Now this is something that’ll give you start and get your blood flowing.
There’s a lot of online scams and phishing schemes out there, but this one is one of the worst because of its effectiveness.
This “ransom scam” stands out because the scammers are able to use a piece of your legitimate information to make themselves look legitimate in return, and then bank on the hope that you’ve done some unsavory internet browsing they can pin on you.
In this particular real-life example, the scammer emailed me with my my email address in subject title along with a password I used to use for many accounts years ago.
Their having your password allows said scammers to better scare you into thinking they’re able to carry out their dastardly plans.
How do they get these passwords? You’ve probably read news stories where user data is compromised or a massive hack occurs (think of recent hacks of Facebook, Twitter, yahoo!, Sony, etc.). If you have signed up for an account with these services, a security breach could mean that your information (password included) was stolen (and often sold to third parties).
So, with a password I haven’t used for years, but that I used to use for everything up until 12 years ago or so, they were able to suck me in to at least reading their poorly worded ransom letter.
Unfortunately for them, the password is so old that it didn’t alarm me (I since use completely different passwords for every account I open), nor do I partake in any shady browsing online or use a webcam (I’ve never even joined a dating site!).
What saddens me though, is that older folks or people more inexperienced in the internet in general could be scared into paying an online ransom to such a scammer. My advice would be to always Google-search anything that looks like a scam (you can copy/paste entire paragraphs into a Google search and get results), which is what I did. I immediately found the exact scam being perpetrated on other internet users…and found that it’s quite common.
So, for the fun of it, below I have copied the email below so you can see for yourself what it looks like:
“Take a deep breath and start reading carefully do not overlook this e mail !!
It appears that, (), is your password. You might not know me and you are
most likely wondering why you are getting this e-mail, right?
actually, I setup a trojans on the adult videos (adult porn) web-site
and guess what happens, you visited this website to have fun (you know
very well what I mean). Whilst you were watching videos, your internet
browser started off operating like a RDP (Remote Access) which gave me
accessibility of your computer screen and web cam. and then, my computer
software obtained all of your contacts out of your Messenger, Outlook,
Facebook, as well as emails it created a backdoor so i utilized and down
loaded all of the data which includes all videos, images and files in
it and yes i’m still tracking your every single move…
What did I actually do?
I produced a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were
seeing (you’ve got a good taste haha . . .), and Second part shows the
recording of your web cam.
what exactly should you do?
Well, I think, $1200 is really a reasonable price for our little hidden
secret. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this,
search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
BTC Address: 1FCUwSdtCCN8YpcVvaZAo61K1fP1Wd
(It is case sensitive, so copy and paste it)
(for your information i ruined the life of last 3 persons failed to pay
to me , i made there videos public to famous porn web-sites which
include xvideos and others and send it to all of there family members ,
associates and co-workers etc, 2 of them did suicide as well and one got
divorced… clock is ticking….don’t ignore this as i m still tracking
You’ve 5 days to make the payment. (I’ve a special pixel within this e
mail, and at this moment I know that you’ve read through this email
message). If I do not get the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your
video recording to all of your contacts including family members,
coworkers, and so on. Having said that, if I get the payment, I’ll
destroy the recording immidiately. If you need evidence, reply with
“Yes!” and I will undoubtedly send your video recording to your 5
contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, that being said don’t waste my
personal time and yours by answering this message.?