Australians are being warned to watch out for a new sextortion scam email which claims to have video footage of you watching adult content on your computer.
In the scam email, the hackers declare that they’ve compromised your computer and used your built-in webcam to record the video.
They then threaten to release the vision to all of your social media and email contacts unless you make a payment using bitcoin.
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In a bid to make the scam sound more convincing, hackers are using victims’ real email passwords to make them think that the threat is real.
Police say that although the password may be familiar, the information may have resulted from being hacked in a website data breach and in most cases are old email passwords.
“However, seeing a familiar password can create a sense of panic or fear for the receiver,” police said in a statement.
Anyone who receives the scam email is being warned to delete it straight away.
“You should not respond in any way as this validates your email address for the scammer and could be on sold,” police warned.
“Should the receiver have any concerns, all account passwords should be updated immediately.”
An example of just one of the sextortion scam emails doing the rounds:
“I’m aware that (*****) is your password,” the email begins.
You don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?
Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.
What exactly did I do?
I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).
What should you do?
Well, I believe, $1400 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
BTC Address: 1Dvd7Wb72JBTbAcfTrxSJCZZuf4tsT
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)
You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.