[Caution] New Pornography scam demands BTC for ransom via email! Identify & protect yourself

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A new Pornography scam demands $2000 in BTC for ransom

As daily internet users, we come across a number of scam and fraud emails. Some of them are funny as hell and some even extremely creative. Here’s a new Pornography Scam that demands BTC as ransom. Such scams usually spread via email and this one uses the same tactics too.

E-mail Scam: I have a video of you masturbating! Pay me in BTC to keep your secret

That’s a pretty long name for a scam scheme. But, I believe that sums it up. We, at Techarim receive tons of spam emails and comments on a daily basis. We have learned to filter through them. Most of the spam comments and emails are about Online Casinos, Viagra, etc.

Today, I was surprised to see a message titled, Hi perv. I recorded you masturbating! I have captured ‘Admin.mp4’! Surprised, but not scared; curious though. Before I opened the email, I was saying to myself, “Let’s see what this idiot wants!”

Now, the problem here is, as people who have seen tons of these scam emails, we learn to ignore them. Or sometimes, waste their time by playing with them. But, there’s still a group of uninformed lot who fall for these scams. So, I hope this article gives them a better idea of these scams and how to deal with them.

Anyways, I have quoted the whole message here:-

THIS IS NOT A JOKE – I AM DEAD SERIOUS!

Hi perv,

The last time you visited a p0rnographic website with teens,
you downloaded and installed software I developed.

My program has turned on your camera and recorded
the process of your masturbation.

My software has also downloaded all your email contact lists
and a list of your friends on Facebook.

I have both the ‘Admin.mp4′ with your masturbation
as well as a file with all your contacts on my hard drive.

You are very perverted!

If you want me to delete both the files and keep the secret,
you must send me Bitcoin payment. I give you 72 hours for payment.

If you don’t know how to send Bitcoins, visit Google.

Send 2.000 USD to this Bitcoin address immediately:

369en73NahfLg4jdZP1AEByuTsWQtzrwQ5
(copy and paste)

1 BTC = 3,580 USD right now, so send exactly 0.565076 BTC
to the address provided above.

Do not try to cheat me!
As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it.

This Bitcoin address is linked to you only,
so I will know if you sent the correct amount.
When you pay in full, I will remove the files and deactivate my program.

If you don’t send the payment, I will send your masturbation video
to ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your contact list I hacked.

Here are the payment details again:

Send 0.565076 BTC to this Bitcoin address:

—————————————-
369en73NahfLg4jdZP1AEByuTsWQtzrwQ5
—————————————-

You саn visit police but nobody will help you. I know what I am doing.
I don’t live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous.

Don’t try to deceive me – I will know it immediately – my spy ware is
recording all the websites you visit and all keys you press.
If you do – I will send this ugly recording to everyone you know,
including your family.

Don’t cheat me! Don’t forget the shame and if you ignore this message your
life will be ruined.

I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment.

If you need more time to buy and send 0.565076 BTC,
open your notepad and write ’48h plz’.
I will consider giving you another 48 hours before I release the vid.

Anonymous Hacker

The first problem with his/her threats though is my Webcam. The ‘hacker’ (Sarcasm intended) claims that he activated my Webcam with a “software” he “developed.” It’s a miracle that his software suddenly made my Webcam a see-through Camera. LOL! I am saying this because I have stuck a tape onto my Webcam after a lot of the netizens suggested that.

Anyways, I had thought that I had seen the last of this efficient and infamous hacker! But, a few days later, I get this mail titled, This is my last warning admin@techarim.com!:-

LAST WARNING admin@techarim.com!

You have the last chance to save your social life – I am not kidding!!

I give you the last 72 hours to make the payment before I send
the video with your masturbation to all your friends and associates.

The last time you visited a erotic website with young Teens,
you downloaded and installed the software I developed.

My program has turned on your camera and recorded your act of
Masturbation and the video you were masturbating to.
My software also downloaded all your email contact lists
and a list of your Facebook friends.

I have both the ‘Admin.mp4′ with your masturbation
and a file with all your contacts on my hard drive.
You are very perverted!

If you want me to delete both files and keep your secret,
you must send me Bitcoin payment. I give you the last 72 hours.
If you don’t know how to send Bitcoins, visit Google.

Send 2000 USD to this Bitcoin address immediately:

38ZZKMS9q4o4Y1LyXew5GdMhgizYcPHqpX
(copy and paste)

1 BTC = 3470 USD right now, so send exactly 0.587281 BTC
to the address above.

Do not try to cheat me!
As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it.

This Bitcoin address is linked to you only,
so I will know if you sent the correct amount.
When you pay in full, I will remove both files and deactivate my software.

If you don’t send the payment, I will send your masturbation video
to ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your contact list I hacked.

Here are the payment details again:

Send 0.587281 BTC to this Bitcoin address:

—————————————-
38ZZKMS9q4o4Y1LyXew5GdMhgizYcPHqpX
—————————————-

You саn visit the police but nobody will help you.
I know what I am doing.
I don’t live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous.

