Email scams are becoming big business for cyber criminals and with the rise of anonymous currency such as bitcoin the bad guys often can’t be traced.

Extortion Phishing

Extortion phishing is the practice of obtaining something, money in particular, through force or threats via email.

In this instance the victim receives an email suggesting they have been recorded through their webcam whilst watching adult websites. The criminals behind this demands a ransom or else threatens to circulate the recording to their contacts (family, friends, colleagues etc).

Scare tactics are often used to threaten the user in the hope that they will hand over funds. Scammers scour the internet for email addresses and build up lists of potential targets before they begin trying to extort your hard earned cash. If you receive an email similar to the below please be aware this is a scam!

You received this message because someone requested an email subscription to a FeedBurner feed. If you did not make
this request, please ignore the rest of this message.

(Ps: do not ignore this message otherwise all your privacy will be totally

Hi, i guess you dont know me and you´re asking yourself why you´re
receiving this email, right?

I have put an malvware (virus) on a porn site (site with adult videos) and
you accessed it to have some fun (you know what i mean)

While you were watching the adult videos the system began to work as a RDP
(Remote Desktop) with a keylogger and i had access to device screen and
your camera.

After that my malvware collected all your messengers, emails and social
networks contacts.

Then what did i do? i just created an double screen video (the first part
is your screen record, the second part is the recording of your camera
(yes, record of yourself while watching the porn video, i must admit you
have a nice taste 🙂 )

I guess isnt good news, right?

But dont worry, there´s a way to fix all this mess. What you have to do is
just pay me U$360,00, this is a fair value to keep our little secret.
You will make this payment through Bitcoin (If you dont know how to do this
just search google “how to buy bitcoin” or “localbitcoins, its pretty easy
to buy it).
My Bitcoin address is: 14AXbqCfLBh6MQzbA6VB7aM49Rsq8GigT6

You have only 24 hours after reading this e-mail to send my payment (i have
set a pixel in this message and i will know the date and time you read it).

If you decide not to make my payment i will send your double-screen video
to all your contacts (yes this includes co-workers, friends, family, etc…)
and of course make the video public available on internet.

If i receive my payment all the material will be destroyed and you will
never hear from me again.

If you dont believe and want proof just reply to this email with “PROOF”
and i will send your video to 3 of your contacts.

This message was sent to you by FeedBurner (
You received this message because someone requested a subscription to the
If you received this in error, please disregard. Do not reply directly to
this email.

Can someone watch me through my webcam?

Yes, believe it or not! Some viruses are capable of viewing your webcam, recording your screen and listening to you through your computer microphone. However in this instance the above is a scam.

If you are concerned and want to ensure you are protected we would recommend the following:

  1. Purchase paid anti-virus

2. Get a webcam cover

3. Disable your microphone using these guides:

Windows 10 

Apple Mac

Have you been affected by this type of scam? Comment below to share your experiences with others.



Another is going around now FYI, almost identical to this one. Account is “1P8Mfus9XKrNWJMv8HxccchZgtRxERk9m3”.


I just received this email today. Thanks for confirming my thoughts about this and thanks for the tips.

Gigi Gerow

I received this today too
I knew it was a scam the minute I read it.
We need one of those smart ethical hackers to scam back at them.


I’ve just received the same email today. Bitcoin scam 1MHvjyHCTB4rZMDoLXTSeP6LkXi9xNAypT

Just me again

… And one more – 1MHvjyHCTB4rZMDoLXTSeP6LkXi9xNAypT.

Has anyone figured out the source yet?


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