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This email, which was supposedly sent by a “hacker who has access to your operating system”, claims that your computer was infected with a “Trojan Virus” through an adult site that you visited.
The hacker claims that he/she used the dreaded Trojan Virus to create a video of you “satisfying yourself” while visiting the adult website. he claims that, with one click of the mouse, he/she can send this compromising video to all of your email and social media contacts.
The hacker threatens to go ahead and send the video if you do not pay $500 in cryptocurrency Bitcoin within 50 hours of opening the email.
However, the email is just a bluff. The “hacker” has not installed a “trojan virus” and he/she has not recorded compromising video of you. The sender hopes that at least a few recipients will be panicked into paying up.
The scammer did not make a compromising video of you and he/she has not harvested your contact list or installed malware on your computer. These scammers send out many thousands of identical emails in the hope of tricking at least some victims into paying up.
The scammer will make a good profit even if only a few people fall for the ruse and send money.
Keep in mind that some versions of these sextortion scams use a variety of tactics to make it more likely that recipients will take the claims seriously and pay up. Some include passwords taken from old data breaches. Others use a simple spoofing trick to make it appear that the email came from the victim’s own account.
There are many variations of this scam but they all use the same basic trick. They use outright lies in the hope of panicking recipients into complying with the scammer’s demands.
Of course, if scammers really had created a compromising video, they would most likely just send you a copy as a means of proving their claims.
If you receive one of these sextortion scam emails, do not reply. Just hit the delete key.
An example of the scam email:
Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.
With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks.
I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.
If you want to prevent this,
transfer the amount of $500 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).
My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 38ZmYWDXGuKX2Z3AW4L5iNEtaCBdUEh9SV
After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.
I give you 50 hours (more than 2 days) to pay.
I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.
Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address.
I do not make any mistakes.
If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!