October 21, 2018

Bitcoin Extortion Scam

Recently, I got this strange email to several unmonitored email address:

My nickname in darknet is ezechiel30. I'll begin by saying that I hacked this mailbox (please look on 'from' in your header) more than six months ago, through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time.

Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my virus intercepted all the caching data on your computer and automatically saved access for me.

I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history. Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos.

I was most struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit. You have a very wild imagination, I tell you!

During your pastime and entertainment there, I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching. Oh my god! You are so funny and excited!

I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right? If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $500 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.

Send the above amount on my bitcoin wallet: 1MN7A7QqQaAVoxV4zdjdrnEHXmjhzcQ4Bq As soon as the above amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted, I do not need it.

Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device. Also, I'll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!

Since reading this letter you have 48 hours! After your reading this message, I'll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter.

I hope I taught you a good lesson. Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don't enter your passwords anywhere! Good luck!

Several Notes About this Email

I got many copies of this email and the name of the person has been different, ewen76, ezechiel30 and ashby06 are just some of the names.

The email is very vague to what content they have.

They want me to send $500 to a bitcoin account, but not identify where the amount came from. So how would they know my email address so that the "data will be deleted?"

There's no way for them to track when the email was read since there's no tracking pixel in the email.

The email addresses that the email were sent to were setup for spam bait for "facebook surveys." I think that they are related to these survey scams where you have a chance to win a $1,000 Walmart Gift Card.

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