The "I know *" scam doing the rounds.

 

There is a popular and convincing email scam doing the rounds on the internet lately.

The scam comes via email and claims to have installed malicious software on your computer and recorded you while you were at a adult friendly website (porn site). The scammer even tries to reinforce their scam by providing the recipient their email address and password. The password is most likely an old one that the scammer has retrieved from publicly available lists of login credentials. To stop the scammer from releasing the video he/she wants money sent to them in the form of bitcoin.

A key takeaway from this to always be vigilant on emails that you recieve.

You can help secure yourself by using a password manager and have anti virus software also installed on your Mac or PC. Always use strong passwords and don’t reuse password at all.

You should test yourself and see how good your are at spotting suspicious emails. Sophos an antivirus provider has a great game to test your skills.

An example of the email from a scammer.

 I know * is one of your pass. Lets get directly to the point. Not one person has paid me to investigate you. You do not know me and you're most likely thinking why you're getting this email?

Well, i actually setup a malware on the X videos (porn material) web-site and guess what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were watching videos, your web browser initiated working as a Remote control Desktop that has a keylogger which gave me access to your screen as well as webcam. Just after that, my software program obtained your entire contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and email account. and then i created a double video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you've got a fine taste omg), and second part displays the view of your cam, yeah its u. 

You have 2 possibilities. Why dont we analyze the choices in details:
1st choice is to disregard this message. in this case, i am going to send your actual tape to all your your personal contacts and just imagine regarding the humiliation you can get. Do not forget should you be in an intimate relationship, exactly how it will affect?
Number two option will be to give me $968. Lets regard it as a donation. in this situation, i will instantly remove your video. You can go forward your way of life like this never occurred and you surely will never hear back again from me.
You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search for 'how to buy bitcoin' in Google).
BTC address to send to: 1EiJMyvw2NP6T6vyWQ81HgUfBUVT1mqZkM
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if you may be curious about going to the law enforcement, good, this e mail can not be traced back to me. I have taken care of my moves. i am not trying to ask you for money so much, i only want to be rewarded. unique if i don't receive the bitcoin, i will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, etc. Nevertheless, if i receive the payment, i'll erase the video right away. If you really want evidence, reply Yup then i definitely will send out your video to your 11 friends. it is a nonnegotiable offer and so don't waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email.

 
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