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Don’t Get Fooled of Scam Email Claiming You Were Recorded Watching Porn

Today, when I opened outlook to check my mailbox, there was an email with the subject “Your account is being used by another person”. I was shocked and opened that email, and when I read, it seemed more shocking to me for a second.

This was the full email:

Subject: Your account is being used by another person!

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 $693 (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: 1GjZSJnpU4AfTS8vmre6rx7eQgeMUq8VYr

(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 18 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!

But, within a second, I thought one thing whether I clicked any porn or spam links recently from my email?

I was not sure because being a blogger; I get a lot of marketing emails, guest posting emails, and so on. So, I was not sure if I had clicked any such link. However, I don’t click any links in general until I am sure if the link is safe.

As you can see in the email that the scammer said that he recorded my webcam, that is what made me realize that this is nothing but a scam email because when I was writing about Dark Web a long ago for this blog, I had to test to access dark web, so I covered my webcam just for security purpose. Since then my webcam is covered only. So, there is no way that my laptop’s webcam gets recorded. And, even the web camera is disabled from Device Manager.

How to Block Laptop’s Webcam using Device Manager?

In Windows 10, On your desktop, right click on “This PC”, click “Manage”.  “Computer Management” Window will be opened. Now, click “Device Manager”. Then click “cameras” which will show “integrated Webcam”. Right click on it, and click “Disable”. That’s all. The camera is now disabled. You can repeat the process to Enable later when needed. just click “Enable” in Place of “Disable”.

So, there is no way of webcam recording. But, still, the email says it is recorded. So, it says itself that it is nothing but a scam blackmail email.

Now, the thing made me think that the email came from my own email address only. That is a thing to think over. But, I heard a bit about email address spoofing, so I thought it might be a spoof email. But, looking at the Email headers, it was not looking like the spoofed message.  But, I was still not sure.

Then, I asked my hosting partner One.com about this, they told me that there might be two cases, either it is spoofed, or your email address is compromised.

I was only concerned about the email thing, and then they asked me to check my email address on https://haveibeenpwned.com/ this website to know if your email address is compromised?

I did, and it surprised me that, yes, it was.

You can check your email address on this site if you want. If there is no problem, it will show a green signal like this:

I immediately changed my password to a stronger one. Moreover, you can use any good Password manager such as Dashlane, LastPass or any good one as the password manager. Most of the password manager will automatically check your passwords to see if they have been revealed in a breach and help you create unique, secure passwords for every site.

However, there is a bitter truth that “There is nothing safe online”. Anything can be hacked. It is you who has to be careful from clicking links, accessing spam sites, etc.

How they actually do it?

Most of the times such emails are a scam, and there is no relation with the reality, but the thing is, most of the population does watch porn at times, and when they get such emails, they are frightened that scammers might have actually recorded their video while they were watching porn.  And, that is why they threaten you by writing such emails in the anticipation to get money from people who are frightened after reading the email.

Actually, they do it either by email spoofing or by hacking your email address. In other cases, these scammers make use of the breached data that are published on many sites. Yes, when there are some data breaches, hackers mostly upload them to some sites, and these scammers make use of those data to do such scams. That is the reason; it is advised to change your passwords regularly so that even if your data is compromised years ago, it cannot be used later to exploit you if you have changed the passwords.

By the way, I am not alone, such emails are being sent to millions of users, and that I found while I started researching about it. There are some reports shared by  TechCrunch, Krebs on Security, and many more websites. Though there is nothing there to worry, you must be careful about your email credentials.

As per Krebs on Security, there are some shady password lookup sites available where compromised data are sold. Thus, changing passwords regularly is important.

Moreover, while choosing passwords make sure you make strong password every time you change it. You can read more about passwords here.

Moreover, when you get such emails, make sure to scan your PC for Malware once just to be sure there is nothing such on your PC. Malwarebytes seems to be a great tool for Malware scanning and fixing them.

Conclusion

When you get such emails, don’t worry. This is a scam email to trick people to rob money. Ignoring such emails is good but still, do try changing your email password and scan your PC for malware.

One thing I would advise, if your laptop/PC’s webcam is not in use, keep it covered. That is a safe practice for everyone. You can cover the cam with anything like tape, or even there are webcam covers are being sold online.

So, don’t fall for it if you get such emails. Email subject might be different than what I received. There are different people term this scam as Sextortion emails, Porn Blackmail emails, etc.

Just don’t get fooled of these!

Comments (5)

  • Hello Atish,

    Thanks for the update. Spammers and fraudsters are always trying to spoof people with fake and spam emails. We all have to be cautious while doing our activities in the online World. Using third-party DNS services like Open DNS or using a VPN service can work best and prevent hackers to locate you. Thanks for these brilliant tips.
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      Hello Vishwajeet,

      Thanks for coming by. Yes, such emails look scary at first. But, we have to handle them wisely. And, yes using various things to keep ourselves safe is very important.

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  • This looks really scary to get such emails. I am also getting such emails, but the good part is we are getting regular training or awareness meetings at the office to stay away from such scams. But still, you never know how this kind of emails can get you in trouble. Thank you for sharing your experience here.
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    Hello Santanu,

    Yes, these are scam emails but why not try to stay more secure so that even if someone tries to sneak into your computer and do nasty stuff, you don’t have to worry since you have already tightened your computer’s security from every way possible.

    Thanks for coming by.

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  • Hi Atish,
    This is indeed a timely alert.
    The spammers and hackers are all around!
    Internet users should be more vigilant in such situations.
    Thanks for the precautions and other related posts you shared in this post.
    I am bookmarking it to read the connected links mentioned in this post.
    Happy to share with my friends on my social media.
    Keep sharing.
    Best Regards And Happy Networking.
    ~ Phil
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