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With the latest HSE cyberattack we have been warned that scams are most likely going to get worse and they have already started, We we be taking a closer look at that later plus the more common ones with couriers as I have just finished up on a series of such that takes a closer look and why this is happening and how to spot them straight away.

This scam is a new one on me though and rather worrying, we have seen this before but personally I have not got it until now and this was used in other instances to try get money from people,  This time around like the HSE attack they are seeking bitcoin for payment and a hefty sum of money but is there any guarantee if you did pay it you would be fine afterwards, the answer is simply NO.  This email is simply called sextortion or blackmail however it does not give you any option to respond to it or pay and after checking the bitcoin abuse database this does seem to be relatively new and the main thing to keep note of here is just ignore this and block the source and hand over nothing if you get anything like it and report to the Garda. Nothing has happened here in this case with all the options given to me. Furthermore evidence of this being a scam is the amount of spelling errors in the email which is pasted below.

email sample of sextortion blackmail and seeks bitcoin
email sample of sextortion blackmail and seeks bitcoin

Hi, stranger!

I hacked your device, because I sent you this message from your account.
If you have already changed your password, my malware will be intercepts it every time.

You may not know me, and you are most likely wondering why you are receiving this email, right?
In fact, I posted a malicious program on adults (pornography) of some websites, and you know that you visited these websites to enjoy
(you know what I mean).

While you were watching video clips,
my trojan started working as a RDP (remote desktop) with a keylogger that gave me access to your screen as well as a webcam.

Immediately after this, my program gathered all your contacts from messenger, social networks, and also by e-mail.

What I’ve done?
I made a double screen video.
The first part shows the video you watched (you have good taste, yes … but strange for me and other normal people),
and the second part shows the recording of your webcam.

What should you do?

Well, I think $900 (USD dollars) is a fair price for our little secret.
You will make a bitcoin payment (if you don’t know, look for “how to buy bitcoins” on Google).

BTC Address: 122F3j5EfUKnuKjFY54pCE43C793eVPSTY
(This is CASE sensitive, please copy and paste it)

Remarks:
You have 2 days (48 hours) to pay. (I have a special code, and at the moment I know that you have read this email).

If I don’t get bitcoins, I will send your video to all your contacts, including family members, colleagues, etc.
However, if I am paid, I will immediately destroy the video, and my trojan will be destruct someself.

If you want to get proof, answer “Yes!” and resend this letter to youself.
And I will definitely send your video to your any 19 contacts.

This is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not waste my personal and other people’s time by replying to this email.

Bye!

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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