By Russ- IT Coordinator- Quogue Library
Beware the latest scam that is rearing its head once again... the Extortion Email. Today, a colleague received the email below (personal data removed to protect the person). This scammer was able to obtain passwords from a site on the "dark web". At one point one of the sites that my colleague visited was hacked into and login, email, and password information was stolen and then placed on the "dark web" for sale. This scammer then bought the list and has been trying to extort people. Here is what he wrote:
"I do know, XXXXXXXX (PASSWORD REMOVED FOR THIS ARTICLE), is your pass word.
I require your total attention for the the next 24 hrs, or I will make sure you that you live out of guilt for the rest of your life span.
Hello, you do not know me personally. But I know nearly anything regarding you. All of your facebook contact list, mobile phone contacts along with all the online activity in your computer from previous 181 days.
Including, your masturbation video, which brings me to the main reason why I 'm composing this mail to you.
Well the previous time you went to see the adult material webpages, my spyware ended up being triggered in your computer which ended up recording a beautiful video of your masturbation act simply by activating your cam.
(you got a seriously unusual preference by the way lmao)
I own the full recording. In the case you feel I 'm fooling around, just reply proof and I will be forwarding the particular recording randomly to 3 people you're friends with.
It could be your friends, co workers, boss, mother and father (I'm not sure! My system will randomly select the contact details).
Would you be able to gaze into anyone's eyes again after it? I question it...
Nonetheless, it does not have to be that path.
I want to make you a 1 time, no negotiable offer.
Get USD 2000 in bitcoin and send them to the below address:
ADDRESS WENT HERE… REMOVED SO THAT NO ONE CAN CONTACT THIS SPAMMER TO SEND MONEY
[case SENSITIVE so copy & paste it, and remove *** from it]
(If you don't understand how, google how to purchase bitcoin. Do not waste my precious time)
If you send this particular 'donation' (we will call this that?). Immediately after that, I will disappear for good . and never get in touch with you again. I will get rid of everything I have in relation to you. You may proceed living your regular day to day lifestyle with absolutely no concern.
You've got 24 hours in order to do so. Your time starts off as quickly you read through this email. I have got an special program code that will notify me once you read this mail so don't attempt to act smart. "
Let's examine the facts:
There was never any video taken of my colleague
He does NOT have the email addresses of any of my colleague's friends, relatives, co-workers, etc.
Notice the threatening nature of his writing.... it's to get the person to send the money.
He wants payment in Bitcoin.... this is the Internet Currency.
2000 Bitcoin is worth (at the time of the writing of this blog) $13,500 US Dollars! Quite a tidy sum!!
He does *NOT* have a "special program" that will notify him as to when you read the email.
What to do if you get one of these emails?
Report the email as "Spam". Most email programs will allow users to click a button to flag the email as spam.
BLOCK the email address.
Do *NOT* send any money!!!
If indeed the password that the perpetrator lists in the email is a correct one, then please go to all sites that use your password and CHANGE it!!!
REPORT the offender to the FBI. Visit the FBI page: https://www.fbi.gov/coronavirus and scroll about half way down and you will see information on how to report these types of Scams.