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Jul 18

Sextortion Scam Uses Recipient’s Hacked Passwords

Here’s a clever new twist on an old email scam that could serve to make the con far more believable. The message purports to have been sent from a hacker who’s compromised your computer and used your webcam to record a video of you while you were watching porn. The missive threatens to release the video to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin ransom. The new twist? The email now references a real password previously tied to the recipient’s email address.

The basic elements of this sextortion scam email have been around for some time, and usually the only thing that changes with this particular message is the Bitcoin address that frightened targets can use to pay the amount demanded. But this one begins with an unusual opening salvo:

“I’m aware that <substitute password formerly used by recipient here> is your password,” reads the salutation.

The rest is formulaic:

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, $1400 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: 1Dvd7Wb72JBTbAcfTrxSJCZZuf4tsT8V72
(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, I will erase the video immidiately. 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.

KrebsOnSecurity heard from three different readers who received a similar email in the past 72 hours. In every case, the recipients said the password referenced in the email’s opening sentence was in fact a password they had previously used at an account online that was tied to their email address.

However, all three recipients said the password was close to ten years old, and that none of the passwords cited in the sextortion email they received had been used anytime on their current computers.

It is likely that this improved sextortion attempt is at least semi-automated: My guess is that the perpetrator has created some kind of script that draws directly from the usernames and passwords from a given data breach at a popular Web site that happened more than a decade ago, and that every victim who had their password compromised as part of that breach is getting this same email at the address used to sign up at that hacked Web site.

I suspect that as this scam gets refined even more, perpetrators will begin using more recent and relevant passwords — and perhaps other personal data that can be found online — to convince people that the hacking threat is real. That’s because there are a number of shady password lookup services online that index billions of usernames (i.e. email addresses) and passwords stolen in some of the biggest data breaches to date.

Alternatively, an industrious scammer could simply execute this scheme using a customer database from a freshly hacked Web site, emailing all users of that hacked site with a similar message and a current, working password. Tech support scammers also may begin latching onto this method as well.

Sextortion — even semi-automated scams like this one with no actual physical leverage to backstop the extortion demand — is a serious crime that can lead to devastating consequences for victims. Sextortion occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them with images of a sexual nature, sexual favors, or money.

According to the FBI, here are some things you can do to avoid becoming a victim:

-Never send compromising images of yourself to anyone, no matter who they are — or who they say they are.
-Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know, and in general be wary of opening attachments even from those you do know.
-Turn off [and/or cover] any web cameras when you are not using them.

The FBI says in many sextortion cases, the perpetrator is an adult pretending to be a teenager, and you are just one of the many victims being targeted by the same person. If you believe you’re a victim of sextortion, or know someone else who is, the FBI wants to hear from you: Contact your local FBI office (or toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI).

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1,076 comments

  1. Even though its obviously a scam, y’all sure sound as guilty as hell! lol!

  2. cover your webcam. burn linux tails on a dvd. run tails from the dvd. surf websites with some degree of privacy that you clearly cant get from a Mac or windows.

    https://tails.boum.org/

  3. Got the same sh.. today (31.07), 2700 to be send to

    16vnGSg85KY4d1M1zDTdv6Cm2TpptZZD57

    from Deon Nekrich

    Wish him diarrhea for the rest of his life 🙂

  4. Received JUL 30 at 9:43 a.m. w/ 2 days to respond.
    From Leonel Reheem aqvalentinxv@hotmail.com

    Transfer Amount: $2600
    Receiving Bitcoin Address: 158vew3qtn3*6JjfHXemhygbXzucFfZA6ra ( You need to Remove * from this string then copy and paste it)

  5. MONSIEUR THIERRY BOURGENOT

    Please find hereunder the e-mail I received yesterday from
    Oliver Torpey . Of course I will never pay even a nickel to this fucking bastard! The password he is talking about in his e-mail is only a part of an old password I used in order to access to a specific professional network.

    His e-mail:
    “Let’s get straight to the point. I’m aware — is your password. More to the point, I know your secret and I have proof of this. You don’t know me personally and no one hired me to investigate you.

