- An email scammer claims they paid hackers to access your email accounts, computer, and other devices.
- The scammer claims they have downloaded your personal data, as well as your internet browsing history and photos.
- The scammer claims to have recorded several videos of you during private and ‘intimate’ moments.
- The scammer demands $1450 USD in Bitcoin to have the videos and data deleted.
A sextortion email scam associated with wallet address 1C2ek9b57xdVY9rPUaUnczxN5vGjVS8EhA has been making the rounds. The message claims that the sender allegedly paid hackers to gain access to your email accounts and personal data including your browsing history and photos. In the fraudulent message, the scammer writes that they can access all of your email accounts, social network accounts, phone contacts, and chat history, and was additionally able to record videos and audio of you during private and intimate moments. The sender claims that if Bitcoin is not transferred to their digital wallet that they will release the videos to your friends, relatives, and colleagues.
If you still doubt my serious intentions, it only takes couple of mouse clicks to share your videos with your friends, relatives and even colleagues.
It is also not a problem for me to allow those videos for access of the public as well.
Furthermore, the email message may appear to be sent from your own email account in order to make the scam seem legitimate but this is just a trick. In reality, the scammer used an email spoofing service or tool in which they can make it appear as if their message is sent from any email address or even none.
The good thing so far is that no one has fallen for this scam. The associated address has transacted 0 times on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. It has received a total of 0.00000000 BCH ($0.00) and has sent a total of 0.00000000 BCH ($0.00).
If you received an email message like this you are not in immediate danger but it could mean that your data such as your email address was leaked online following a third-party data breach. Data breaches are becoming more common and information such as email addresses, full names, addresses, and telephone numbers are often leaked online in bulk where they are picked up by third-party scammers who use them in sextortion scams like these. In addition, these scams do not typically target an individual person, they target thousands of email accounts at once with the same messages.
To make sure your data is secure it is advised to change the password to your email account and other online accounts.
Here are some guidelines to follow when making a new password:
- Do not reuse the same password for multiple accounts. Use unique passwords wherever possible.
- Use strong passwords with numbers, letters, and special characters such as !@$#.
- Use two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security along with your password.
- Use a reputable password manager if you have trouble remembering multiple passwords.
Here’s an example of an email message:
You have outstanding debt.
Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you.
Around several months ago I have obtained access to your devices that you were using to browse internet.
Subsequently, I have proceeded with tracking down internet activities of yours.
Below, is the sequence of past events:
In the past, I have bought access from hackers to numerous email accounts (today, that is a very straightforward task that can be done online).
Clearly, I have effortlessly logged in to email account of yours (YourEmailAddress).
A week after that, I have managed to install Trojan virus to Operating Systems of all your devices that are used for email access.
Actually, that was quite simple (because you were clicking the links in inbox emails).
All smart things are quite straightforward. (^-^)
The software of mine allows me to access to all controllers in your devices, such as video camera, microphone and keyboard.
I have managed to download all your personal data, as well as web browsing history and photos to my servers.
I can access all messengers of yours, as well as emails, social networks, contacts list and even chat history.
My virus unceasingly refreshes its signatures (since it is driver-based), and hereby stays invisible for your antivirus.
So, by now you should already understand the reason why I remained unnoticed until this very moment…
While collecting your information, I have found out that you are also a huge fan of websites for adults.
You truly enjoy checking out porn websites and watching dirty videos, while having a lot of kinky fun.
I have recorded several kinky scenes of yours and montaged some videos, where you reach orgasms while passionately masturbating.
If you still doubt my serious intentions, it only takes couple mouse clicks to share your videos with your friends, relatives and even colleagues.
It is also not a problem for me to allow those vids for access of public as well.
I truly believe, you would not want this to occur, understanding how special are the videos you love watching, (you are clearly aware of that) all that stuff can result in a real disaster for you.
Let’s resolve it like this:
All you need is $1450 USD transfer to my account (bitcoin equivalent based on exchange rate during your transfer), and after the transaction is successful, I will proceed to delete all that kinky stuff without delay.
Afterwards, we can pretend that we have never met before. In addition, I assure you that all the harmful software will be deleted from all your devices. Be sure, I keep my promises.
That is quite a fair deal with a low price, bearing in mind that I have spent a lot of effort to go through your profile and traffic for a long period.
If you are unaware how to buy and send bitcoins – it can be easily fixed by searching all related information online.
Below is bitcoin wallet of mine: 1C2ek9b57xdVY9rPUaUnczxN5vGjVS8EhA
You are given not more than 48 hours after you have opened this email (2 days to be precise).
Below is the list of actions that you should not attempt doing:
Do not attempt to reply my email (the email in your inbox was created by me together with return address).
Do not attempt to call police or any other security services. Moreover, don’t even think to share this with friends of yours. Once I find that out (make no doubt about it, I can do that effortlessly, bearing in mind that I have full control over all your systems) – the video of yours will become available to public immediately.
Do not attempt to search for me – there is completely no point in that. All cryptocurrency transactions remain anonymous at all times.
Do not attempt reinstalling the OS on devices of yours or get rid of them. It is meaningless too, because all your videos are already available at remote servers.
Below is the list of things you don’t need to be concerned about:
That I will not receive the money you transferred.
– Don’t you worry, I can still track it, after the transaction is successfully completed, because I still monitor all your activities (trojan virus of mine includes a remote-control option, just like TeamViewer).
That I still will make your videos available to public after your money transfer is complete.
– Believe me, it is meaningless for me to keep on making your life complicated. If I indeed wanted to make it happen, it would happen long time ago!
Everything will be carried out based on fairness!
Before I forget…moving forward try not to get involved in this kind of situations anymore!
An advice from me – regularly change all the passwords to your accounts.