“Porn viewers” are blackmailed by scammers

Scammers blackmail people into allegedly watching porn. In e-mails, they threaten to make video recordings of users public. atechbook has received an e-mail.

Pay money to blackmailers or they send a highly embarrassing webcam video to friends and family – this is the scam blackmailers use to try to pressure recipients into paying large amounts of money via email. Even if many people want to prevent such explosive video material from ending up with friends or family. The State Criminal Police Office of Lower Saxony warns against responding to the demands.

The blackmailers’ scam

Those affected receive the blackmail by e-mail. The computer is infected with malware. With it, the scammers have allegedly recorded how users watch pornographic films on the net. We also find such a mail in our spam folder:

They try to extort money by using scare tactics Photo: atechbook

Allegedly, a recording was made at the same time with the webcam built into the computer or laptop. The user can also be seen visiting a porn site. The blackmailers threaten the user to send the recorded video material to the contacts of the mail account or messenger services. The rip-off artists want 2000 US dollars to keep the secret – to be paid in Bitcoin.

As soon as the user opens this extortion mail, a 72-hour period allegedly starts by which the victim is supposed to pay an up to four-digit sum via Bitcoins. According to the blackmailers, if the victims do not pay the requested sum, the video will end up with friends, family members or even the employer.

Existing passwords and user names

Sometimes, the blackmailers would even use real existing usernames and passwords of the targeted people in their cover letter. “This is different from the previous mails, which were all impersonal and also had no evidence of such a video,” the Lower Saxony police website says.

What victims can do

If recipients recognize their passwords in such blackmail e-mails, they should change them at the corresponding online services. The LKA Lower Saxony also advises against paying the demands. If you follow the blackmailers’ instructions, you have to make the payment in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and the money is gone. Officials assume that there is nothing to the extortion letters. The LKA advises not to pay and instead refund and change one’s passwords. “If you have already fallen into the trap, we advise nerstattung with your local police,” the LKA said.

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Anyone who wants to make sure that they are not filmed in front of their computer can look in stores for special sliders to cover up the webcams built into many computers. An alternative, however, can be a piece of adhesive tape.