Posted by: Just Systems Malvern | December 20, 2018

Blackmail Email Scams

We have noticed an increase in particularly nasty email scams recently which purport to have installed spyware or other malicious software on your PC or phone. For example something like:

Hi, my viсtim.
I write to yоu beсаuse I put a mаlwаre on the web раge with рorn
whiсh you hаvе visited.
My virus grаbbеd аll yоur рersоnal info аnd turned on your cаmerа
whiсh caрtured thе рrосess of your masturbation. I must admit you are
very pervert...
Just aftеr thаt the software copied your соntaсt lists.
I will delеtе the сomрrоmising videо аnd infо if yоu pаy me 750
GBP in bitсoin.

This is аddress for pаyment : 39mg9W19v7VRoEpdmdVvo8AiFHr2PzK9as

If you do not send the payment within 48 hours I will send this video to all
your friends and associates.
I know you live in United Kingdom.

Or perhaps:

#(!%
@)I backuped your phone!^
*&All photo, video, contacts and private record cams.^%
^)Read my offer in the attached PDF file(_
\+To track the reading of a message and the actions in it, I use the facebook pixel=^
 at this moment I know that you have read through this email message*+
()\=

These are just fake and should be ignored.
They may though have a piece of personal information in the email such as part or all of a phone number belonging to you or an old password. These have probably come from a previous leak of database data from a web site you may have used (e.g. LinkedIn). Still, do not panic. Just make sure you do not use this password currently for anything (i.e. change password on any sites that may use the old password).

So in summary: Any emails like these – just delete them.

More info here: https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/blackmail-emails/

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