This message purports to be from a hacker who has infected your account and “exploited your email and system”.
Supposedly, the hacker used malware to create a compromising video of you as you visited an adult website. The hacker threatens to send the video to all of your contacts if you do not pay $1000 in Bitcoin within 2 days.
At first glance, it appears that the email was sent from your own email account. The sender claims that this is proof that your account has indeed been hacked.
However, the message is just a bluff designed to panic recipients into sending money to online criminals.
The sender has not hacked your account and has not created a compromising video of you. He or she has not collected any information about you and has no direct connection to you.
The supposed hacker has used a simple email spoofing trick to make it appear that the message was sent from your own account.
Fake sextortion scams like this one are now very common and take many forms. These scammers send vast numbers of identical emails to random email addresses all around the world in the hope that at least some recipients will be tricked into sending money.
Some versions use passwords stolen from old data breaches in an effort to make their false claims sound more believable.
If you receive one of these scam emails, do not reply or respond in any way. Just hit the delete key.
An example of the scam email:
I am a hacker who exploited your email and system a few months ago.
Do not try out to msg me or alternatively try to find me, in fact it’s not possible, considering that I forwarded you an email using YOUR account that I’ve hacked.
I created malware to the adult videos (porno) website and suppose that you have visited this site to have fun (you understand what I want to say).
While you have been taking a look at content, your internet browser began to act as a RDP (Remote Control) with a keylogger that provided me ability to access your desktop and web camera.
After that, my software programaquired all info.
You have put passwords on the web services you visited, I sniffed all of them.
Surely, it’s possible to modify each of them, or possibly already modified them.
Even so it does not matter, my malware renews needed data every 5 minutes.
What I have done?
I made a backup of every your system. Of all files and contact lists.
I have managed to create dual-screen movie. The 1st part shows the film you were watching (you have got an interesting preferences, ha-ha…), and the second part shows the tape from your own webcam.
What exactly should you do?
So, in my opinion, 1000 USD will be a inexpensive amount of money for this little riddle. You’ll make your payment by bitcoins (if you do not know this, go searching “how to buy bitcoin” in any search engine).
My bitcoin wallet address:
(It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it).
You will have only 2 days in order to make the payment. (I built in an unique pixel to this email, and right now I understand that you have read through this email).
To monitor the reading of a letter and the actions in it, I set up a Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Anything that is used for the authorities may also help us.)
In case I do not get bitcoins, I shall immediately give your video to each of your contacts, including relatives, colleagues, etcetera?