I received this extortion email.
I did not pay the extortion request.
I have reported it to the Police, and Canadian Fraud Agencies.
I did a quick search on Google, and there seems to be a few folks who have tried to get word out, since this started in late 2017… and if you got one, I suggest you calm down, and DO NOT PAY.
You can read the whole story here.
I am placing the text (which is quite graphic) here, as a hidden link, because I was not aware, and had not heard of this scam… likely because of the subject matter… but wanted to post a resource, that if anyone gets a similar email, they know the story behind the spam… and that (just like the Canada Revenue Agency scam) it is a numbers game, where the spammers throw this email at a LOT of targets, and even if only 1% pays off… it is probably a lot of money.
But, knowledge is power, and Scammers and Spammers Suck.
When I googled the text, I came up with a site in Great Britain who had posted the whole text, and because the text was EXACTLY the same, and several months before… I shifted my thinking from believing my computer had been compromised, to thinking it was a new version of an old scam, just fired at lots of business owners.
VEW: [firstname.lastname@example.org] 18-04-2018 05:52:38 Do not blame anyone for your mistakes
Tiсket Details: VEW-147-39514
Camera ready,Notification: 18-04-2018 05:52:38
Status: Waiting for Reply 56xuFaJy0A8f77wAnHmZkM5ZrM8Vy06Pu1_Priority: Normal
If u were more scrutiny while caress yourself, I wouldn’t worry you. I don’t think that playing with yourself is really bad, but when all your friends, relatives, сolleagues get video of it- it is undoubtedly [bad for you.
I placed virus on a porn site which you have visited. When the object tap on a play button, device begins recording the screen and all cameras on your device starts working.
Moreover, my program makes a remote desktop supplied with keylogger function from ur device , so I could collect all contacts from your e-mail, messengers and other social networks. I’m writing on dis e-mail because It’s your corporate address, so u should read it.
I think that 300 usd is pretty enough for this little misstep. I made a split screen video(records from screen (interesting category ) and camera ohh… its funny AF)
So its ur choice, if u want me to erase ur disgrace use my bitсoin wаllеt аddress- –REDACTED–
You have one day after opening my message, I put the special tracking pixel in it, so when you will open it I will see.If ya want me to share proofs with ya, reply on this letter and I will send my creation to five contacts that I’ve got from ur device.
P.S… You can try to complain to police, but I don’t think that they can help, the inquisition will last for one year- I’m from Estonia – so I dgf lmao