    It is just your hard luck that I came across your misdemeanor. Actually, I actually setup a malware on the adult videos (porn material) and you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching video clips, your internet browser initiated functioning as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) having a keylogger which provided me accessibility to your display screen and web camera. Right after that, my software program obtained all of your contacts from your fb, as well as mailbox.

    Next, I gave in much more hours than I probably should have into your life and made a double screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing and second part displays the capture from your web cam (its you doing inappropriate things).

    Honestly, I am ready to forget about you and let you move on with your life. And I am going to give you 2 options that may accomplish that. Those two options are either to ignore this letter, or simply pay me $2600. Let’s explore those two options in details.

    Option One is to ignore this mail. Let us see what is going to happen if you take this path. I will definately send your video to your entire contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so on. It does not shield you from the humiliation your self will need to feel when relatives and buddies learn your unpleasant videos from me.

    Other Option is to make the payment of $2600. We’ll call this my “privacy tip”. I will explain what happens if you opt this choice. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll delete the video immediately. You go on with your life as if nothing like this ever occurred.

    Now you may be thinking, “Let me call cops”. Without a doubt, I’ve taken steps to ensure this message cannot be traced time for me and it won’t stay away from the evidence from destroying your daily life. I’m not planning to steal all your savings. I just want to be paid for efforts and time I put into investigating you. Let’s hope you have chosen to create pretty much everything vanish entirely and pay me my confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, type “how to buy bitcoins” in search engine)

    Amount to be paid: $2600
    Bitcoin Address to Send: 19GFthEDq2g*4HGwUdihBQBvdyH26X8JWUe (Remove * from this string and note it)

    Share with nobody what you will be transferring the bitcoin for or they may not provide it to you. The procedure to get bitcoins will take a short time so do not procrastinate.
    I have a specific pixel within this message, and right now I know that you have read this mail. You now have 1 day to make the payment. If I do not receive the BitCoins, I will send your video recording to all your contacts including relatives, co-workers, etc. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Having said that, if I do get paid, I will destroy the recording immediately. It is a non-negotiable offer, so kindly don’t waste my time & yours. Your time has started. You should be aware that my tracker is going to be recording what action you adopt after you’re done looking over this message. Honestly, Should you choose anything that you should not then I will share your videotape to your close relatives, co-workers before your deadline.”
    End of his e-mail.

  6. It was a LinkedIN Password from a 2012 breach.

  7. I got the exact same email yesterday and couldn’t sleep because of it! The password in the subject line is old but I do use that password on a crappy laptop that I do sometimes use to “have fun” so I really got freaked out that this is real. It’s amazing that the email made it past spam filters. So it’s NOT real right?!! It can’t be? Just checking!!

  8. The passwords are from LinkedIn, and LinkedIn sent the following message on June 6, 2012 referencing the breach:

    Dear Tom***,

    We recently became aware that some LinkedIn passwords were compromised and posted on a hacker website. We immediately launched an investigation and we have reason to believe that your password was included in the post.

    To the best of our knowledge, no email logins associated with the passwords have been published, nor have we received any verified reports of unauthorized access to any member’s account as a result of this event. While a small subset of the passwords was decoded and published, we do not believe yours was among them.

    The security of your account is very important to us at LinkedIn. As a precaution, we disabled your password, and advise you to take the following steps to reset it. If you reset your password in the last two days, there is no need for further action.

    1. Type http://www.linkedin.com/settings directly into your browser
    2. Type in your email address and press Sign In, no password necessary
    3. Follow the on-screen directions to reset your password

    Note: Do not reuse your old password when creating your new password.
    If you have been using your old LinkedIn password on other sites, we recommend that you change those passwords too. We appreciate your immediate attention to resetting your password and apologize for the inconvenience.

    Thank you,
    The LinkedIn Team

  9. Received this one….

    Have couple of questions for you Alan xxx, won’t take long, for you to go through and can certainly get your awareness. How would u truly feel whenever all your relatives or friends will witness you taking care of your own self? How would they really feel is the proper question here.

    You see exactly where I’m going with this one already? I’ve infected specific adult porn internet sites with a virus that takes all data from your machine and gets an easy access to it’s cams, and tons more. So today i have a video of u mastrubating and a video u wanked to, additionally all your personal contacts.

