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Sextortion Email SCAM

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 police@umbc.edu 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.