kirschner on April 02, 2021 :: 4:37 pm

That fact that it opened as a real text file actually supports the case that it wasn’t malware. The scammer just put that stuff in a .txt file to try to avoid spam filters, which I’ve seen other scammers do in the past.

So....I got this from “Judy” and separately from “Hari” today

From Ray Cumming on March 24, 2021 :: 12:35 pm

Read this one

So!

The story is, I know you watch P0RNOGRAPlC videoz and you have been RECORDEED in the same time you MASTURRBATE.

Your smart-phone got lNFECTED and your CAMERRA was activated when… you know. Also… your list of contacts/list of social contacts was copied so if you don`t send to me 800$ value in BIT-COlN I will release the footage with you too all your contacts. You can search on Google for PAAXFUL and get the crypto coinz from there.

My details are these and transfer approximately that amount:

The Address: 1-6-2-Z-9-T-v-H-Z-J-5-L-g-K-M-h-h-K-c-n-M-a-t-4-g-V-D-v-R-W-r-J-r-3

The Amount: 0.013

So… you must to manually eliminate all dashes from my address and you will get a string of 34 characters that starts with “1” and ends with “3”. Use that string of 34 chars to send the bribery. And the addrres is CASE SenSitiVe.

You have like… a few days to complete this task. To clean your device out of my background sneaky stuff do a search on “How to reset to factory settings” and your phone model.

You may want to stop watching this stuffs to avoid this kind of situation .. I`m just sayin…

So, if the bribery will be transfered the video will be deleted and that`s it.
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I assume this is a different version of the scam ??

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It's the same scam

From Josh Kirschner on March 24, 2021 :: 5:08 pm

It’s the same scam, slightly different wording. Every scammer puts their own unique spin on it.

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Thanks Josh Kirschner

From Someguy on April 02, 2021 :: 6:35 am

God bless you Josh I was terrified I received on email with my full name unfortunately I opened the email because of the grave concern… I’m I safe? I changed my email password, factory reset my phone in the process I lost valuable family pictures, old messages from dear friends and family I also changed my phone lock password. I’m sorry I would just like some advice any would be greatly appreciated

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Just opening the email is fine

From Josh Kirschner on April 02, 2021 :: 9:17 am

If all you did was open the email, you’ll be fine.  It would only be a potential risk if you clicked an attached file.

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What’s the risk associated with the attached txt file

From Anonymous on April 02, 2021 :: 3:01 pm

Sorry now I’m freaking out again. I was feeling better before, but I did instinctively open the attachment as the body of the email was confusing. What is the potential risk now?? He didn’t have any personal information about me in either text string, so he doesn’t actually have any video of me or my contacts right??

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???

From Someguy on April 02, 2021 :: 9:25 am

What if I opened an attached file listing there demands what should I do?

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Do nothing

From Josh Kirschner on April 02, 2021 :: 4:39 pm

If it opened as a real text file, it almost certainly isn’t malware, just an an attempt by the scammer to avoid spam filters. Ignore and delete the email.

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Scam email?

From Cathy on April 02, 2021 :: 4:09 pm

I received this very badly written email with an attachment.  I would normally delete without a thought but the subject was my sons first and last name.  Scam?
Within ninety-six h I’ll spoil your prestige, run through this message to the end!
It isn’t for me to dispraise ur affection to wanking, though any religion criticizes that.
I won’t bore u with philosophical questions what is right and what’s wrong and I will get right to the point.
I have shot a vid where u get urself off via your device webcam as well as I accessed to your social media and have downloaded all contacts from ur email.
Look through the text in the attachment with my requisitions.

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Scam email

From Josh Kirschner on April 02, 2021 :: 4:40 pm

Same scam. Some of the scammers are putting information in text files to avoid spam filters.

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Thank you

From Someguy on April 02, 2021 :: 7:48 pm

Josh thank you very much for taking time out of your day to reply i really appreciate it and I’m sure most of us here do as well

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Thank you

From Anonymous on April 03, 2021 :: 8:07 pm

Josh thank you so much for taking the time to reply and helping to alleviate the fears. So much appreciated

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New version with a .txt file attachment

From AR on April 12, 2021 :: 3:22 pm

Just got this version with a .txt file attachment titled with my name, which i did not open. I’m guessing it may have had instructions for “payment” since the email didn’t include. I reported phishing and blocked the email but wondering if I should do anything further.

“For some time I have been watching you via your camera, and u don’t stop surprising me.
I’m afraid to guess why do u have such a great passion for masturbation, and ur predilections are horrible…
To tell the truth, I do not see anything bad in masturbation, I’m not the person to condemn u.
Another matter is if ur wank off has been filmed via ur web camera, then that changes everything.
I have filmed your wank by means of the web camera of your device, and now I have a very interesting video with your participation.
Using remote access I have cloned contact information from your electronic-mail and your social networks.
Now u realize why I’m telling all this? I will send it to ur relatives and post it on the web.
You give money to me, and then I will destroy all blackmail material in relation to u and get out of your hair, saving ur reputation in the sight of others.
There are forty-eight h to pay me from the time of opening the message, I will be notified when you read it.
If you defy my requirement, within 96 hours the video tape where u masturbation is gonna become the world heritage on the net.
It’s u to decide if u care about your prestige.
And end accessing doubtful sites, since your device can be infected even if there is installed antivirus.
Do not try to reach me, on sending this text I’ll delete this electronic-mail in order to erase clues.”

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In fact a scam

From Anonymous on April 12, 2021 :: 7:56 pm

Just want to follow up to let others know that, rest assured, nothing happens after your “allotted time frame” to pay the ransom passes when you don’t pay. It definitely is a bit frightening to hear the claims of being watched and privacy violated, but thankfully it all seems to be untrue

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Probably a scam?

From Anonymous on April 14, 2021 :: 5:59 pm

Got this email today. Email doesn’t look like a typical scammer email either. Pretty sure its a scam but would like some clarity to put my mind at ease. Also came with an attached txt document that I didn’t open.
Your device was infected with my malicious application.
Read the text till the end, elsewise the implications are going to be irreversible.
I can think of your home passion for a long time, but I’m not gonna take any more valuable time out of your schedule, because you will need it.
I have recorded your masturbation using the camera, and I also have cloned all the contacts of your closest people from your electronic-mail.
Now I possess a very intriguing blackmail material where u participate.
The requirements are straightforward, I mean it is remuneration for the time I have wasted for you.
I am not concerned with what people do during their time off.
You have got forty-eight hours as soon as u read the text (I will see that) to tackle the financial question.
After fulfilling my claims, I will remove ur horrible clip and you’re never going to hear of me again.
If you flout me, in ninety six hours I will send this video to your relatives and publish it on the Internet.
Advice for the future, don’t browse questionable websites in order to avoid your device infection.
Don’t text me and don’t attempt to beseech me, the electronic-mail is hacked and after emailing this message it is gonna be deleted for the sake of safety.

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Yep, scam

From Josh Kirschner on April 15, 2021 :: 9:18 am

Wording is slightly different, but same old scam.

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