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‘I Placed a Malware on the Porn Website’ Fake Blackmail Sextortion Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

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According to this email, the sender has loaded malware onto a porn website and then used it to record video of you when you visited the site.

The sender, who uses the name “Guthrey”,  also claims that the malware gave him access to your social media and email contacts.  He threatens to send the video to all of your contacts if you don’t pay him $1900 in Bitcoin within 24 hours.

To make his threats seem more plausible, Guthrey includes a password that may have been associated with your email account or another online account you own.

Guthrey claims that he will erase the compromising video as soon as he receives payment. He offers to prove that he really has the video by sending it to five of your friends.

The Email is Just a Bluff – There is No Video

However, Guthery has not installed malware on your computer and he has not captured compromising video of you. He simply hopes that you will believe his false claims and will thus be panicked into paying up.

In fact,  fake blackmail scams like this are very common.  The scammers who use this tactic send out hundreds of thousands of identical emails in the hope of tricking at least a few victims into paying up.

The crooks will make a decent profit even if only a small number of people fall for the trick and send the requested Bitcoin.

What About the Password the Scammer Sent?

As noted earlier, Guthery has attempted to add some plausibility to his claims by including a password associated with one of his recipient’s accounts.

When they see the password, recipients may assume that Guthery really has accessed their computer. However, that assumption is untrue. In fact, he most likely harvested these passwords from old data breaches. Many people have reported that the passwords in the scam emails are old and no longer in use. You can learn more about this password scam tactic in a separate Hoax-Slayer report here.

Do note, however, that if the email includes a password that is still valid, you should change it immediately. You can check if an account has been compromised in a data breach by entering the associated email address into Troy Hunt’s   “have i been pwned” service.

Just Hit ‘Delete’

There are many versions of this scam. All falsely claim that they have compromising video footage of you that they will send to your friends if you don’t pay up as instructed. Don’t be taken in. After all, if a “hacker” really did have such a video, all he or she would need to do to prove it would be to send you a copy.

If you get one of these scam emails, do not respond. Just delete it and get on with your day.

An example of the scam email:

Subject:[email address] : [old user password]

I know, [old user password], is your password. You don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?

Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.

What exactly did I do?

I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).

What should you do?

Well, I believe, $1900 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address:
bc1q267dywyf6lgaaz9x9r4ylsyqlej8ezhl8tk0zc
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Important:

You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.

Guthrey