Sextortion Bitcoin Sex Scam Hits North America

Written by newmediamike

Topics: Blog, Editorial, RANT, Scams

Sextortion scam is now hitting North American in-boxes. The scam appears to be coming from the United Kingdom judging from Google search results for “sextortion scam” or Bitcoin sex scam. The top 10 results are all UK based news sites. When reading the articles, the average sextortion being asked for was around 1500 pounds in Bitcoins.

What is “sextortion’?

sextortion-scamFirst, what is sextortion?

According to that reliable source Wikipedia, Sextortion refers to a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favours from the victim. Social media and text messages are often the source of the sexual material and the threatened means of sharing it with others.

Sextortionists don’t just use sexual favours as their blackmail currency, they were demanding cash or iTunes cards payable at Western Union. Recently they have upped their game and now use bitcoin for their sex blackmail scam. As I mentioned earlier, in my research I found most articles were from UK sources and the average sextortion demand was about 1500 pounds. As the sextortion bitcoin sex scam hits North American in-boxes we are getting ripped off by the scam artists! Check out how much they wanted from me in this sextortion bitcoin scam email I received: (copied and pasted verbatim)

Sextortion Bitcoin Scam Email

Lets get directly to purpose. None has compensated me to investigate about you. You may not know me and you are most likely thinking why you’re getting this email?

Well, I setup a malware on the X video clips (sex sites) web site and guess what, you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing video clips, your web browser started functioning as a RDP with a keylogger which gave me access to your screen and cam. after that, my software program obtained your entire contacts from your Messenger, FB, and e-mail . Next I made a video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a fine taste omg), and 2nd part displays the view of your web camera, yea its you.

You do have 2 options. Let us analyze the choices in particulars:

First alternative is to ignore this email message. Then, I am going to send out your actual tape to all your your contacts and you can easily imagine about the humiliation you will definitely get. And as a consequence should you be in a romantic relationship, exactly how it will affect?

Number 2 alternative would be to give me $7000. I will name it as a donation. In this situation, I most certainly will instantaneously delete your video. You could go on everyday life like this never happened and you will not hear back again from me.

You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address to send to: 1NqEf5QPoFTiCSSoJxYpYwzGbtXr5Ee7Tv
[case-sensitive copy and paste it]

Should you are making plans for going to the law enforcement officials, very well, this email cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my actions. I am not trying to demand a lot, I simply want to be paid. You now have one day to pay. I’ve a special pixel in this e mail, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will send out your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so on. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the recording right away. If you really want proof, reply Yeah & I will certainly send out your video to your 10 contacts. This is a non:negotiable offer, therefore please do not waste my time & yours by replying to this email message.

Identifying the “sextortion” scam

First, the email address it was sent to is a dormant email address I have not used in years so the chances of my picking up malware from that address recently were nil.  There’s hole number one.

Hole number two is taking control of my camera. Unless they have figured out a way to see through the tape covering the camera, I’m not sure how they would have recorded me! So even before Googling “bitcoin sex scam” and sextortion scam with bitcoin, I knew it was a scam. But I did Google it and when I saw the results I knew for sure it was a scam and a laughable one too.

Scam artists aren’t wordsmiths. Every single example I found was identical to my email with little changes. The sex site I was supposed to have visited was the only thing that changed. In most of the scam emails, they were generic, my guy decided to be creative and pick a popular site.

Sextortion using a password

Another twist on this scam is sending you an email with a password in the subject line. I read about this variation while researching this post and then as luck or fate would have it … I received another sextortion demand. This time addressed to a different email address.

What caught my eye was this version came with what I recognized as an old password I stopped using five years ago. Five years ago I had to change that particular password after a security breach. Which is likely where the sextortion scam artist acquired my email address. Otherwise, the sextortion demand note is verbatim from the one I received the day before, save for one detail. This guy only wants $1,000.

Advice to Victims of the Sextortion Scam

Should you call the police? If you call, the police will likely advise you of course not to pay.

What if you fell for the scam? First, it happens, hopefully, you will share your experience in the comments. So you paid and the money was not collected cancel the payment. If you paid and the money was collected try and trace where the payment went. There is a good chance the scammers will hit you again as paying can lead to increasing demands for more money and sometimes images are shared even after the money is paid.

At all costs avoid more contact with the scammers. Be sure to grab screenshots of all emails, messages, etc. Deactivate your account without deleting it, this preserves evidence for police. Finally, it is recommended to use online reporting to report the issue so any video can be blocked and to alert if the video resurfaces. Delete nothing! Save everything as evidence even if it’s embarrassing.

Still worried about this sextortion scam?

Don’t be. These guys are playing a numbers game. I am writing this post because I received two in two days. I want to use my search marketing expert knowledge to educate people. I feel the need to educate because these sextortion scam artists using bitcoin are hoping that one in a thousand or more will fall for their scam. Don’t fall for their ruse. It’s all nonsense.

 

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