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Is the Porn Blackmail Scam Real?

by on March 12, 2018
in Computer Safety & Support, News, Computers and Software, Blog :: 519 comments

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.

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 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.

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



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insist

From iyana brooke on January 08, 2019 :: 6:02 am

I have changed my password, i have also deleted the mails, but this morning i still received an email, telling me he was waiting for the payment and that everytime that i change my password, his malware will detect it . please i need help!!!!!!! the worst is that i never visit porn sites!!! i want to delete outlook from my lap top and buy a software cleaner

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Why not follow my advice?

From Josh Kirschner on January 08, 2019 :: 12:45 pm

Instead of deleting Outlook, why not just follow my advice and ignore it? That’s what the article above is all about.

FWIW, you should have antimalware on your computer anyhow. Though even Microsoft’s Windows Defender that comes with Windows is pretty good.

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Can you show the mail?

From TBE on January 09, 2019 :: 9:13 am

Can you show us the email?

Anyway if you didn’t visit a porn website then don’t be scared. And also don’t contact them about the evidence because stuff they send you may be a malicious software that can open backdoor into your PC and make great access for hackers to get into your PC.

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Interesting turn of events...

From Ed on January 11, 2019 :: 4:11 pm

Woke up this morning to the email mentioned above several times (i will not repost so as not to nake this too tedious). Anyway, same MO, “we have videos of you beating it to porn, deposit in bitcoin, your password is ... etc.

I thought of it as a scam, but decided to go into my accounts and change passwords anyway… In an interesting turn of events (and this is where I really began to panic), as I checked my hotmail account’s activity, I noticed there were 6 login attempts from different plaes around the world (VPN is my guess).

Has anyone noticed anything of the sort in their attacked accounts?

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That's not entirely surprising

From Josh Kirschner on January 11, 2019 :: 4:27 pm

You likely received the porn email because your email address was part of some data breach. Many of those data breaches also contained passwords, so it’s not surprising that someone may be trying that leaked password on your Hotmail account.

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Got this one

From GW on January 16, 2019 :: 6:19 am

Scan the information attentively!
You could speak to any law enforcement agency, but still no one will catch me.
Away back you went on the adult webpage, your computer web browser was damaged with recent malware.
While you read this letter I have got entry to all your passwords using a hidden RDP connection.
I have already all your data from your computer.
This virus can also uses your camera and gets video.
I made a video where it is shown utterly your mastrubation.
You have exactly 24 hours since the moment seeing this warining (I will receive an email ) to pay for the discharge of mentioned videos, or I will spread all the mentioned contacts to your relatives, friends, colleagues…
Answer to this warning + and my computer will send the details for payment. Rejcet this warning and in 1day, all abovementioned secret files will be sent.

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I received it twice

From Msun on January 16, 2019 :: 9:49 pm

I received one 2 weeks ago, it disappeared after a few days, then I got another one yesterday. They made it looked like it was sent from my own email address. I ignored them lol, geez I’m not THAT gullible.
Goes like this

Subject: high danger. Your account was hacked

“Hi!

As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your acc: On moment of crack ×××××××@hotmail.ca password: ××××××××

You say: this is my, but old password!
Or: I will change my password at any time!

Of course! You will be right,
but the fact is that when you change the password, my malicious code every time saved a new one!

I’ve been watching you for a few months now.
But 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 from e-mail and messangers.

Why your antivirus did not detect my 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 $749 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).

My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1KeCBKUgQDyyMpaXhfpRi2qUvyrjcsT44o

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.
Bye!”

So I went and pulled out the details of the sender and found the ip address it was sent from (in Zimbabwe apparently). So I’ve blocked the ip address using my windows firewall.
This is where I found how to do it
https://www.trishtech.com/2014/05/block-ip-address-windows-firewall-windows-8/

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Unfortunately, that won't help anything

From Josh Kirschner on January 17, 2019 :: 9:31 am

The email may have been sent by someone in Zimbabwe, but it goes to your email service provider, and the IP address your system is accessing is the IP address of your email provider. So blocking the other IP address won’t stop those emails from coming through.

There’s also no point in trying to stop the “hack”, since there is no hack - this is all made up.

