Sigh…. Another Extortion Phishing #Scam Hits My Inbox

I Guess that the scumbags behind extortion phishing emails must really be bored as they are all coming out of the woodwork with new scams to separate you from your money. I have now come across a third variant of this scam thanks to a reader of this blog that I would like to share with you and then tell you why it is a scam:

Greetings!

I have to share bad news with you.
Approximately few months ago I have gained access to your devices, which you use for internet browsing.
After that, I have started tracking your internet activities.

Here is the sequence of events: 
Some time ago I have purchased access to email accounts from hackers (nowadays, it is quite simple to purchase such thing online).
Obviously, I have easily managed to log in to your email account (EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED).

One week later, I have already installed Trojan virus to Operating Systems of all the devices that you use to access your email.
In fact, it was not really hard at all (since you were following the links from your inbox emails).
All ingenious is simple. 😉

This software provides me with access to all the controllers of your devices (e.g., your microphone, video camera and keyboard).
I have downloaded all your information, data, photos, web browsing history to my servers.
I have access to all your messengers, social networks, emails, chat history and contacts list.
My virus continuously refreshes the signatures (it is driver-based), and hence remains invisible for antivirus software.

Likewise, I guess by now you understand why I have stayed undetected until this letter…

While gathering information about you, I have discovered that you are a big fan of adult websites.
You really love visiting porn websites and watching exciting videos, while enduring an enormous amount of pleasure.
Well, I have managed to record a number of your dirty scenes and montaged a few videos, which show the way you masturbate and reach orgasms.

If you have doubts, I can make a few clicks of my mouse and all your videos will be shared to your friends, colleagues and relatives.
I have also no issue at all to make them available for public access.
I guess, you really don’t want that to happen, considering the specificity of the videos you like to watch, (you perfectly know what I mean) it will cause a true catastrophe for you.

Let’s settle it this way:
You transfer $1650 USD to me (in bitcoin equivalent according to the exchange rate at the moment of funds transfer), and once the transfer is received, I will delete all this dirty stuff right away.
After that we will forget about each other. I also promise to deactivate and delete all the harmful software from your devices. Trust me, I keep my word.

This is a fair deal and the price is quite low, considering that I have been checking out your profile and traffic for some time by now.
In case, if you don’t know how to purchase and transfer the bitcoins – you can use any modern search engine.

Here is my bitcoin wallet: [BITCOIN WALLET ADDRESS REDACTED]

You have less than 48 hours from the moment you opened this email (precisely 2 days).

Things you need to avoid from doing:
*Do not reply me (I have created this email inside your inbox and generated the return address).
*Do not try to contact police and other security services. In addition, forget about telling this to you friends. If I discover that (as you can see, it is really not so hard, considering that I control all your systems) – your video will be shared to public right away. 
*Don’t try to find me – it is absolutely pointless. All the cryptocurrency transactions are anonymous.
*Don’t try to reinstall the OS on your devices or throw them away. It is pointless as well, since all the videos have already been saved at remote servers.

Things you don’t need to worry about:
*That I won’t be able to receive your funds transfer.
– Don’t worry, I will see it right away, once you complete the transfer, since I continuously track all your activities (my trojan virus has got a remote-control feature, something like TeamViewer).
*That I will share your videos anyway after you complete the funds transfer.
– Trust me, I have no point to continue creating troubles in your life. If I really wanted that, I would do it long time ago! 

Everything will be done in a fair manner!

One more thing… Don’t get caught in similar kind of situations anymore in future!
My advice – keep changing all your passwords on a frequent basis

So let’s unpack this. This guy seems to be less able to execute this scam well as unlike previous variants that I have seen, he has not spoofed your email address to get your attention. He simply pastes it in. Which implies that this is a form letter of some sort with a list of email addresses that just get fed into it hoping that someone who isn’t technically savvy will fall for it.

What a loser.

And judging from the fact that when I checked his Bitcoin wallet, there were no deposits in it, it either means that nobody has fallen for this scam. Or nobody has fallen for it yet. Seeing as you’re reading this, you won’t be falling for this scam.

Other things that I would like to point are the usual items that are part and parcel of these scams:

  • This email also says that the so called hacker installed the “trojan virus” on your computer which is a piece of software that can download your data, log your keystrokes and control your webcam and microphone. Now this software does exist. But if you have up to date and functional anti-virus software, it should be able to deal with it. And if you want a bit of extra security, cover up your webcam with a piece of tape. The scammer’s talk about changing signatures of his software to evade detection is BS by the way. If he could do that, he’d be working for some nation state launching targeted spyware and ransomware attacks rather than doing scams on individuals.
  • The scammer wants you to pay him via Bitcoin and he even says that “All the cryptocurrency transactions are anonymous. Which means that there’s no way for the scammer to know that you’ve paid him which means that there’s no way for him to delete the data that they allegedly have on you.
  • The English used in this phishing email is not that good.
  • It tries to play on your fears of being outed for watching porn and “pleasuring” yourself. In fact, this one really plays heavily on that. Even going as far as not to tell your friends or law enforcement.

The bottom line is that this guy has created a scam that isn’t all that good and is likely to convince few people to hand over their cash. But since the number of people who could fall for this is not zero, I’m putting this out there so that the number gets closer to zero.

Stay safe out there.

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