Don’t try to deceive me – I will know it immediately – my spy ware is
recording all the websites you visit and all keys you press.
If you do – I will send this ugly recording to everyone you know,
including your family.

Don’t cheat me! Don’t forget the shame and if you ignore this message
your life will be ruined.

I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment.

Kristyn
Anonymous Hacker

P.S. If you need more time to buy and send 0.587281 BTC,
open your notepad and write ’48h plz’.
I will consider giving you another 48 hours before I release the vid,
but only when I really see you are struggling to buy bitcoin.

By now, I am literally laughing! But, not everyone who reads such emails understands it’s a scam. So, let’s get to the informative part.

How to identify an email scam/fraud in 2 steps?

Here, I have listed 2 simple steps identify an email scam/fraud. This just takes <5 minutes and could save you thousands of dollars. So, please read and share.

1. Google the scam email’s message

Try googling the first few words of the first line of the message. In this case, google “The last time you visited a p0rnographic website.” I am sure that in your search results, you will find many reports on BitcoinAbuse and other such websites.

This is proof enough that this is a scam and a total lie. But, let’s keep researching.

2. Check the email sender’s information

For this step again, you might need Google, our friend, our saviour! I see that the first email was sent from keira978@j.anonym0u5hacked.tk and the second one from kristyn-86@e.an0nym0us-hacked.ga. Both these emails come from sketchy domains, especially the free ones – .ga and .tk.

Understand that these domain names come for free. It’s easy and free to setup an email server on these domains. Here’s a piece of advice. If you ever receive messages from these types of domains asking for money or your Credit Card information, click on the Spam Button and never look back.

As said before, you may also google the email address to see if others have received emails from the same or similar senders.

How to protect yourself from email and internet Scam/Fraud?

Now, since you have learned how to identify an email scam, let’s see how you can protect yourself against such fraud schemes in the future.

1. Move to Gmail or other top email providers

Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Microsoft’s Email (Outlook, Hotmail, etc.) have some of the best spam protection systems. So, if you are using any other free email providers, make sure you have good spam protection. Or, move to a reputed email provider. I am 95% sure that such emails would go straight to Spam on Gmail.

Remember that even the best Internet Security software might not be able to detect such frauds in emails. Let me explain why. The scam email I have quoted above doesn’t contain a single link. Most Antivirus and Internet Security software due to privacy concerns can’t read into your email and can’t see the sender of the email.

Thus, most software based security can’t detect such scams. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to have such a software on your devices.

2. Tape your Webcam

I don’t use the Integrated Webcam on my Computer at all. If you are like me, it’s a good idea to stick a piece of tape to cover it up. In this example, there was no way the so-called hacker could have gained access to our Webcam. But, that might not always be true.

Doing this will make sure no one sees you when you don’t want them to.

3. Install Security software

At last, but not the least, this goes without saying. Beginner or an advanced user, it’s always safe to have some Security software. For an Internet Security suite, I suggest Bitdefender Internet Security and for Ransomware protection, install the free Cybereason Ransomware Protection.

Why these scams target Webmaster & Office emails?

Now, a majority of you who have come to this article, I am guessing are Webmasters or Office workers. And, I am guessing again that you got these fraud emails on your Webmaster and Office email address. For example, I got it on my email at admin@techarim.com.

So, why are these emails targeted instead of our personal emails? For one, such emails are more in the open than our personal ones. Moreover, most of us have a Contact form on our websites.

But, the main problem is the lousy spam protection on Web Mail clients. Most hosting providers have Webmail, Horde, etc. as webmail clients. These don’t have spam protection as good as Gmail. That brings me to the third reason why we are being targeted.

Most of us have our personal email on Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc. And, they would see through these scams in a second and send them to Spam.

Conclusion

I hope you liked this article. If you did, please comment and share. More importantly, stay safe while browsing the Internet. Internet is a good servant, but a bad master! Terrible analogy, but you get the idea! Subscribe to us for quick updates in the Technological world.

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  • Dude1
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    I really appreciate you posting this insight into the scams. I’ve received a few of these messages over the past few weeks, one in particular that gave me 72 hours to respond and pay via bitcoin. While my websurfing may not always be PG-rated, the thought that someone hacked my camera and watched me do anything is unnerving. I have Bitdefender and ran a scan on my system after getting the latest email and it detected a trojan in my system. I deleted it. Should I worry or be concerned that this supposed hacker (whose email to me looked EXACTLY like the 2 sent to you) got into my system?

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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      Hey dude,
      You have nothing to worry about. Just follow the steps above and you should be fine if something like this were to happen again. And, no, they can’t get into your system. That’s just a clever tactic to panic victims.

      Reply
  • Luc Barrett
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    Hey,
    Thanks for that article, I received exactly the same email at 7am this morning!

