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?
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!