Since 2018 a lot of people are receiving extortion email with claims of hacked webcams and computers. They all share the same characteristics (read more about the scam in this article). Without delivering any proof the alleged hackers want you to pay bitcoins. Don’t do it, 99.9% chance it’s a scam (read more on how to keep safe).
A real email example of this scam:
Subject: Security Alert. You account has been hacked. Password must be need changed.
As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your account: On moment of hack your account has password: ### your password ######
You say: this is the old password!
Or: I will change my password at any time!
Yes! You’re right!
But the fact is that when you change the password, my trojan always saves a new one!
I’ve been watching you for a few months now.
The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited.
If you are not familiar with this, I will explain.
Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.
This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.
I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence.
Why your antivirus did not detect malware?
Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.
I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.
With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks. I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.
If you want to prevent this, transfer the amount of $720 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).
My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1PNpAXTo6jh4V9dhXRvimNYqPYjvZEnQiu
After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.
I give you 48 hours to pay.
I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.
Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address.
I do not make any mistakes.
If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.