Shut Up And Dance: Scammers using hacked passwords to extort money

Below is the email I received yesterday. Posting here so hopefully others will google and find and know this is a scam. Do not pass go, do not transfer 200 bitcoin.

For those that have watched Black Mirror – this reminds me of this episode.

Let’s cut to the chase. I do know is your password. Most importantly, I do know about your secret and I have proof of this. You do not know me and nobody paid me to examine you.

It is just your misfortune that I discovered your misadventures. The truth is, I actually setup a malware on the adult vids (porno) and you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were busy watching video clips, your web browser initiated functioning as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) having a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen as well as webcam. Just after that, my software gathered your complete contacts from messenger, social networks, as well as mailbox.

After that I gave in more hours than I probably should have into your life and generated a double display video. 1st part displays the recording you had been viewing and second part shows the capture of your web cam (its you doing inappropriate things).

Frankly, I am ready to forget about you and allow you to move on with your regular life. And my goal is to offer you two options that can accomplish that. Those two choices are with the idea to ignore this letter, or perhaps pay me $2700. Let us explore these two options in details.

Option One is to ignore this e mail. Let us see what will happen if you take this path. I will certainly send out your video recording to your entire contacts including relatives, colleagues, etc. It does not shield you from the humiliation your family will feel when relatives and buddies uncover your sordid videos from me.

Option 2 is to send me $2700. We’ll call it my “privacy tip”. Let me tell you what happens if you choose this option. Your secret remains your secret. I’ll destroy the recording immediately. You keep your lifetime that nothing like this ever happened.

At this point you may be thinking, “Let me call cops”. Let me tell you, I have taken steps to ensure that this e mail can’t be traced returning to me and yes it will not stop the evidence from destroying your health. I’m not looking to steal all your savings. I am just looking to get compensated for efforts and time I put into investigating you. Let’s hope you’ve decided to produce all this disappear and pay me my confidentiality fee. You will make the payment by Bitcoins (if you don’t know how, search “how to buy bitcoins” in google)

Transfer Amount: $2700
Receiving Bitcoin Address: 1HbpwLWbk4a*WjTsB272WquDq1eRnoxsHaA ( You must Remove * from this string and note it carefully)

Share with nobody what will you use the bitcoin for or they will often not give it to you. The procedure to have bitcoin may take a couple of days so do not procrastinate.
I have a special pixel in this message, and at this moment I know that you’ve read through this email. You now have two days to make the payment. If I do not get the BitCoins, I will definitely send out your video to all your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so on. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the recording immediately. It is a non-negotiable one time offer, so do not waste my time and yours. The clock is ticking. Let me remind you, my software is going to be sharing the actions you take when you’re done reading this email. Let me assure you that If you do something suspicious I will send out your sextape to your friends and family, co-workers before time finishes.

I wonder how many fall for this scam. The password was a password I used, maybe 7 years ago on a site that got hacked, before I used a password manager and had unique passwords on every site.

My feeling is that reporting as SPAM or Phishing in gmail isn’t enough here. There should be some way to report this to a broader type of scam.

Thoughts?

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