Another day, another extortionist scam.
As we’ve already said before, all recent scams delivered via email have one thing in common – they create a sense of fear and urgency in order to persuade the recipient to transfer a large sum of money in Bitcoin. The motivation for this is smartly created extortion based on alleged recordings of the recipient doing something shameful.
Scammers typically claim that they’ve previously installed spyware on the recipient’s system, and have a recording of them watching adult content. The latest scam we detected relies on the same approach. It uses the attention-grabbing subject line “ATTENTION! You are screwed now [email name]”, and it claims to have caught the recipient watching adult movies.
The scam message we obtained is signed by a “Rickie” but it may be signed with another name, and the details in the text may vary. If you look carefully, you will notice that some of the letters in a couple of specific words are written with a different font – this may have been done so that the scam email bypasses spam filters of email providers.
Here is the full text of the scam:
Do I have your attention?
You are really screwed now and you better read this… !
Your device was recently infected with a software I developed,
and now you have a problem you need to solve,
because it has gone too far..
You probably noticed your device is acting strangely lately.
That’s because you downloaded a nasty software I created
while you were browsing the Ƿornographic website…
The software automatically:
1) Started your Ƈamera and begun recoding you,
uploading the footage to my server…
2) Recording your device screen
3) Copied all your contact lists from mail program, facebook
and your device chain
4) Started logging what you write
The problem is that it has cought you while you have been
ʍasturbating.. and I didn’t plan to see that.. but I did.
I now have the [name].mp4 file with you
ʍasturbating to this hardcore stuff… ugly!! :(( 🤮
Let me get straight to the point.
If you do not do what I ask you now, I will upload this
ugly video file with you … and the stuff you were watching
to several video upload sites and I will send the links
to all your friends, family members and associates.
I am sure they will not like what they will see and I am
also sure you don’t want me to do that, right ?
So do you want me to uninstall the nasty software from
your device and stop recording you?
Do you want me to forget about this whole issue??
I think 2,000 USD is a fair price for my silence. I know you
can handle to send me this money – and it is enough for
me to get lost. So how do you send the cash?? Bitcoin.
I checked right now and 1 Bitcoin is worth 4,960 bucks.
Send exactly 0.403697 BTC to my Bitcoin wallet.
This is my Bitcoin wallet address:
If you do not know how to send cash using bitcoin,
type ‘how to buy bitcoin’ in google. There’s plenty
Ok.. so what if you decide not to pay ?
Well if you want to test my patience – go on.
I will destroy your social life, you can count on that.
You think that visiting Police is a good idea ? Nope.
I don’t live in your country and I know how to stay
Anonymous. I will send the compromising video to
everyone you know!
Just send me the 2,000 USD and we forget about
the whole thing. I have family to feed too.
Send 2,000 USD worth of bitcoin to this address:
to this address:
(copy and paste it – it’s cAsE sensitive)
After you send the money to my wallet (exact
amount!) – I will see it and I will remove the video
and deactivate the rec software.
I give you 5 days only to send the transfer..
The time starts ticking after you open this letter
(I included a pixel in this message and I will
know when you read it).
Don’t try to contact me – I am using an untracable
email to deliver this message to you.
I am waiting for your cash.
And don’t forget the shame if you ignore me.
Why did you receive the “ATTENTION! You are screwed now” scam email?
Perhaps you’re asking yourself this question, and there’s a reasonable explanation. Your email address may have been compromised in a data breach, and you can check it via the Have I been pwned service to make sure you’re safe. The website, created by privacy expert Troy Hunt, features lots of useful information and you can even subscribe to it to get notified if your email address gets compromised.
Note that if your email has not been compromised in a data breach, it still may have been harvested and included in spammers’ lists. Learn more aboutthe ways spammers get hold of email addresses.
And remember, however persuasive this email sounds, don’t fall for it because it is a scam.