So many scammers, so little time. Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, not poorly-attempted extortion.
In case you were wondering what some of these scams look like – where an email is blasted out widely in the hopes that one or a few recipients believe it – I thought I’d share one with you from my databreaches.net inbox this morning. Note how good old “Scull Femia” just randomly mails people, hoping that at least one of them might think, “Hey, I did visit a porn site, so maybe my computer did get infected! Hmmm… maybe I should pay this total stranger $360.00 to protect myself from all my buddies finding out!”
Yeah. No. Read:
I hope you actually don’t mind my language sentence structure, considering that im from Philippines. I infected your machine with a trojan and im in possession of your personal information from your computer system.
It previously was set up on a mature site then you have selected the video clip, it, my application immediately gain access to your system.
Afterward, your camera captured you soloing, additionally i captured a video that you’ve seen.
Just after a little while furthermore, it picked up all of your social contacts. In case u would like me to clear off your everything i possess – send me 360 dollars in btc its a crypto. Its my btc account transfer address :
At this point you will have 27hrs. to produce a decision When i will receive the deal i will get rid of this movie and every little thing completely. In any other case, you should be certain that your evidence is going to be forwarded to all your buddies.
I was curious as to whether anyone had actually fallen for this ruse. Here’s a screenshot of the threat actor’s BTC wallet status as of this morning:
No luck so far, it seems. Perhaps someone should check it again in a few days to see if the criminal was successful at all.
Everybody has something to hide. If a criminal is lucky, their wording might strike a responsive chord with you and trigger fear that they have, indeed, found your secret. If you get one of these types of emails, take a breath. And don’t believe them unless they include very specific proof that you don’t have to click on any link or open any attachment to see. Do not click on links or open attachments to see alleged “proof,” as then you may wind up with malware on your device.