    This is ur work e-mail, that Ive found on ur computer btw.

    Oh yeah, I’ve additionally edited the video clip to fit on one tv screen, so it will be more comfortable to watch for anyone. Anyway- if u need me to erase all your contact info with the video clip, here is my btc payment address- 1EJuMM4R5nBdf3NMzbC2k8tGngfnRJBcrx

    make sure u won’t include no spaces or different symbols. U can easily get the info on the internet on the best way to use this payment method if you do not know how its done. 370 is the amount in Dollars i need to leave you on your own permanently.

    This message has undetectable tracking program within and i will know when you’ll open it, and from that moment on, you’ll receive 4 days, to make-up your mind.

    i guarantee that every single contact from ur list will see this footage, in case for some reason i will not see my cash.
    U can get in contact with ur localized authorities or anyone, i really doubt that it can help.

  10. Received on July 30, 2018

    Request:
    Transfer Amount: $ 2200
    Bitcoin Address to Send: 1NhphyWrLdt*kopk8H4fCK4fk8ZsbdNYH3C ( You need to Delete * from this string then note it)

  11. I received a message very similar to the ones previously mentioned also, is the protocol here to do nothing? any help appreciated thanks

    • Other than reset / change your password, do nothing else. Do not send them money.

      Make sure that you use a unique password for every website that you use. Using the same password at multiple sites is a recipe for trouble.

  12. I received two messages with this scam last week, both asking for $7000, the second one including a Bitcoin address. The password was the one I used for MySpace before their security breach in 2013 (I didn’t even remember I had a MySpace account).

  13. Yeah, I got my old LinkedIn password used as well from “Floyd Sugar” krwashleykez@hotmail.com

    Must think I’m a high roller – asked for $3,200

    “Amount to be sent: $ 3200
    Send To This Bitcoin Address: 1DNH*JNv6bTmxVo8cTPj8HXPJeLHMWnBgy4 (You need to Edit * from this address and note it carefully) “

  14. 1GkqvGk6rWTwW1EqJooyZeNjC2T7aDAPHW

    Asking for $2700 worth of BTC

    email scam with password

  15. I got the same email

    They are using my first name + my (old) LinkedIn password + email, so I’m sure it’s from that data breach from a few years ago. That particular email isn’t really being used anymore and that LinkedIn password was unique.
    wrang
    ——-
    Lets get straight to the point. Not a single person has compensated me to investigate you. You may not know me and you’re probably wondering why you are getting this mail?

    Well, I placed a software on the X video clips (porn) site and do you know what, you visited this website to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were viewing videos, your browser began functioning as a RDP that has a keylogger which provided me access to your display as well as web camera. Just after that, my software obtained your entire contacts from your Messenger, social networks, as well as emailaccount. And then I made a double video. First part shows the video you were watching (you’ve got a fine taste hahah), and second part shows the view of your web camera, yea its you.

    You have two options. Lets analyze each one of these choices in aspects:

    Very first option is to skip this e-mail. In that case, I will send your video clip to every bit of your contacts and also visualize regarding the shame you will get. Or if you are in a romance, just how it will affect?

    In the second place option will be to give me $6000. We are going to describe it as a donation. Subsequently, I most certainly will straightaway eliminate your videotape. You could go on with your daily routine like this never happened and you will never hear back again from me.

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

    BTC Address to send to: 16h8aAzSZkVS9SyueHL2w7LQqyxTJeRb1n
    [case-SENSITIVE copy and paste it]

    If you may be planning on going to the authorities, very well, this email cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my actions. I am just not trying to ask you for much, I would like to be compensated. You have one day to make the payment. I have a special pixel within this e-mail, and right now I know that you have read this email. If I do not receive the BitCoins, I definitely will send your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, colleagues, and many others. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I’ll erase the recording immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with Yeah and I will certainly send out your video recording to your 9 friends. This is the non-negotiable offer thus do not waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email message.

  16. I got the same email today. Screenshot it. Don’t click on these and educate your family and friends. Take a screenshot (make sure the password really is old) and share it to help others learn what to avoid and not to panic.

