‘Hacker who cracked your email’ scam tries to blackmail you for Bitcoin

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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54 Responses

  1. lee says:

    I replied, I told them not to bother waiting and do their worst, does replying leave me open to any more attacks from these pricks?

  2. steve says:


    WOW!! Seems they are making GOOD money in that wallet from one example here!! 1.7 BTC – almost £10,000 at todays price from 21 poor people!!
    SOMETHING needs to be done!

  3. metheperve says:

    seems the wallet on this sample letter above has had 8 people fall for it!!


  4. metheperve says:

    I just had the same email making me panic at first then laugh as everyone knows what a pervert I am!!
    Nothing illegal but no one would be surprised so was gonna bite the bullet! In midst of trojan scan etc as it is scary and makes you think!!
    Glad things aren’t going to be posted to all my friends anyhow after seeing this and nice to know the scammer is not collecting much money from it. Use https://www.blockchain.com to search on the wallet address and you will be able to see any transactions coming or going for the history of the wallet!! GOTTA LOVE the blockchain eh!!?
    Any one with a wallet that has had BTC given to it?

  5. Anonymous says:

    You are an angel!

  6. Anonymous says:

    What if you can’t change your password?

    • Sean Doyle says:

      I would backup that email account and delete everything in it. Then I would stop using it… But do as you please. The reason for this is because your password was leaked so your account is vulnerable and a password that cannot be changed is not beneficial to the you.

  7. Jessica says:

    What if they actually have a password that you have used in the past? A password that no one could guess unless they actually intercepted it?

    • Sean Doyle says:

      Your password was not obtained by any means of hacking (or cracking) if you received this email message. Please be advised that this email message is simply a scam. The scammer uses information obtained after a breach occurred. Your information was leaked and acquired by the scammer. You can see which breach may have lead to your info being leaked on this website: https://haveibeenpwned.com/

      Please be aware that a scammer or hacker is not going to sign into thousands of email accounts at the same time in order to send them the same message. Targeted attacks are rare and unlikely in most scenarios. The purpose of the email scam is to scare people in order to get them to pay up, so don’t be scared and fall for it.

      Also, it’s been confirmed that a third-party email spoof service is being used to send email messages. Email messages like this have been sent out in the past. This is not uncommon at the moment. This is confirmed as a scam.

      Hope this helps.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I found in this thread https://botcrawl.com/your-secret-life-email-scam/ one comment saying anonymailer is what they use. I sent an email to myself from that site and it showed up in my Sent folder as well. I don’t know how or why, but it is.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What if this email is actually showing up in my Sent folder? How is that possible?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I noticed that the password they claimed to have stolen was all lowercase when in fact it had a few capitals. The only account that uses that password was super old that I don’t use their services anymore (optus). So it narrowed down where the “intercept” was. A lot of accounts that used it previously has been updated. It was a password I’ve used years and years ago. So I can tell this wasn’t a recent intercept. – Still concerning nonetheless.

  11. Anonymous says:

    has anybody already waited the 48 h through? the only fear that i have is that my device is gonna be blocked…porn is something everybody watches so i don’t like the idea but whatever…but i like my computer 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      oh and he’s getting cheaper, only wants 872$ from me lol

    • Anonymous says:

      I am cyber security and our organization has seen many of these. I tell our employees to just delete them. I do ask that they change their password if what is shown is the current password I am not sure how they get the password since I tried searching the address and got nothing. to be safe change the password but otherwise just delete it

    • Sean Doyle says:

      Yes. Similar email messages have been in circulation for quite a while. It is a scam.

  12. User_fromSpb says:

    Good day! Several people approached me with this problem. In addition to letters with a password from the mail, they also sent letters with passwords from logins to other services. I suppose that the computer still has a trojan that monitors keyboard input.

    • Sean Doyle says:

      That would have nothing to do with this email message because the information was acquired during a breach. You can search which breach your email info was leaked here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/

      • Anonymous says:

        but when I tried it I got nothing. I don’t believe their is a trojan because the password can be a personal password used with work email etc so not sure how that is obtained. Or only a portion of the password is shows. its weird none the less

        • Sean Doyle says:

          It was obtained during a breach. The breach may not have been listed or your information may not have been publicly leaked. There is not a trojan on your computer. This email message has been sent to a lot of people.

  13. gayle says:

    I received the exact hacker email mentioned. The hacker stated my correct password. When I tried to login to my email server I could not because the hacker changed the account manager password. But the hacker did not change my pop account password so that is why I continued to receive my emails uninterrupted. So theoretically the hacker could see all emails I sent and received. Of course I did not pay the ransom. The deadline is 48 hours and it’s been 24 hours. I will let you know if my computer blows up at deadline.

    • Sean Doyle says:

      Hello, this is just an extortion scam. The alleged hacker does not hack anyone’s account. Your password being changed has nothing to do with the email you received. Your computer will also be fine since this is only a scam designed to scare you into paying up.

    • Anonymous says:

      So…did your computer blow up? I’m interested to know.

      • Anonymous says:

        I would like to know as well, please respond or I will assume you are sitting on a pile of computer/office rubble

  14. Anonymous says:

    I can tell it’s a scam when your bitcoin address is the same as mine that I got and that a whole bunch of people got the email

  15. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much!

  16. Daniel says:

    Thank you very much for this post Sean. A fucking heart attack this morning was not the best breakfast.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Many thanks for this. I have to say it completely freaked me this morning! Mine must have been from the LinkedIn breach. The text in my email is word for word identical.

  18. Anonymous says:

    My account is from NEWSEAs
    Please note this site

  19. Anonymous says:

    Glad to know I am safe

  20. Anonymous says:


    but how can he send a mail with my mail address, passing my Spamfilter?
    IP address was from mazedonia.

    • Anonymous says:

      The password in the email to me was wrong.

    • Sean Doyle says:

      They use a third-party service. They are not actually using your own account to send you a message. They are sending this message to a lot of people. It would take a very long time to send a message to each person from their own accounts one at a time. If the password was incorrect it is likely that it was your previous password that they obtained during a breach somewhere or they simply messed up. They have been running this type of email campaign for a little while and sometimes the passwords are incorrect.

      • Anonymous says:

        Still how can you send the mail without the password.

        • Sean Doyle says:

          There are numerous services that allow someone to “email spoof.” Without getting into the details, it is very easily done and spammers utilize this tactic all the time.

      • Anonymous says:


        thank you for your answer. No, the pasword wasn‘t a previous password. I think they have messed up. 😀
        I checked mail address and password and I‘m not pwned.

  21. Anonymous says:

    thanks for that
    but how do they actually know the password ?

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