A new sextortion email campaign is underway that states a hacker infected the recipient’s computer while they were visiting an adult web site. The email goes on to say that this infection created a video using the computer’s webcam while they were on the site and will be sent to family and friends unless an extortion payment is made.
A sextortion scam is when scammers pretend to be hackers who have infected your computer with a virus that records videos of you while you are on adult web sites. They then threaten to send the video to all of your contacts and Facebook friends unless you send them a payment in bitcoin.
The reality is that this is a complete scam, you were not infected with a video recording infection from an adult site, and you should definitely not pay the extortion demand.
This particular sextortion campaign appears to have started today and uses an email subject of “This is my final warning” and states that the recipient has 72 hours to send a $2,000 payment in bitcoins or a video will be released to their family and friends.
Final Warning Sextortion Scam Email
The full text of this sextortion scam is displayed below.
FINAL WARNING [recipient_email_address]! You have the last chance to save your social life - I am not kidding!! I give you the last 72 hours to make the payment before I send the video with your masturbation to all your friends and associates. The last time you visited a erotic website with young Teens, you downloaded and installed the software I developed. My program has turned on your camera and recorded your act of Masturbation and the video you were masturbating to. My software also downloaded all your email contact lists and a list of your Facebook friends. I have both the '[recipient_email].mp4' with your masturbation and a file with all your contacts on my hard drive. You are very perverted! If you want me to delete both files and keep your secret, you must send me Bitcoin payment. I give you the last 72 hours. If you don't know how to send Bitcoins, search Google. Send 2000 USD to this Bitcoin address immediately: 3GrKu6euaMjz8FN9HZxgSxiZ7PtESKCPcu (copy and paste) 1 BTC = 3850 USD right now, so send exactly 0.521780 BTC to the address above. Do not try to cheat me! As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it. This Bitcoin address is linked to you only, so I will know if you sent the correct amount. When you pay in full, I will remove both files and deactivate my software. If you don't send the payment, I will send your masturbation video to ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your contact list I acquired. Here are the payment details again: Send 0.521780 BTC to this Bitcoin address: ---------------------------------------- 3GrKu6euaMjz8FN9HZxgSxiZ7PtESKCPcu ---------------------------------------- You can visit the police but nobody will help you. I know what I am doing. I don't live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous. Don't try to deceive me - I will know it immediately - my spy ware is recording all the websites you visit and all keys you press. If you do - I will send this ugly recording to everyone you know, including your family. Don't cheat me! Don't forget the shame and if you ignore this message your life will be ruined. I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment. Lavern Anonymous Hacker P.S. If you need more time to buy and send 0.521780 BTC, open your notepad and write '48h plz'. I will consider giving you another 48 hours before I release the vid, but only when I see you are really struggling to buy bitcoin.
Once again, If you receive these emails, simply delete them and get on with your day. As scary as they sound, they are nothing more than a scam.