  17. I received a similar email today asking for 2250 in bitcoin. Unfortunately the password was from Linked In and several other (non porn) sites that I lazily have used it for. I was working from home today with no cover on my computer camera so it really spooked me, not that there was anything bad to see! Thanks to Kreb’s and my brother for sending me the link- I am much less anxious now. I will change to new passwords too!

  18. Also got a similar email today.

  19. This is part of the verbiage I received today

    Now you must be thinking, “I will complain to the police”. Without a doubt, I’ve taken steps to ensure this message cannot be tracked time for me and it will not prevent the evidence from destroying your daily life. I am not planning to steal all your savings. I am just looking to be compensated for my efforts I put into investigating you. Let’s hope you have chosen to create all of this go away and pay me my confidentiality fee. You will make the payment by Bitcoins (if you do not know this, type “how to buy bitcoins” on search engine)

    Amount to be paid: $ 2200
    Send To This Bitcoin Address: 17*8bbKLpiQxRxoEGChiUkd83bxBrVFFVnb ( You must Delete * from this address then note it)

  20. Got this yesterday from Marty Barker, .

    Amount to be sent: $2900
    Bitcoin Address to Send: 12DacM9z6Tq*HxN7U4XgBttRwoCvXXs8Sin ( You must Delete * from this address then copy and paste it carefully)

    Gave me a heart attack for 20 minutes because there was a time that the password he put in the subject line was my PW (or part of my PW) for practically everything– a much more innocent time. Once I googled to confirm what it was, I was tempted to write back to F with him (eg, asking if I could pay with bofa instead of bitcoin) but, besides not wanting to get into it with possible hackers, my guess is that they don’t even check these email addresses– they are just hoping the money shows up in the bitcoin wallets. Still, I’d be very interested to know if anyone has gotten into a dialogue stringing these fuckers along.

    • A few of my co-workers received this same email today (threat of sending non-existent sex video to all my contacts, request to pay $2950 to bitcoin address (1NJ5*vpm6ShrpPbFHgKJWKUuehXz8JcpatM). I’m SO hoping I get it as well because I am DEFINITELY going to F with them. Few things give me greater pleasure than stringing these losers along with the promise that I will pay them. I’ll report back to you if I get the chance!

      • There are a few sites out there that will let you sign up for mass amounts of Christian newsletters without verifying your email. Sign them up for like 90 newsletters.

  21. I got my version yesterday. It was a password that I used on sites where I thought it didn’t matter. In the time it took for me to scan my computer and change those passwords, I realized that the email is complete BS. It’s been reported to the IC3.gov site.

    Amount demanded: $ 2900
    Receiving Bitcoin Address: 1B6JsyAeWiu*k8TSAERrRHjNeSiFUWFMWuV ( You need to Edit * from this address then note it)

  22. Just so that some of the names of these people are out there.
    This is the one i got late last night at 22.30pm GMT. From a Sophia Liber

    I will cut to the chase. I know ********* is your pass word. More to the point, I do know about your secret and I’ve evidence of this. You do not know me and nobody hired me to examine you.

    It’s just your bad luck that I stumbled across your misdemeanor. Let me tell you, I setup a malware on the adult videos (sex sites) and you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were busy watching videos, your browser began functioning as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) with a keylogger which gave me access to your screen and webcam. Immediately after that, my software collected all of your contacts from your social networks, as well as mailbox.

    After that I gave in more hours than I probably should have exploring into your life and made a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were watching and other part displays the video from your web camera (its you doing dirty things).

    Frankly, I am ready to forget everything about you and allow you to move on with your regular life. And I am going to present you two options which will accomplish this. The two choices are to either ignore this letter, or simply pay me $2950. Let’s examine those 2 options in details.

    Option 1 is to ignore this e mail. You should know what is going to happen if you choose this path. I will certainly send your video recording to your entire contacts including friends and family, colleagues, and so on. It doesn’t protect you from the humiliation your household will face when friends and family uncover your sordid videos from me.

    Option 2 is to send me $2950. We’ll call this my “confidentiality charges”. Now let me tell you what will happen if you choose this option. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll delete the video immediately. You move on with your routine life that nothing ever occurred.

