This kind of activity has been around for years. But, there seems to be a pattern recently which is catching some people off guard.
Here is a typical email (some details removed) to illustrate what I mean.
It seems that, kaos607, is your password. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e-mail, right?
Actually, I setup a malware on the adult vids (porno) web-site and guess what, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out functioning as a RDP (Remote Desktop) having a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your screen and web cam. After that, my software program obtained all of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email.
What did I do?
I backuped phone. All the photo, video and contacts.
I created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you’ve got a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the recording of your web cam.
What exactly should you do?
Well, in my opinion, $800 is a fair price for our little secret. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
BTC Address: 18sYRandomLettersTKae
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)
You have one day in order to make the payment. (I’ve a unique pixel in this e mail, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email message). If I do not get the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so on. Having said that, if I receive the payment – I’ll destroy the video immediately. If you need evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send out your video recording to your 6 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, that being said don’t waste my personal time and yours by responding to this message.
Another variation makes the email look like it’s been sent from your own account. But, it hasn’t. It’s actually very easy to send an email to someone and make it look like it’s come from someone else. However, it will almost always end up in the spam folder.
So, what should you do if you receive one of these?
First of all, don’t panic. My personal email account received about 15 of these over the last couple of days and each one had the same content apart from their attempt to guess my password.
If the password IS one you’ve used then you should run a virus and malware scan of your computer. There’s always a chance they’ve managed to get your password through some malware that’s got installed. You MUST change your password immediately, too.
There is also a good chance they got your password from a list, probably sold by hackers some time ago, where sites or companies you’ve dealt with have had their data breached and the passwords stolen.
There is an excellent 3 minute video which explains it all at the BBC News website here.
These are scams set out to extort money from people and are carefully worded (not too carefully, there are some shocking typos) to make you think it’s all genuine.
If you have any doubts at all, get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to assist you.