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Email sextortion scam

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Pager, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Pager

    Pager

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    Have not posted here for a while, but thought i would post this up, i dont think this has anything to do with ASF, but when i signed up a few years back i was using the password mentioned in the email (see below) used it on a few other forums/sites and some of them dont exist anymore, so odds on someone either sold all the details or security was low, you can check if your details may have fallen into the wrong hands at this site, amazing how many big sites have had data theft etc?

    https://haveibeenpwned.com/

    Initially it freaked me out a bit, but a bit of research on the internet and it seems its the latest scam, plus i dont visit porn sites!

    Details are sold on the dark web, and these emails are currently going out with demands for hush money, IGNORE if you receive.

    Here is the one i got........


    I'm going to cut to the chase. Isn't XXXXXXX your pass? You don't know me and nobody hired me to check out you.

    It's simply your hard luck that I came across your blunder. Well, I actually installed malware on adult videos (porno) & you accessed this infected site to experience fun (know what I mean?). While you were busy watching videos, your web browser began operating as a RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) with a key logger which provided me with access to your display screen and also your web camera. Immediately after that, my software collected your complete images, files and contacts from your social networks, and mailbox.

    After that I put in more time than I should have investigating into your personal life and created a two screen video. First part shows the video you were viewing and 2nd part displays the recording from your web cam (its you doing inappropriate things).

    Genuinely, I want to forget all about you and let you get on with your daily life. And I am going to present you (a way out|two options} that can make it happen. These two choices are either to turn a blind eye to this letter (not recommended), or simply just pay me $ 1700 to finish this mattter forever. Let’s understand above 2 options in depth.

    *Not Recommended* Alternative one is to ignore this e mail. You should know what will happen if you opt this path. I will certainly send out your video recording to all of your contacts including friends and family, colleagues, and so forth. It does not shield you from the humiliation your self will face when friends and family discover your sordid detailsin their inbox.
    *Recommended* Other Option is to send me $ 1700. We’ll call this my “confidentiality tip”. Lets discuss what will happen when you opt this choice. Your secret Will remain your secret. I will keep my mouth closed. Once you you pay me my fees, You can freely go on with your routine life and family as if nothing like this ever occurred.

    Let us assume you've decided finish this completely and send me the confidentiality fee. You'll make the payment via Bitcoins (if you don't know this, search "how to buy bitcoins" in google)
    Receiving BTC Address: 13c1JA4TgLGTUqwKPizgdykhxShc8pyc41
    Required Payment: $ 1700

    I know, now you may be contemplating, “Let me call cops”. Let me tell you, I've covered my steps to ensure that this email message can't be tracked time for me and yes it will not stay away from the evidence from destroying your lifetime. I am not trying to dig a hole in your pocket. I am just looking to be paid for my time I place into looking into you.

    You must not explain no person what will you be sending the Bitcoins for or they might not provide it to you. The procedure to have bitcoin will take a few days so do not procrastinate.


    I have a unique pixel within this mail, and now I know that you've read this e-mail. You now have 1 day to make the payment. If I don't get the BitCoins, I will definitely send out your video recording to all your contacts including friends and family, colleagues, and many others. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Having said that, if I do get paid, I'll destroy the recordings immediately. It is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not ruin my precious time.
     
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  3. basilio

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    Thanks for bringing up this topic Pager. I think most of us sail along generally hoping "all is wel" on the Net although trying to be careful in what we see and open. Until we or aclose friend gets hurt it all seems a bit academic.

    I started to read the scamsurvivors blog and it became pretty unnerving . In particular the realisation that there appears to be little/no formal processes for jumping onto scammers, fake websites or following up complaints. There is an article called Protection for Fraud ? which seems to sum it up.

    Fraudsters are protected on the net! Scary
     
  4. basilio

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    Final comment re Scam Survivors website.
    This is the URL. It is an excellent resource if you ar a friend is in trouble. Well worth noting.
    https://www.scamsurvivors.com/
     
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  5. Tisme

    Tisme Apathetic at Best

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    First rule = put tape on your camera lens and only facetime via your smart phone (preferably Apple).
    Second rule = never keep personal info on a computer that is net connected
    Third rule = don't panic
    Fourth rule = send an operating system spike back to the scammer
     
  6. jesser

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    I use my cameras a bit and prefer the sliding camera covers instead of tape. They cost less than a dollar each.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-web-cam-cover.html?groupsort=1&SortType=price_asc

    Also, disposable email addresses are great because you can block individual addresses if they become compromised, and you don't have to give out your real email address.

    https://dnt.abine.com
    https://www.soodonims.com/
    https://www.mailinator.com/ (for one-off use only)
    See also https://alternativeto.net/software/soodonims/
    etc.

    I also far too many passwords to remember, so I use a password manager. I'm extra paranoid and prefer to avoid the online ones like LastPass, so I use KeePass. Keep the database on a USB stick for further protection and back it up to second stick.
     
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    Jesser thank you for your tips. Great value.
    Cheers
     
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    Tisme Apathetic at Best

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    i had one of those ransom pages yesterday. Send a present back to the source.
     
  9. KevinB

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    I also have been getting this scam email.....one trick I use is Incredimail (its free) and you can bounce his email.....or any other emails you dont want. They receive a bounce as though the email address is no longer valid.
     
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