    At this point you may be thinking, “I will go to the cops”. Let me tell you, I’ve covered my steps to make sure that this message can’t be tracked returning to me and it will not stop the evidence from destroying your daily life. I’m not looking to dig a hole in your pocket. I am just looking to get paid for time I put into investigating you. Let’s assume you have chosen to make pretty much everything disappear and pay me the confidentiality fee. You will make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoins” in google)

    Amount to be sent: $2950
    Send To This Bitcoin Address: 1K*NJyHnbqgA5dW9aKQ4tRCatPpUenwsjww (You need to Delete * from this address and note it carefully)

    Expalin nobody what you will be utilizing the bitcoin for or they may not offer it to you. The task to obtain bitcoin will take a day or two so do not put it off.
    I’ve a unique pixel within this e-mail, and now I know that you have read through this email message. You have 1 day in order to make the payment. If I do not receive the Bitcoin, I will definately send out your video recording to all of your contacts including family members, colleagues, and so forth. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. However, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the recording immediately. It is a non negotiable one time offer, so do not waste my time and yours. The clock is ticking. Let me remind you, my malware will be tracking what action you are taking after you’re done looking over this email. Let me assure you that If you search anything inappropriate I will send out your sextape to your relatives, coworkers before your time finishes.

  23. complaining to IC3.gov site seems a waste. they want too much of my personal information for my liking.

  24. I got an email with a different wording.

    This is your badluck. I’m aware ********* is your pass word. Moreover, I know your secret and I’ve evidence of this. You don’t know me and no one employed me to investigate you.

    It is just your misfortune that I came across your blunder. Let me tell you, I setup a malware on the adult video clips (adult porn) and you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were busy watching video clips, your browser started out operating as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) with a key logger which gave me accessibility to your screen as well as cam. Right after that, my software program obtained your complete contacts from your messenger, facebook, and email.

    Next, I gave in much more hours than I should’ve investigating into your life and generated a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were watching and next part shows the recording of your web camera (its you doing nasty things).

    Honestly, I want to forget about you and let you move on with your daily life. And I am going to provide you 2 options that may make it happen. The above choices are to either ignore this letter, or perhaps pay me $ 2250. Let us understand those 2 options in more details.

    Option One is to ignore this message. You should know what will happen if you pick this option. I will certainly send out your video to your entire contacts including family members, co-workers, and so on. It doesn’t shield you from the humiliation you and your family will ought to face when friends uncover your unpleasant details from me.

    Option 2 is to make the payment of $ 2250. We’ll call it my “confidentiality tip”. Now lets see what will happen if you choose this option. Your secret remains your secret. I’ll erase the recording immediately. You keep your lifetime as if nothing ever happened.

    At this point you may be thinking, “I will call the cops”. Let me tell you, I’ve taken steps to ensure that this message can’t be tracked to me and yes it won’t steer clear of the evidence from destroying your lifetime. I am not seeking to steal all your savings. I just want to be compensated for my time I put into investigating you. Let’s assume you’ve decided to produce this all disappear completely and pay me my confidentiality fee. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know how, type “how to buy bitcoins” in google)

    Required Amount: $ 2250
    Send To This Bitcoin Address: 1ELF4yyK1nEfGdRyYmMjLUQL8eMBMfd3A7
    (It is case sensitive, so copy and paste it)

    Share with nobody what you will be sending the bitcoin for or they possibly will not provide it to you. The method to acquire bitcoin will take a short time so do not put it off.
    I’ve a specific pixel in this message, and at this moment I know that you’ve read through this email message. You now have two days to make the payment. If I do not receive the Bitcoins, I will definitely send out your video to your contacts including friends and family, colleagues, and so forth. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the proof immediately. It’s a non negotiable one time offer, thus do not waste my personal time & yours. Your time is running out. You should be aware that my tracker will be recording the actions you are taking after you’re done reading this message. Honestly, Should you anything that you should not I am going to share your sextape to your relatives, colleagues even before your your deadline.

  25. Hey, I got today a similar email. Unfortunately the password was still used and checked also https://haveibeenpwned.com/

    But why this emails are different in the wording / text?
    I have read all mails that have been posted here and none is exactly the same.

