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STICKY Be aware of new sextortion scam
Discussion - started by nzpersonals, posted on 3-Nov-18 12:30PM
Recently, we've learned that a lot of us kiwis have been targeted by a new type of email scam (on gmail/hotmail/yahoo etc).

The email starts with the following lines:
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"Hello!
I'm a hacker who cracked your email and device a few months ago. You entered a password on one of the sites you visited, and I intercepted it. This is your password from [YourEmailAddress] on moment of hack: xxxxxxxx
Of course you can will change it, or already changed it. But it doesn't matter, my malware updated it every time."
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The emailer claims to have "installed a Trojan on your device", which is actually false.

They go on to write:
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"So, when you had fun on piquant sites (you know what I mean!) I made screenshot with using my program from your camera of yours device. After that, I combined them to the content of the currently viewed site."
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More false claims, and (I must admit) I had to look up the meaning of "piquant"

Reading further, they finally get to the point... demanding payment by bitcoin.
Who the hell understands bitcoins anyway?

Then we get to their warning:
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"Do not be silly!
Police or friends won't help you for sure"
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Are we shaking in our boots yet? Yeah nah.

And lastly, they offer us some genius advice...
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"p.s. I can give you advice for the future. Do not enter your passwords on unsafe sites."
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Sage advice indeed and please note, NZP is very safe

So there you go, watch out for this one, don't be fooled by this scam, they don't have any information on you, and you should definitely not pay them anything! Just mark those emails as "spam" and move on.

Play safe, stay safe

Showing comments 1 through 11 out of 11 comments

Comment #1 by Midnight-rideher in response to the main topic
Posted on 3-Nov-18 3:55PM
Thank you for the heads up
Comment #2 by RyanofOtaki in response to the main topic
Posted on 3-Nov-18 7:38PM
Y'know, I kind of admire a scam that straight up goes in the serious matter of "I'm a hacker." Beats the unorginality of all those Nigerian princes.

"So, when you had fun on piquant sites (you know what I mean!) I made screenshot with using my program from your camera of yours device. After that, I combined them to the content of the currently viewed site."

Basically the plot of a Black Mirror episode.
Comment #3 by rickyunder in response to the main topic
Posted on 4-Nov-18 8:48AM
Everybody at my office got this one... PMSL when i read the bit "I have taken control of your webcam and have photos of you touching your intimate places"...
Comment #4 by Joemann in response to the main topic
Posted on 4-Nov-18 10:38AM
I received a very similar email which was equally as hilarious, it was reasonably friendly in content even complementing me on my taste in porn.
These entrepreneurs claimed the same Trojan which had activated my web cam had also downloaded my contacts,from both email and social media , as a business model I thought it quite crude as they had very unrealistic time frames for payment , and expected return , combined with absolutely no understanding of their targeted market.
The kind offer to release the footage was almost believable as my computer has at times been known to suffer from a virtual equivalent of an std , who would have thought that possible? Just from watching porn.
Any way they didn't respond to my enthusiastic reply of accepting their kind offer to act as my initial unpaid publicists for my budding amateur porn career.
The disappointing aspect of it is I really didn't think anyone would of really paid any real attention to the alleged footage any way as its pretty well accepted by the people who know and love me that I do not accept or care about the judgment of others , and have a very cheerful disposition of go fuck yourself , and am quite ready and willing to ride that go fuck yourself hard and put it away wet .
Anyway that was my personal experience with these comedians but I could understand that some people live a more fragile life and they may well find this kind of thing quite traumatic.
Comment #5 by futuresissyforyou in response to the main topic
Posted on 22-May-20 1:42PM
Just want to point out if they really have footage of yourself in a compromising situation, then they'd send an image as proof.
Old passwords gathered via data dumps, this is usually.
Comment #6 by Davidbutler in response to Joemann ( view post )
Posted on 22-May-20 3:20PM
This post made me laugh.
I’ve had the scam come to me as well.
Replied with
“This sounds great! What if we download lots and lots of stuff and then sell it for a fortune, split the humongous profit 50/50 between us?”
And to end:
“Maybe we ought to get people on our side. We could offer them a free toaster”.

Strange...
Never heard back from them. Damn! And thus flies the golden goose.
Comment #7 by domseka in response to Davidbutler ( view post )
Posted on 22-May-20 5:11PM
yup,had this email before,...as said,just ignore ,.. ty
Posted on 22-May-20 5:54PM
By replying, all you have done is confirmed your email address is live. That makes your email a valuable item for sale to other scammers.
Posted on 22-May-20 6:28PM
Sent from a hotmail address.
Would NEVER use my real one
Posted on 23-May-20 12:16AM
Whats a webcam ? How do I know If I have one. .
Comment #11 by voyeurone in response to the main topic
Posted on 23-May-20 10:51AM
Thats an old one - been around for many, many years

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