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c'est arriver à moi aussi hhh

From lamia on January 17, 2019 :: 8:04 am

voici le txte reçu:
I know 515151 is one of your pass. Lets get directly to purpose. Not one person has paid me to investigate about you. You do not know me and you’re probably thinking why you are getting this e-mail?
laqepy lamyae8 515151 rekulsyot lamyae8 515151 avfufodo lamyae8 515151 r lamyae8 515151 piyw lamyae8 515151 jowinysve lamyae8 515151 cmsieevto lamyae8 515151 ouhailimk lamyae8 515151 uuokkeeef lamyae8 515151 hriaqaix lamyae8 515151
in fact, i actually placed a software on the xxx video clips (pornography) website and guess what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were watching videos, your browser began operating as a Remote control Desktop with a key logger which gave me access to your display as well as webcam. Right after that, my software program obtained all your contacts from your Messenger, social networks, as well as email . Next i created a double-screen video. First part shows the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste lmao), and 2nd part displays the view of your webcam, & its u.
iraptjzos lamyae8 515151 ft lamyae8 515151 csnhfp lamyae8 515151 aiuxojge lamyae8 515151 seowipert lamyae8 515151 zrzyez lamyae8 515151 mby lamyae8 515151 hzeglibag lamyae8 515151 denal lamyae8 515151 axuxakubp lamyae8 515151
There are 2 alternatives. Let us analyze each of these possibilities in particulars:
edd lamyae8 515151 g lamyae8 515151 vavimihvy lamyae8 515151 ytadahf lamyae8 515151 knynjmp lamyae8 515151 qeqynefa lamyae8 515151 vlyoxaiz lamyae8 515151 wuycuufe lamyae8 515151 cafycooo lamyae8 515151 kuoybeuwa lamyae8 515151
1st alternative is to ignore this e mail. in this case, i will send your very own recorded material to all your your personal contacts and think concerning the embarrassment you experience. and as a consequence in case you are in an important relationship, just how it will certainly affect?
oludysced lamyae8 515151 zaajekofe lamyae8 515151 jlmltr lamyae8 515151 paazet lamyae8 515151 keuwba lamyae8 515151 abejayck lamyae8 515151 npuxiwyzu lamyae8 515151 pepajbz lamyae8 515151 sbti lamyae8 515151 piuxaibae lamyae8 515151
Latter alternative is to give me $867. Let us name it as a donation. Then, i will without delay erase your video recording. You can keep on going your daily routine like this never took place and you surely will never hear back again from me.
zoog lamyae8 515151 vauyduuaw lamyae8 515151 ktayciik lamyae8 515151 bepeivdak lamyae8 515151 qyjtvbaau lamyae8 515151 oadeayvov lamyae8 515151 bujgyr lamyae8 515151 myjiaze lamyae8 515151 ooi lamyae8 515151 ruuztvud lamyae8 515151
You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search for ‘how to buy bitcoin’ in Google).
kukityxu lamyae8 515151 wceyp lamyae8 515151 piuzonucc lamyae8 515151 jnlievgoj lamyae8 515151 xmu lamyae8 515151 qojyi lamyae8 515151 saok lamyae8 515151 g lamyae8 515151 nyavisnit lamyae8 515151 exozunall lamyae8 515151
BTC address to send to: 1DG8pnwK9vdevHjB1nfDQRUmyYVJyPQNf9
reysoqe lamyae8 515151 iguc lamyae8 515151 reiwouato lamyae8 515151 digatao lamyae8 515151 qaceder lamyae8 515151 baeotl lamyae8 515151 huytri lamyae8 515151 imkikyqu lamyae8 515151 ghboytee lamyae8 515151 celmfefa lamyae8 515151
[CaSe sensitive copy and paste it]
pyqehol lamyae8 515151 vcdyymuip lamyae8 515151 y lamyae8 515151 loaixowu lamyae8 515151 cib lamyae8 515151 quaabasko lamyae8 515151 uuaswiz lamyae8 515151 sevayua lamyae8 515151 qun lamyae8 515151 ognxma lamyae8 515151
Should you are wondering about going to the cops, anyway, this email message cannot be traced back to me. I have dealt with my steps. i am not trying to ask you for money a huge amount, i want to be compensated. e mail if i don’t get the bitcoin, i will definately send out your video to all of your contacts including friends and family, coworkers, and so on. Nonetheless, if i receive the payment, i’ll erase the recording immediately. If you really want proof, reply with Yeah! & i definitely will send your video recording to your 11 contacts. it’s a non:negotiable offer, so please don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email message.
Lamyae riix@hthknofly.com
mer. 9 janv. 06:17 (Il y a 8 jours)

je dois vous dire que je n’ai jamais regardé de film de ce genre. jamais…
malgré cela j’ai eu peur des faux montages
j’ai supprimé mon compte google..

