Scam email

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I received what appears to be a scam email today.

I am aware athena is your password. Lets get straight to the purpose. You don't know me and you're probably wondering why you are getting this e-mail? Neither anyone has paid me to investigate you.

actually, I setup a malware on the xxx streaming (adult porn) site and do you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing video clips, your browser began working as a RDP with a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your display screen as well as cam. Just after that, my software collected all your contacts from your Messenger, FB, and e-mailaccount. And then I made a double-screen video. First part displays the video you were viewing (you've got a fine taste haha . . .), and next part displays the recording of your cam, yea it is you.

You got two different alternatives. Why dont we go through each of these choices in details:

Very first choice is to neglect this email message. In this situation, I will send your very own tape to every one of your contacts and then think about concerning the humiliation you feel. Keep in mind in case you are in an affair, precisely how it would affect?

Next choice is to compensate me $1000. We are going to call it a donation. In this situation, I most certainly will promptly eliminate your video recording. You can carry on with your way of life like this never happened and you will not hear back again from me.

You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google search engine).

BTC Address to send to: 1AXaFkzrHyFCsvDYAjcrXm6oKs1b2BaN5z
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If you are making plans for going to the police, surely, this email cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my steps. I am not attempting to charge a fee a huge amount, I wish to be compensated. You have one day in order to make the payment. I have a unique pixel within this email message, and at this moment I know that you have read this email message. If I don't get the BitCoins, I will definately send out your video to all of your contacts including close relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I'll destroy the recording right away. It's a non:negotiable offer so please do not waste my time & yours by responding to this e mail. If you need evidence, reply  Yeah and I will certainly send out your video to your 8 contacts.

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For one thing, I have never used the password "athena" and not have a seen a porn video in the last 15 years, needed to see what my clients are into and out of curiosity. I am not so worried about me but if my clients got this email (some of them do watch porn) I think that may get worried and even possibly pay it.

I would like to send them an alert to delete and ignore it if they should receive an email like this. Do you agree?
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Russ SuterSenior Software Developer
Honestly, I laughed when I read this. It's a blatant and not very good attempt at extortion. I think anyone else will recognize it for what it is right away. I don't think your clients will fall for it unless they really happen to be using the password "athena", visit porn websites regularly, and have exactly 8 contacts.

Whoever this guy is, he makes up for his complete stupidity by the size of his balls.

By the way, extortion is highly illegal. I'd report this to the FBI.
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Some of your clients might be so inclined to pay it for fear.  Not everyone is as smart or have the ability to understand that this is a SCAM.  My mother would pay for similar types of Scams.  Maybe not this one specifically.  She is elderly and has no inclination for this type of stuff.

But if they were to say she owes taxes, or some bad debt of some sort, or an infection has entered her computer and is tracking everything etc, she would most likely fall for it.  In fact she has at times and luckily my family members have been able to protect and stop her from paying.

So I would certainly say YES protect your clients.  Teach them about these and many more types of scams.

Some pertinent information that might help:

I think the last part is important:
5. Inform others by reporting scams when you see them. Internet criminals are continuously evolving their strategies and tactics; inform others and report scams

Reporting to BBB is optional.  It will help them keep up with scams and potentially help warn others.
WakeupSpecialist 1
At my previous company that I worked for, they taught us to be aware of scams and social engineering tactics by phone if we were to get anything like that.  

I am glad that this training was available for us.  I didn't necessarily need it, but some of my other co-workers were unaware of such things.


Thanks guys! I appreciate your information and will alert my clients. As most of them are seniors and have fallen for scams.
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Great. Always teach them!  Young or old.  Knowledge or not.  The threat is always changing.  And they get trickyer and better at filling people.  And even if they don't get better at it someone will fall for it.  And one less person who doesn't fall for it and has learned is less money in the pockets of these scammers.

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