    Antone Edgar

    This is your badluck. I am aware XXX is your pass word. Moreover, I know your secret and I’ve proof of your secret. You don’t know me and no one hired me to investigate you.

    It’s just your bad luck that I discovered your misdemeanor. The truth is, I placed a malware on the adult videos (porn) and you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your browser initiated operating as a Rdp (Remote desktop) with a key logger which provided me accessibility to your display and web cam. Just after that, my software program gathered your complete contacts from your messenger, social networks, and mailbox.

    Next, I gave in more time than I should’ve exploring into your life and created a two view video. 1st part shows the recording you were viewing and other part displays the recording of your webcam (its you doing nasty things).

    Honestly, I am willing to forget all about you and let you move on with your life. And I am about to present you two options that may achieve that. Those two choices are to either ignore this letter, or simply just pay me $ 7000. Let’s investigate these two options in more detail.

    First Option is to ignore this e-mail. Let me tell you what will happen if you take this path. I will certainly send your video recording to all your contacts including members of your family, colleagues, and so on. It will not help you avoid the humiliation you and your family will face when relatives and buddies uncover your sordid details from me.

    Option 2 is to make the payment of $ 7000. We will call this my “confidentiality tip”. Now let me tell you what will happen if you opt this path. Your secret remains your secret. I’ll destroy the video immediately. You keep your daily life as if nothing like this ever happened.

    Now you may be thinking, “I should go to the cops”. Let me tell you, I’ve taken steps to make sure that this mail cannot be tracked to me and yes it won’t stay away from the evidence from destroying your life. I am not trying to dig a hole in your pocket. I am just looking to get paid for efforts and time I placed into investigating you. Let’s assume you have chosen to generate pretty much everything disappear and pay me my confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoins (if you don’t know how, search “how to buy bitcoins” on google)

    Amount to be paid: $ 7000
    Receiving Bitcoin Address: 1FVk2PoMJo3*rxqMgC2WS14T8YXZz9C2cZ9 (You need to Delete * from it then note it carefully)

    Expalin no one what you would be using the Bitcoins for or they might not sell it to you. The method to have bitcoins can take a short time so do not procrastinate.
    I’ve a unique pixel in this email message, and now I know that you’ve read through this e-mail. You now have 24 hours in order to make the payment. If I don’t get the Bitcoins, I will certainly send out your video recording to your entire contacts including friends and family, co-workers, and many others. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. However, if I do get paid, I’ll destroy the video immediately. It is a non-negotiable offer, so kindly don’t waste my time & yours. Your time is running out. Please note that, my software is going to be recording the actions you are taking when you’re done reading this letter. Frankly, If I see any wanna-be smart activity from your search history then I am going to send out your video to your members of your family, coworkers before your time ends.

  26. Got mine yesterday:

    From: Mervin Lindsey
    Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:48

    Let’s get straight to the point. I know that (old password) is your pass word. Most importantly, I know about your secret and I’ve evidence of it. You don’t know me personally and no one hired me to check out you.

    It is just your hard luck that I found your misadventures. Actually, I setup a malware on the adult vids (porn) and you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out functioning as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) having a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your display as well as cam. Just after that, my software program collected every one of your contacts from your facebook, as well as mailbox.

    After that I put in much more time than I probably should have investigating into your life and made a two view video. 1st part shows the video you were watching and second part displays the recording from your web cam (its you doing dirty things).

    Honestly, I am ready to forget everything about you and allow you to move on with your life. And I am going to offer you two options that can achieve that. Those two options are either to ignore this letter, or perhaps pay me $1000. Let’s explore above two options in details.

    Option One is to ignore this email. Let me tell you what will happen if you choose this path. I definitely will send out your video recording to all your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, and so on. It does not help you avoid the humiliation your family will must feel when family and friends discover your unpleasant videos from me.

    Second Option is to send me $1000. We’ll name this my “privacy tip”. Here is what will happen if you pick this path. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll delete the video immediately. You keep your routine life as if nothing like this ever happened.