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Similar but different email

From Jon on January 17, 2019 :: 11:58 pm

Got an email similar to this. But in my case they didn’t have the password to any of my emails. The only shocking thing is they contacted me through my work email and threatened to send whatever video they had to my clients and my contacts on facebook. I deleted the message instantly. Wasn’t worried at first because I thought if I was truly hacked they’d have sent a screenshot or something. But should i be worried how they got my work email? And could it be a coincidence?

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No need to worry

From Josh Kirschner on January 18, 2019 :: 2:33 pm

Your work email is no different than your personal email, just one of billions that have been revealed in breaches. In fact, my work email has been in more breached than my personal.

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I received the same email too

From User on January 18, 2019 :: 11:23 am

The text was different, but the essence is the same. It allegedly mentioned my “one of the passwords” qaz123.
But I did not have such a password. I think that the attacker hoped that many users have this password.
And yet, I do not have a webcam )

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Could this be real?

From Jal on January 18, 2019 :: 7:11 pm

I got a similar email this morning, asking for 2000$ in bitcoin. Coincidentally (or not !) i did happen to go on one of the big porn websites you mention the day before, on my android phone (not my computer). I have no account with them, never log in… the email did not mention any password, but did adress me by 1st name - i guess because my work email has my first name only in it.

I read lots of stories of others getting this type of email, but no stories of those who got them, had used porn, and did not pay -  has it ever happened that the hacker actually did anything ?

Thanks!

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Well actually I did write my story.

From TBE on January 23, 2019 :: 3:55 pm

I do watch porn and yes I have got an email from these scammers… of course I didn’t pay anything… 2 days passed and no one of my friends told me anything hmh so as you can see it doesn’t work.

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Could it be real ? - continued

From Jal on January 18, 2019 :: 7:18 pm

Also can phone cameras be hacked like computer cams can ? Because that’s what would have happened in my case. I never use my computer for personal / private usage.

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Email recieved but not on haveibeenpwned

From Ali akbar on January 19, 2019 :: 6:09 am

So i got an mail regardeing this thread. The password he delivers is correct. I have used it in the past and i still use it for commercial accounts ( nothing important ).  When i check haveibeenpwnedmy mail adress isnt listed but the password deliverred within the email is listed 19 times. For the rest i dont use my pc for pornographics and doesnt have a webcam. I use My phone (#noshame) wich doesnt grand chrome acces to contacts camera nor microphone. The mail doesnt list any personal information nor proof this content he has exists. He also doesnt provide a time windows he wants the transaction he wish to be payed.

I got a bit scared at first cause i viewed this mail at a late hour while being extoxicated. But after viewing this post and reading allot of comment my mind is at more ease.  So thankyou for that.

Any tips on how to deal with it are much appriciated

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Threatening email twice for payment of Bitcoin

From Santosh on January 21, 2019 :: 3:15 am

Received email twice for payment of Bitcoin. In the first email they mentioned that they have the video of mine mastebating. And given 72 hours time to do the payment. Also they mentioned that they have all my contact list of email and FB. At the time of watching porn videos in phone, the FB account was logged out. How it possible to get the contact list of FB? Also today received second email with the email subject ’ last warning from Anonymous hacker’s. Here they mentioned that they are giving another 72 hours time to do the payment of Bitcoin to avoid releasing my mastebating video. This second email received just before one hour of expiring first 72 hours time. Please suggest me what I need to do now and what steps do I need to take. Your suggestions much helpful for me to save my life.

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I already covered all this in the article

From Josh Kirschner on January 21, 2019 :: 11:03 am

The scammers are just making things up to scare you. What you need to do now is delete the email and move on with your life.

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Is there any instances where scammers released any videos?

