New sextortion scam – They have your password! Cybercriminals are sending victims their own passwords to make them hand over Money – I’ve heard of this happening to a couple of friends now and I’ve seen some reports elsewhere so I thought that I would share it with you. As it does sound really scary!New sextortion scam – They have your password
You get an email with your Name and Password in the Subject line
Boom – Shock set in.
In this phishing scam, the scammers send you your own passwords and make you think that they have filmed you on your own webcam watching porn and goodness knows what else. The thing is you might think – well I’m okay I’ve not watched porn *cough* but the password IS yours, so it could still freak you out when they say if you don’t give them money they will actually forward the video of you on to all of your contacts.
The E-mail or Text message reads like this:
I know that XXXXXXX is your password. You don’t know me and you’re probably thinking why you are getting this mail, right?Well, I actually placed a malware on the adult video clips (porno) web site and guess what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean).
When you were watching videos, your web browser started working as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) that has a key logger which gave me access to your display and also web camera. Right after that, my software program collected all of your contacts from fb, as well as mailbox.
After that I gave in more hours than I should have digging into your life and generated a two view video. First part shows the recording you had been watching and 2nd part shows the recording from your web cam (its you doing nasty things).
Honestly, I am willing to forget all information about you and let you get on with your regular life. And my goal is to provide you two options that will make it happen. The two choices to either ignore this letter, or simply pay me $ 3200. Let us understand those two options in more details.
The scammers then give you options!
Option One is to ignore this message. You should know what will happen if you select this option. I will definitely send your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, and so forth. It does not help you avoid the humiliation your household will feel when friends and family learn your unpleasant videos from me.
Other Option is to make the payment of $2900 a fair price tag for our little secret – I will delete the video immediately. You continue on with your routine life as if nothing ever occurred.
Now you may be thinking, “I will go to the cops”. Let me tell you, I’ve covered my steps to ensure this mail can’t be traced to me and yes it won’t steer clear of the evidence from destroying your health. I am not trying to break your bank. I just want to be compensated for the time I placed into investigating you. Let’s assume you have chosen to create all of this disappear completely and pay me the confidentiality fee. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don’t know how, type “how to buy bitcoins” in search engine)
Required Amount: $2900
Receiving Bitcoin Address: XXXXXXXX
(It is CASE sensitive, so you should copy and paste it carefully)
“Important: You now have one day to make the payment. (I have a special pixel within this email message, and now I know that you have read this e mail). If I do not receive the BitCoins, I will definitely send out your video recording to all of your contacts including close relatives, co-workers, and many others. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the video immediately. If you need evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video to your 10 friends. It is a non-negotiable offer, therefore do not waste my time and yours by responding to this message.”
So if they don’t have a video of you – but this new sextortion scam – They have your password, how did they get it?
There has been so many data breaches over the last few years, is thought that these are old emails from then – so another reason to always change your passwords often – and have different passwords for each platform or service you sign into.
This is a new type of phishing scam email and I think we will be seeing this a lot more as they find other ways to scam or trick us into giving them money.
What should I do, if I get an email saying they have my password and a video of me?
My advice, right away before anything else – quickly change your passwords on anything that has that password – just in case. It’s worth doing anyway if this is a current password. And always. always always, have Two Factor Authentication
Do not send money – they don’t have a video of you – or your contact list they are just completely guessing. Hoax-slayer explains it here –
New sextortion scam – They have your password, did they have your password? – have you seen this email, please let us know.