Extortion in phishing email: Criminals demand 1,170 euros in bitcoins

CURRENT FRAUD ALERT

A phishing email from extortionists is currently circulating. They demand 1,170 euros in bitcoins from you for a dirty video. We reveal what to do now.

This extortion scam is well known. However, there are always victims. (Source: consumer center)

  • Cybercriminals send phishing emails with extortion letters.
  • 1,170 euros in Bitcoins are required or a dirty video of you will allegedly be published.
  • Do not act hastily and do not be intimidated.

Scammers don’t always bother to lure you to fake banking sites with phishing emails to get your money. Sometimes they use documented ransomware and ask you to pay directly. Such a scam is currently in circulation again.

The blackmailers claim that when you visit a pornographic site, your computer has been infected with a Trojan that cannot be detected by your antivirus program. Allegedly, the criminals watched you for months and had access to all your devices, including cameras and microphones.

The hackers allegedly have a video showing you masturbating. They threaten to publish your emails and chat history along with the recording. To avoid this, you should send 1,170 euros in Bitcoins to a specified wallet address within 50 hours.

Forwarding the message to others is pointless. As Consumer Advice correctly notes, scammers take advantage of your shame and trust you to take no risk and simply accept the payment.

You should not be intimidated by such writing. Even if it contains personal information such as your email address, phone number or address, it is a blatant attempt at fraud. Such a phishing email should end up in the spam folder without a response from you.

Simple signs: How to recognize every phishing email

A first indication that you have received a phishing email: the email will ask you to confirm personal data or enter it on a website. This You should not comply with the request under any circumstances. In addition, criminals often use the official logos of the companies they copy in their emails, but not official sender addresses.

If you find the sender suspicious, you should read the email twice. You will often find spelling mistakes or inconsistencies in German grammar. The attackers usually do not write their emails themselves, but instead use automatically generated messages or translate known emails with a translation program. But why all the effort?

What do criminals achieve with phishing attacks?

Phishing is used on the Internet to collect real user data. Money can be made from these if email addresses, names and other information are sold for advertising purposes or passed on in criminal forums. With the data obtained, cybercriminals can also address future phishing attacks in a more targeted manner, making their attacks more effective.

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Phishing checklist


  • Spelling error?

  • Requested for sensitive data?

  • Official logos?

  • Unknown sender?

Attachments and links contained in malicious emails also often inject malware or viruses into your computer. Additionally, you shouldn’t just ignore suspicious emails. Forward them to the email address above and help us report future phishing attacks.

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But phishing emails aren’t the only danger lurking on the Internet. In addition to scams, there are all kinds of viruses, trojans and malware that can infect your computer. Unfortunately, data scandals are also part of digital everyday life. You can see the five most recent articles on the subject of “Scam Alerts” below:

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