From Santosh on January 21, 2019 :: 12:12 pm

Did you come across any instances where scammers released any videos of victims who do not paid the ransom as demanded by them?

In my instance they sent these emails to my work email id. not understanding how they get to know my work email address? It’s nothing to do with my personal things.

Observed that both mails came from different email ID’s.

Really scared of this because these are new things in my life.

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HiI have received the exact

From Raj on January 22, 2019 :: 4:54 am

Hi
I have received the exact mails. Exactly how you have narrated with same time lines.  I have till tomorrow to give the bitcoins.  I am also very nervous but have decided to ignore.

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Please post here after expiry of your time period

From Santosh on January 22, 2019 :: 8:29 am

Hello Raj, please post here after expiry of the time period what will happen. It’s really helpful to the people who has received same kind of email.

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Screen glitch or hack?

From probeus77 on January 21, 2019 :: 7:03 am

Noticed while on iphone was searching for something else!...I clicked on wrong link- went to a porn site and noticed lots of the video clips looked inverted( like an x-ray) and some were moving up and down on screen with horizontal lines across them- weird! then it calmed down - Screen glitch or phone/ camera hack?

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Movie playing issue, not hack

From Josh Kirschner on January 21, 2019 :: 10:47 am

Sounds like that is an issue with the site rendering the movie correctly, either because of an encoding issue or another technical glitch. Definitely not a hack.

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Thanks

From probeus on January 21, 2019 :: 12:33 pm

Thanks so much, i panicked that they’d used something in the video software to open the selfie camera ( maybe via an app that already had permissions). or by some other way and videod me!  and all i was doing was waiting for demanding email with the mo4 on it!
(I was using Firefox on iphone 7plus)
These people are spreading fear!... thanks for your wisdom and knowledge.

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Android Samsung tablet ( latest OS)

From DrFunk on January 21, 2019 :: 5:20 pm

Me again….
Worried that the Android tablet webcam can be hacked / opened while visiting infected or in fact any porn site!?
😳

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Strange

From Lacz on January 29, 2019 :: 4:45 am

I got an e-mail to a brand new work address (which contains my - very frequent - name and the password was my wife’s first name which I never used as password. The association of my name with my wife’s first name is a little scary. Parts of code appearing in the e-mail (converted to plain text for security) may show that a similar e-mail was sent to others with my name and the wife’s first name taken from a public or semi-public database (family/ancestry or another) or by hacking the workplace database (the e-mail address was the most plausible if someone knows the company’s e-mail address algorithm).

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Pour mon cas, est ce bien une arnaque ?

From Dd on January 29, 2019 :: 6:00 pm

Bonjour, j’ai reçu un mail portant les mêmes caractéristiques que décrit ci-dessus,(Webcam, contacts et paiement bitcoin et pas de descriptions personnelles ou copies d’écran.)
Le truc c’est que juste avant j’ai reçu un SMS de “unknow sender” et qui a disparu quand j’ai cliqué dessus…
Je suis donc un peu inquiet quand même, quand pensez-vous ?
Merci.

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C'est juste une coïncidence

From Josh Kirschner on January 29, 2019 :: 6:11 pm

Pardon, je ne parle pas très bien le français. Mais les deux choses ne semblent pas liées. C’est juste une coïncidence qu’ils se soient produits à peu près au même moment.

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Pour mon cas, est ce bien une arnaque ?

From Dd on January 29, 2019 :: 6:36 pm

Merci pour la réponse rapide.
Vous pensez qu’il n’y a pas d’inquiétude à avoir ? Ni pour le SMS ni pour le mail ?
Le mail ne semble pas être du texte mais plutôt une copie d’écran…
Je ne sais pas comment la publier sur votre site pour analyse.

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Rien à craindre

From Josh Kirschner on January 29, 2019 :: 7:03 pm

Ils utilisent une capture d’écran pour l’e-mail au lieu de texte pour éviter qu’elle ne soit attrapée par les filtres anti-spam.

Avoir une application anti-programme malveillant sur votre téléphone ne fait jamais de mal pour assurer votre sécurité et votre confort. Lookout Security, Norton, Bitdefender, etc. sont de bonnes options.

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C'est sur que ça ne risque rien ?