    At this point you may be thinking, “I will call the cops”. Without a doubt, I’ve covered my steps in order that this email message can’t be traced returning to me and yes it won’t stop the evidence from destroying your daily life. I’m not looking to dig a hole in your pocket. I am just looking to be compensated for time I placed into investigating you. Let’s hope you decide to produce this all go away and pay me my confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know how, search “how to buy bitcoins” in google)

    Required Amount: $1000
    Bitcoin Address to Send: 1MFV*smFQBQpBcDPeuVSYesKYUWD3uoXxDy (You need to Remove * from this string and copy and paste it)

    Tell no-one what you should be utilizing the Bitcoins for or they may not sell it to you. The method to get bitcoins usually takes a short time so do not delay.
    I’ve a unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you’ve read this email. You have 1 day in order to make the payment. If I don’t receive the Bitcoin, I will definitely send out your video to your entire contacts including close relatives, coworkers, and so on. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. However, if I receive the payment, I will erase the video and all other proofs immediately. It is a non-negotiable one time offer, thus do not ruin my personal time and yours. Your time is running out. Let me tell you, my tracker is going to be recording what action you are taking after you’re done looking over this message. Let me assure you that If you try to act smart then I will share your video to your members of your family, colleagues before time finishes.

  27. Received the same today from Ronny Labs. Pretty sure nothing currently has the password mentioned, but I’m assuming the angle is to do nothing right?

  28. Got mine today from a Kenny McKeon. Wanted $3600. Tried to respond just to F with him but naturally email would not go through. Wanted to advise him I watch my porn on an iPad with a busted camera so he was SOL anyway.

  29. Just got this from Guy Darwin

    nd I have evidence of it. You don’t know me and nobody employed me to check out you.

    It is just your misfortune that I stumbled across your bad deeds. Well, I actually placed a malware on the adult vids (sexually graphic) and you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching video clips, your web browser started out operating as a Rdp (Remote desktop) with a keylogger which gave me access to your screen and also web camera. Immediately after that, my software collected all your contacts from your social networks, as well as e-mail.

    Next, I gave in more time than I probably should’ve looking into your life and made a double screen video. First part shows the recording you had been watching and 2nd part displays the capture of your webcam (its you doing dirty things).

    Frankly, I want to forget all information about you and allow you to move on with your regular life. And I am going to provide you 2 options that can accomplish that. These two choices are either to ignore this letter, or simply pay me $ 1000. Let’s understand those 2 options in more detail.

    First Option is to ignore this message. You should know what will happen if you opt this path. I will send out your video to all your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, etc. It won’t save you from the humiliation your self will have to feel when family and friends find out your dirty details from me.

    Second Option is to send me $ 1000. We will name this my “confidentiality fee”. Here is what will happen if you opt this choice. Your secret will remain your secret. I’ll delete the video immediately. You move on with your life as though nothing ever occurred.

    At this point you may be thinking, “I should call the cops”. Let me tell you, I have covered my steps in order that this e mail can’t be traced to me also it will not prevent the evidence from destroying your life. I am not looking to break your bank. I am just looking to be paid for my time I put into investigating you. Let’s hope you have chosen to generate pretty much everything disappear and pay me the confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know how, search “how to buy bitcoins” on google search)

    Transfer Amount: $ 1000
    Send To This Bitcoin Address: 1EYK*4axYTNv8T8Vd4g41GKMFm63RppUBAJ (You must Delete * from this address and copy and paste it carefully)

    Tell no one what you will use the Bitcoins for or they will often not provide it to you. The task to get bitcoins can take a day or two so do not procrastinate.
    I’ve a unique pixel within this mail, and right now I know that you have read this e mail. You have two days to make the payment. If I don’t get the Bitcoins, I definitely will send your video to all your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and many others. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nonetheless, if I receive the payment, I will destroy the video and all other proofs immediately. It is a non-negotiable offer, so kindly don’t ruin my time & yours. The clock is ticking. Let me tell you, my tracker will be tracking the actions you adopt when you’re done reading this email. Frankly, If you try to act smart then I’ll share your sextape to your family members, colleagues before time finishes.

  30. I live in Europe. An 10 year old password was used. The text is the same as yours. Obviously boilerplate. It mentions facebook as a source, which I avoid as the pest. It was sent to me on August 1. The sum demanded 2700 usd. Must have come from LinkedIn that I dont use anymore.

    Thanks for your website. Very useful.