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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      I suppose you got it on your Website’s mail, right?

      Reply
  • emre
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    Very good informative thank you

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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      No mention required, Emre! Thanks a lot for your kind words. 🙂

      Reply
  • dan
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    Hi..
    Thanks for posting this.

    I received exactly the same emails, one last thursday and one today. It came via my website contact form.

    Should I bother reporting it?

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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      As suggested by Sim before, you may report it on an authoritative website like BitcoinAbuse, for example. Or, a similar website.

      Reply
  • M. Fahad
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    Hi 😀,

    I got the same email on 21JAN ON my BUSINESS email the SENDEE email was ending with .cf so It’s scams. I found the email on Spam box, I am using Zoho.

    Best thing is to siprit you tech life & your business tech on differents computers and phones do not use one for all.

    Thank you for this article very helpful.

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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      I am happy you found it useful. Do share it with your friends. 🙂

      Reply
  • Sim
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    – — – – ——— Click Spam, report and carry on your life ! – — – – ———
    since I also have a website, I usually receive spams on my webmail inbox.
    This is the first kind of spam I received today
    what made me strongly doubt it is the fact my webcam is always covered!
    Second, the same spam has been reported on Bitcoin’s website since 21/09/2019 , the exact date I received the email.
    If anyone reading my comment, go and report the bitcoin address included in the spam on their website:
    https://www.bitcoinabuse.com/
    – Mark the email as a spam!
    – Cover your webcam
    – Sign out from your social media accounts, emails when doing any private activity
    – Regular Clear your browse cookies and history, especially after any private activity

    My regards!

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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      Those additional steps make sense. I do recommend you clear browsing data from time to time, maybe use a software like CCleaner. I also recommend using Firefox’s official Facebook container addon.

      Reply
  • Tina
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    Thanks for posting this.. I received exactly the same email 3 days ago. I got it on my personal email (I am using Hotmail). I ran a scan on my system after getting the email and it detected a trojan and a backdoor in my system.. I have never covered up my webcam…I am worried my laptop has been hacked or infected

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
      ()

      Can you explain in detail as to what your Antivirus detected on your system? If you got the exact same mail, then I don’t see why you should be worrying. These scammers have an email template and send it to multiple people just changing their name/email. And, they claim to have attacked people who had their webcams taped. That enough is fact that these so called hackers have nothing against their victims.

      So, don’t worry. Though, do let me know what was the exact virus that your security software detected. BTW, do you use pirated products on your PC? Security software might flag the Keygen and crack files as Trojan too.

      Reply
      • tina
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        Well..one of the viruses was something with trojan and the other was with backdoor
        I’ve been using Windows on my Mac with Boot Camp

      • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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        Can you check if your Antivirus details as to what program installed the Backdoor, the location of it, etc.? Anyways, I am very sure that this email hacker doesn’t have access to your Windows installation. I am curious though and for your security, I am inquiring about the Backdoor.

      • TIna
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        I used Windows Defender.
        I removed the backdoor..Is there way to find
        the location of it even after it’s removed? 🙁

      • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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        Are you sure you removed it? Or, did you quarantine it? If quarantined, you can check the Defender history. If removed, I am not sure if Defender keeps logs.

  • Satyam Kumar
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    Bro I Also Recieved Same Mail..On Support@KatiharHost.Com….And 1st they send THIS IS NOT A JOKE – I AM DEAD SERIOUS! this email and again they send waring message today that you have only 72hrs left to save your social life…i scan my full pc from 4 antivirus and no threats found…i also taped my phone and laptop camera…what can i do…??

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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      Nothing more to be done, Satyam. Do not panic! That’s the best thing you can do. If you receive such emails in the future follow the steps I have mentioned in the article.
      But, first of all, avoid panic at all costs. You should be fine. 🙂

      Reply
  • Bern
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    Thanks so much for the information. I received exactly the same two emails to my personal account… Caught me totally off guard as in 15 years with this domain and email address I have never seen anything like this. I run Mac’s (OS X) and hand never been real concerned about anyone gaining access to my MacBook, but this one got into my head because if anyone got hold of my contact list, I could not imagine the damage that could be done regardless of what was shared, or made up! Subsequent scans of my system with Malwarebytes showed it was clean.

    I am now 48 hours into my second 72 hour warning! I’m curious what happens after this time runs out? Are there subsequent threats or do they give up?

    Reply
    • Vishnu Hari Kumar
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      Glad I was able to help. As for followups, my 72 hours have passed and I haven’t received subsequent threats. Upon checking their BTC address, it doesn’t seem like anyone has fallen for their silly tricks.
      And, you don’t have to worry about it. Just send these emails to spam.

      Reply
  • Mike
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    I got my first scam email like this back before christmas. I posted it on facebook as a warning and told everyone that my christmas shopping was now done. I hoped they enjoyed the video! 😀

    Reply

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