From Dd on January 30, 2019 :: 2:38 am

L’objet du mail à été modifié en ***spam*** mais je l’ai quand même ouvert par erreur. J’ai ouvert les 2 pièces jointes qui étaient des copies d’écran jpeg du texte du mail.
Le mail explique que si je ne crois pas, il enverra les preuves à 6 de mes contacts.

Je dispose de avast sur mon téléphone mais je ne sais pas s’il vérifie tout en permanence. J’ai scanné mon téléphone et aucun malware.

Est-ce que ce mail a quand-même fonctionné avec certaines personnes ou est-ce sûr qu’il n’y a pas de risques ?

Le SMS furtif que j’ai reçu est sans risque ? À t’il pu récupérer mes contacts ?

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C'est sur que ça ne risque rien ?

From Lacz on January 30, 2019 :: 7:07 am

Copie de quel écran? du mail ou du porn ou de votre caméra?

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Pièce jointe

From Dd on January 30, 2019 :: 10:39 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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Fonctionnement du mail

From Dd on January 30, 2019 :: 12:57 pm

Apparemment ce mail ne doit pas être dangereux, il suffit de ne pas répondre et de ne pas payer.
Je ne pense pas que les pièces jointes soient dangereuses.

Qu’en pensez vous ?

Pour le SMS “unknow sender” d’autres personnes le reçoivent sur des téléphones Huawei mais sans que personne ne sache de quoi il s’agit…

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Got porn scam Email

From Amely Jones on January 31, 2019 :: 1:34 pm

Lets get directly to point. Not one person has paid me to investigate you. You may not know me and you’re probably wondering why you’re getting this e mail?

actually, i actually placed a software on the xxx videos (porn material) site and guess what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were viewing video clips, your web browser started working as a Remote control Desktop having a keylogger which provided me accessibility to your display and web cam. after that, my software obtained your complete contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, as well as emailaccount. after that i created a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were watching (you have a fine taste lol . . .), and 2nd part shows the view of your cam, yeah its u.

You got a pair of possibilities. Let us read the solutions in particulars:

Very first alternative is to disregard this e-mail. in such a case, i will send your actual recorded material to each one of your personal contacts and then think regarding the shame that you receive. Not to mention if you are in a romance, just how it would affect?

You’ll make the payment via Bi‌tco‌in (if you do not know this, search for ‘how to buy b‌itcoi‌n’ in Google).

B‌T‌C‌ ad‌dre‌ss to send to: 14cxPepKjJ8XR5k4u7jskJiqMH2vGFV5WY

in case you are planning on going to the law enforcement, good, this e-mail can not be traced back to me. I have covered my actions. i am just not trying to charge a fee so much, i simply prefer to be rewarded. read through%} this emaiWY if i do not receive the ‌bi‌tco‌in‌, i will certainly send out your video recording to all of your contacts including membe rs of your family, coworkers, and so on. Having said that, if i receive the payment, i’ll erase the recording immediately. If you need evidence, reply with Yup and i definitely will send out your video to your 14 friends. it is a non-negotiable offer and so don’t waste my personal time and yours by responding to this mail.

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Two scam emails

From Liz on February 03, 2019 :: 11:16 pm

I received two emails of this nature, two different senders - one in November of 2018 and then one in January 2019.  Different verbiage. The first blackmail attempt was for $4000 in Bitcoin, the second (two months later) was approximately $900 in Bitcoin.  So, this alone should give people hope that they don’t need to worry about this scam - what legitimate blackmail attempt not only doesn’t follow through on their words and then later you get another threat at a pay-out significantly LOWER?

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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Pas de problème

From Dd on February 04, 2019 :: 1:14 am

Donc quelques jours après avoir reçu cet e-mail, il ne s’est rien passé.
C’est une arnaque.

J’ai changé de mot de passe de messagerie et scanné mes appareils par précaution.

Merci à Josh pour son aide.

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From n.ray@bol.com.br 24 hours for payment

From Outlook User on February 06, 2019 :: 8:49 am

Got email on my work email to pay or….

I have never used work laptop or phone to visit any pornography website ever. I have also checked my work email on haveibeenpwned webpage and no issues were seen. Could they have accessed my work info since I use same WiFi for my work and personal phones when I am at home.

