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‘Your Future Friend or Enemy’ Sextortion Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

This email, which claims to be from “your future friend or enemy”, claims that the sender has recorded video of you while you visited a porn website. Supposedly, the sender also hacked your phone and saved a full backup of its contents. 

The email warns that, if you do not give the sender $1000 in Bitcoin within 48 hours, a compromising split-screen video of you visiting the porn site will be sent to all of the contacts on your phone. According to the email, even telling the police  “will not save you from the ridicule of friends, colleagues and family”.

But in fact, the email is just a bluff designed to panic you into paying money to an online criminal.  The person who sent the email has not really created a compromising video of you nor has he or she hacked your phone and gathered all of your contacts. Such sextortion scam emails are increasingly common.

In this case, the scammer has rather lamely tried to make his or her warning sound more believable by claiming that the Facebook pixel is being used for email tracking.  Facebook does allow advertisers to use a tracking pixel to learn how website visitors interact with ads. However, a Facebook pixel would not normally be used to track an email in the way suggested in the scam message.

The scam messages are generic and are not targeted to individuals. They do not address you by name. Nor do they provide any details about the porn site you supposedly visited or when the alleged incident took place. These sextortion scammers send out thousands of identical emails in the hope of tricking just a few people into paying up.

Details in the scam messages vary considerably.  But, all of the messages claim that the sender has recorded the recipient visiting a porn site and will send the resulting video to the recipient’s friend if money is not sent.

Of course, if criminals had really harvested your contact list and recorded a compromising video as claimed, then they would almost certainly use at least some of this information to convince you that their threats were real.

If you receive one of these messages, just delete it. Do not reply to the scammers.  

Versions with user passwords

Some versions of the scam emails increase the chance that the claims will be taken seriously by including a password associated with one of the recipient’s accounts.  Because of the included password, even people who have not been to an adult website may believe that the scammer has accessed their computer or phone. The scammers are collecting these passwords and using an automated script to match the password with the associated email addresses from old data breaches. In many cases, the passwords in the emails are very old and no longer being used.

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

I discuss the password versions of these scams in more detail in a separate report. 

An example of the scam email

Hey. It’s me! Your future friend or enemy.
You do not know me and think why I received this letter.
I am sorry for my english, its not my native language.
I learn more machine language – code.I hack phones and save information from them.
I installed you a program with the functions of saving video and saving typing.When you visited the sites that interest me. (Sites containing porn.)
My program recorded video from your screen with simultaneous connection to your camera.
Saying thanks you to the phone manufacturers. This mode – Split Screen.Also, I saved a full backup of your phone, which contains all your files.
History of correspondence, browser history and all telephone contacts during the hacking.
Saying thanks you to the phone manufacturers. This mode – backup.At the moment the program is deactivated, and I am writing to you.You think what I should do. And, of course, you are furious.
You have to make a choice.
And remember. You make choice, what will happen next in your life.

1. You can delete and ignore this email. When I return, I will see that the letter is being viewed.
In this case, I will be able to share this personal record with your contacts.

To track the reading of a message and the actions in it, I use the facebook pixel.
Thanks to them. (Everything that is used for the authorities can help us.)
More you can find out by the link.
[link removed]

2. You can write to the police, and they will investigate the hacked ip and hacked mail.
In order to find me and protect you. I think time is too small for this, 48 hours before sending the files.
In this case, I will be able to share this personal record with your contacts.
The police will not save you from the ridicule of friends, colleagues and family. You want live with this?
In my practice, there were cases when people had to change the whole way of life and place of residence.
They wanted to pay, but it was too late. It’s time, and the files have been sent.

Everything that is downloaded on the Internet there and will remain forever.
More information you can find on request in Google
“Beyonce delete photo from internet”

3. I want to get paid for the work done. We all want our work to be paid.
(Even if it was not a wanted job.)
I want 1000 USD. In Bitcoin
My wallet BTC Address:

[Removed]

(CASE sensitive, copy and paste it carefully)

If you have any questions, you can write me. Email will be available for short-term support.
For payment after opening the letter 48 hours.

Pay me and you make new choice.
4. Receiving video only personally.
5. Delete all the data.

Time has begun.

$$@@@$$



Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer