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pdsterling
14 Aug 2018

I am so disappointed not to have received this threat. it would be interesting to ask for a URL to view the perceived threat, as, at my age, I get so little stimulation

Posted by:

Linda
14 Aug 2018

I received this email from two "different" people. Since I don't participate in these behaviors, I knew it was a scam immediately. Also, I have the webcam taped over. Scary stuff, though. My name was used, as well as a very, very old (not used now) password.

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Ralph
14 Aug 2018

I agree with the above comments. At my age, I get so little stimulation. Also my computer has no webcam and I do all my nefarious activities, such as they are, in the dark.

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Cynthia
14 Aug 2018

Where do these scammers get their mass e-mail addresses? I recently got a phishing scam from "Apple" that was very convincing until it asked for my social security number. Since I had done business with the computer company just two days before, I thought Apple should know what was happening.
Is it a form of hacking that allows them to get my e-mail address?

Posted by:

Ducklady
14 Aug 2018

This would be such a bust in our house. We both have exceedingly boring lives. Neither of us would be able to figure out how to obtain or send bitcoin. Neither of us would care what anyone sees because... we live very boring lives.

But I was hoping you'd share that video of yours with the class, Bob. {;>)

Posted by:

Dave
14 Aug 2018

I too received this email this morning. I must admit that my heart skipped a beat as I had been to a site a few hours earlier. (Strictly research you understand, and only for the articles) What upset me was that the scammer stated that he was sending it to my "Corporate" address so that I would be sure to read it. He was also tracking my viewing of the email through a "special tracking pixel". Your report was very timely and appreciated.

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enduro
14 Aug 2018

I got one of these about 3 weeks ago, and it was obviously fake as I don't have a webcam, among other things. The kicker was the password was one I used only for a Yahoo backup email account that I closed after Yahoo got hacked, and it never had any contacts in it. I put the headers (after opening the email in plain-text) into a couple of analyzer sites and that said the originating email came from Korea.

Posted by:

JC
14 Aug 2018

Yep, I got one too. Only it had my cell phone number. Laughed and marked as spam.

Posted by:

SharonH
14 Aug 2018

I do not own a webcam. Got one of these laughable blackmail communications. I agree with Bob that they do seem to have a password that was used in the past. In my case, they had combined my username and password (as only the password) I had used many years ago. How or why they obtained it I have no idea.

Gotta love those tracking pixels.

Posted by:

HA
14 Aug 2018

I got one of those emails last week and refused to pay up. Turns out it was real. I was fired from my job, my wife left me, and the rest of my family refuses to speak to me. I'm going to move to the mid-west and try to start my life over, this time with the webcam taped.

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Briansmac
14 Aug 2018

All of you that say you don't have a webcam, may have one and don't know it. The last few laptops I bought over the years all came with webcams built into the laptop screen without me even knowing it! I didn't order them that way, they were just there! Beware of that! So far, I haven't got any emails like that, but thinking maybe Yahoo spams them for me and I don't even know I got them!. :o :o :o

Posted by:

HA
14 Aug 2018

Not.

Posted by:

Gary Bergman
14 Aug 2018

I got one of these (exactly as described) the other day. Nothing in the scammer's email proved he knew any of my details but, I searched for "RDP hack" and found it's a real possibility. Coincidentally, the next day I was alerted by PayPal of an unauthorized $67 payment to My.com B.V. (disputed). I was up all night changing passwords. No unusual credit card activity (so far). I since turned off "remote assistance" in Win/7 Remote Settings.

Posted by:

Fred
14 Aug 2018

I'm confused. Why are you people (including you Bob ) even opening emails from obvious scammers and email addresses you don't know ?
This seems to fly in the face of most all warnings we regularly see on this site.

Posted by:

Liz
14 Aug 2018

Thanks for this. I got one exactly like it recently and, thanks to following a couple of good computer sites like this one for years, I had enough knowledge to realize immediately it was fake. The old pw I had used somewhere in the past was a puzzle, until one of the commenters here mentioned Yahoo. I'm pretty sure that's where that one came from. Haven't used that pw in years. Also I have several friends with yahoo email and have gotten other phishing/malware emails from them, so would never use yahoo email. I use an old 2007 monitor, no camera, not even HD! lol

Posted by:

j
14 Aug 2018

I think my first question would be: Does my butt look big??

Posted by:

Karan
14 Aug 2018

I received this email in late July .. it also included a still used, but very old password (most uses are for wholesale jewelry sites, though in the day, it was obviously used for a breached site). After my heart stopped pounding I thought, hey .. no way that's possible! And I agree, a real convincing version would have included the split video. I Googled it shortly after I got it and found $$ amounts significantly less than my $2,500. You mention $3,000, so I'm thinking they're starting to get fewer responses, better up the ante. Dastards.

Posted by:

Mark Madere
14 Aug 2018

I got a couple of these recently with some variation in each one. I forwarded the last one to spam@uce.gov. I haven't received another one since.

Posted by:

Ken Albrecht
14 Aug 2018

My wife got 1 2 months ago claiming she visited 1 p*rn site too many and please send $300 somewhere to get the incriminating evidence destroyed (ha!). The English instruction was laughable. Someone in China just learning slanglish making 6th grader demands. We listened, had a good laugh, dumped it.

Posted by:

TOM
14 Aug 2018

Thank`s for the info, it is very enlightening.I have never received such an e-mail,but now I know what to look for.Ounce again thank`s.

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