2018 Scam Alert
Sextortion Email SCAM
There is a “sextortion” email traveling across the world, hitting millions of email boxes since early July 2018. “This new Bitcoin blackmail scam is circulating; this time based on passwords from website breaches. This extortion email is likely to be less effective than the paper letters because it’s full of obvious errors.” It begins with this statement (with misspellings included):
I do know, XXXXXX, is your password. You do not know me and you’re most likely wondering why you are getting this e-mail, right?
In fact, I actually placed a malware on the adult vids (porno) website and guess what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your browser began operating as an RDP (Remote control Desktop) having a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and also cam. Immediately after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email.
Writers have theorized that the outlook.com sender’s address is spoofed; this almost certainly didn’t pass through the outlook.com email system. Source: https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/a-second-bitcoin-blackmail-scam-based-on-hacked-password
Please let us know at email@example.com if you received an email like this. An internet search will show that this email has arrived in emails across the US and UK. A google search will show the many variations of the letter. Do NOT respond to the email- or send money via Bitcoin. It is likely that the subjects committing this fraud reside outside of the US jurisdiction.
On-Line Immigration SCAM
A re-occurring crime on UMBC’s campus is the “On-Line Immigration SCAM.” This can involve a telephone caller or an e-mail where the caller/ sender falsely identifies themselves as members of the United States Department of Homeland Security. It is so common; that the governmental agency has listed a section of their website for scams to avoid.
The student is ordered to send immediate payment through the use of a “Google,” Western Union, PayPal, or Green Dot payment cards. The scammers use these forms of payment as they do not force the scammer to reveal their true identity. They threaten to deport anyone who doesn’t cooperate.
Con artists are quite convincing; the term comes from the longer form: “Confidence Man” – someone skilled at gaining your confidence in them. They use nasty, foul language or threats and are unprofessional. This is NOT how the US Government acts.
- Do not forward, transfer, or “wire” money to the requestor.
- They demand immediate payment.
- The use unprofessional language, nasty or threatening words or actions. US government employees are instructed to perform their duties in a businesslike fashion. Suspect anyone who is un-businesslike.
- A contact email address that is not a primary domain. For example, US Government emails always use the domain: “.gov”
If you are a victim or suspect that a caller or e-mailer is committing a scam directed at you or another member of our campus community; Contact: Detective Chester Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
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