Should I b concerned? Please advise.

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Received an email like that in my Outlook inbox a week ago

From E. on February 07, 2019 :: 5:49 pm

It was sitting in my junk folder - I check it from time to time so that legit emails wouldn’t get lost. It was phrased similarly to what other people have posted before me. I checked the date when I got the scam email and it did scare me a lot - I received it a day after Google sent me a warning about someone trying to access my gmail (the attempt was supposedly stopped and I changed my password immediately after I got the warning). I went and changed other passwords as well, just in case.
My sender was <sqesw@tdwix.com> (with my email name as their own)
Ransom - $999
BitCoin address they game me - 1DG8pnwK9vdevHjB1nfDQRUmyYVJyPQNf9

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I should add that my

From E. on February 07, 2019 :: 5:53 pm

I should add that my scam email didn’t include a deadline for payment :D

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Porn Blackmail sent from my own email address

From montater on February 09, 2019 :: 10:16 pm

Hi, all

I got an email right from my email box(work email), so it is not a question they have my current password and all my contacts, which I changed in meantime and turned on the 2 step verification.
The email content is quite similar. What do you think, they just found out my pass because I was stupid using a pass I use on several pages. This doesn’t mean they have reached my camera and things they wrote in email, does it?

the email:
Hi, your account has been infected! It will be good idea to change the pswd right away!
You probably do not heard about me and you may be probably wondering why you’re getting this particular email, is it right?
I am ahacker who openedyour emailand OStwo months ago.
Don’t make an attempt to msg me or look for me, it is impossible, considering that I forwarded you an email from YOUR hacked account.
I have set up malware software to the adult vids (porn) site and suppose that you spent time on this website to enjoy it (you realize what I really mean).
Whilst you have been taking a look at these “great” vids, your browser began to act like a RDP (Remote Control) having a keylogger that provided me the ability to access your screen and web camera.
After that, my programobtainedall info.
You put passwords on the websites you visited, and I caught them.
Of course, you’ll be able to modify each of them, or possibly already changed them.
But it does not matter, my malware renews needed data every 5 minutes.
And what I have done?
I got a backup of every your system. Of all files and personal contacts.
I got a dual-screen video recording. The first part presents the film you were observing (you have got a very good taste, ha-ha…), the second part demonstrates the movie from your web camera.
What actually should you do?
Well, I believe, 500 USD is a fair price for our small riddle. You will do the payment by bitcoins (if you do not recognize this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
My bitcoin wallet address:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it).
Important:
You will have only 48 hours in order to make the payment. (I built in an unique pixel to this email, and at the moment I understand that you have read this email).
To trackthe reading of a letterand the activityin it, I utilizea Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Anything thatcan be usedfor the authorities should helpus.)

In the event I do not get bitcoins, I will certainly direct your video files to all your contacts, such as relatives, co-workers, ?etc?.

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scam

From destiny on February 12, 2019 :: 10:18 am

lol i just receving that
, my passeword mentionned as old i have two authentator now , and i dint have any cam ! XD
and i dont have any intrustion is an fake

I am aware [old passeword ] is one of your pass. Lets get directly to purpose. Neither anyone has compensated me to check you. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e-mail?
actually, i actually installed a malware on the X vids (porn material) site and there’s more, you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were viewing video clips, your web browser began functioning as a RDP that has a keylogger which provided me with accessibility to your screen and also web camera. after that, my software program collected your complete contacts from your Messenger, social networks, and emailaccount. after that i created a video. First part shows the video you were watching (you have a nice taste hehe), and next part displays the recording of your web cam, yeah its u.


You will have 2 options. We are going to explore each of these solutions in aspects:
First solution is to dismiss this email message. in this situation, i am going to send out your very own tape to all your your personal contacts and then you can easily imagine regarding the disgrace you experience. Moreover if you happen to be in a romantic relationship, exactly how it is going to affect?
2nd choice is to compensate me $868. Let us call it a donation. in this scenario, i will straight away erase your video recording. You will keep going everyday life like this never happened and you will not ever hear back again from me.

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Similar email

From Israel on February 12, 2019 :: 4:38 pm

I got this email today that was supposedly sent from my email. However, gmail transferred it directly to the spam inbox and gmail notified me that someone unknown logged in to my email. It looks like a scam, it’s an email just like the ones discussed above, but it is stressing, it is just a scam right?

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It is just a scam

From TBE on February 13, 2019 :: 5:18 am

By reading all these emails and reading mine email I can evaluate it is absolute scam.

None of this emails have something more specific like name of your Friends on social media, Nothing like what web browser you are using, Nothing what is actually on your desktop just plain indirect words that they got something on you.

Beh password breaches was there before and still be there in future.

I never paid to these people, just got another similar email later but still none of my friends has received some video about me having fun on these videos.

Just don’t fall for this. When we stop supporting such things then they disappear soon because they realize there is zero profit and people are not falling for that.

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Definitely fake

From Greg on February 13, 2019 :: 7:29 am

I got one.  Had a moment of “lol” because, well, all it would do to me would embarrass me and that’s not a big deal.

Anyway, they claim they had a pixel tracker in the email, which is *easy* to check if you can view the HTML source of the message.

No <img> tag, no tracker. No tracker, no way this could possibly be real.

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Fed up with these annoying emails

From Sue Davies on February 16, 2019 :: 4:59 pm

I’ve been getting waves of these scam emails for the last 3 months or so.  Fortunately, my junk mail filters now get rid of most of them, but some mornings there’s been 10 or 20 of them in my junk folder.  I’ve even had them in Chinese!

The email account is an old Pipex account, which I’ve known to be compromised for some time - I’m phasing out its use.  I think the password was stolen in one of the TalkTalk data hacks.  Unfortunately, Pipex is a legacy system and TalkTalk, which now owns it, no longer supports it and have made it incredibly difficult to change the password, which is plain daft.

Most of the spam emails don’t give the correct password anyway, but variations on it.  I notice the blackmailers seem to be dropping their “price”, so hopefully business is falling off and perhaps this plague will eventually stop. I’m surprised anyone still falls for this.

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Instagram Breach

From Don Quixote on February 18, 2019 :: 3:56 am

Someone in Russia hacked my Instagram account and got my email address and Instagram password, which I no haven’t used for my email address in years. They sent me one of these porn blackmail emails four days ago, and nothing has happened. Don’t pay these scammers *anything*!

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Just received one

From Phil B on February 19, 2019 :: 10:05 am

I got this email yesterday. I used an email header tool and discovered that he was using email servers registered to Project Runway in Virginia and Google in California. The ip addresses of his email servers were not secure: They failed authentication tests and is not DMARC Compliant and the DKIM-Signature Not Verified.

Adams Fabi <lgmilowpm@outlook.com>

I know WineF00t one of your passwords. Lets get right to purpose. Nobody has paid me to investigate you. You may not know me and you are most likely wondering why you are getting this mail?

actually, i installed a software on the 18+ videos (porn) website and you know what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what i mean). When you were watching video clips, your browser initiated functioning as a RDP with a key logger which provided me with access to your display as well as web camera. immediately after that, my software program collected your entire contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and email account. Next i made a video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste lol), and next part shows the view of your web cam, & its u. 
You got 2 choices. We should read these types of possibilities in aspects:

Very first option is to just ignore this email. in this case, i am going to send your very own video to all of your contacts and thus just imagine about the awkwardness you experience. and consequently if you are in an important relationship, how this will affect?

2nd solution should be to pay me $969. We are going to regard it as a donation. as a result, i will without delay erase your video recording. You will continue your daily routine like this never occurred and you would never hear back again from me.
You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search ‘how to buy bitcoin’ in Google search engine). 

BTC address:
1JzxooWQEDbkSWtmXNAd3mryy3EKm63U7f
[casesensitive, copy and paste it]

if you have been thinking about going to the law, good, this message cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my actions. i am not looking to ask you for money a whole lot, i prefer to be paid. i have a specific pixel in this email message, and at this moment i know that you have read this email. You have one day to make the payment. if i do not get the BitCoins, i definitely will send your video recording to all of your contacts including close relatives, colleagues, etc. However, if i do get paid, i will destroy the recording right away. it is a nonnegotiable offer that being said please don’t waste my personal time and yours by replying to this email. if you need proof, reply Yeah and i definitely will send your video to your 8 contacts.

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