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Old 24th September 2018, 11:57 PM   #31
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An evil and pathetic extortion attempt
I got one of those exact same emails - at work of all places. The blurb about "send it to law enforcement and we'll spill the beans" was particularly rich because, well... they kinda' did that by default when they sent it to me.

Besides, I've physically disabled my webcam (as in pulled out the little ribbon cable). Hey, would you want to be blackmailed for eating yogurt straight out of the container?
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Old 26th September 2018, 12:42 AM   #32
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My phone company somehow figures out the base number and marks all calls as "scam" because when I blocked and labeled one of the numbers it marks all from base number. But now they are constantly changing the base number.
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Old 26th September 2018, 01:57 AM   #33
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Yes, a lot of those seem to come from overseas. That's why the phone companies "can't" block them, or do anything about the spoofing. Yeah, right.

I used to love the calls from Jamaica tell me I'd won the Pubisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes. I sort of miss those guys.
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Old 26th September 2018, 02:59 AM   #34
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I did use the password provided by the hacker on both sites at one time.
I use a different password for every site/login I have. Not saying how I keep track of them all ...
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Old 26th September 2018, 03:08 AM   #35
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An evil and pathetic extortion attempt
I change the passwords every time I go online
because I always forget what password I used last time
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Old 2nd October 2018, 11:53 PM   #36
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One more time......I just got an almost exact duplicate of the same extortion letter. This time I'm only worth $2,000. My Bellsouth email box has been over run with spam in the past couple of years, but it has gotten much worse in the last few months. Some days I get 100 to 200 spam emails usually offering women, pills to make certain body parts bigger, cannabis oils, and other quack medicine or diets. I have used this email address for about 25 years, but it looks like I must abandon it. It will certainly mean loss of contact with some old friends with whom I don't converse frequently.


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Sayers Buccafusco <tymilziefzl@outlook.com>
To *****@bellsouth.net

Today at 6:44 PM

I* do* know 0101fbe9 i*s yo*ur pa*sswo*rds. L*ets get di*r*ectly to* purpo*s*e. No* p*erson ha*s pa*id m*e to ch*eck yo*u. Yo*u do*n't kno*w m*e a*nd yo*u a*re pro*bably thi*nking why yo*u a*r*e g*etting this ema*i*l?

L*et m*e t*ell yo*u, i* a*ctua*lly s*etup a* malwa*r*e o*n the 18+ vi*d*eo*s (s*ex si*t*es) w*eb si*t*e a*nd th*ere's mo*r*e, you visit*ed this si*te to* *experi*enc*e fun (yo*u kno*w wha*t i* m*ea*n). Whil*e yo*u w*er*e vi*ewi*ng vi*d*eos, yo*ur w*eb bro*ws*er sta*rt*ed o*ut op*era*ti*ng as a* Remo*te D*eskto*p tha*t ha*s a* k*eylo*gg*er whi*ch provi*d*ed m*e wi*th acc*essibili*ty to* yo*ur displa*y scre*en a*s well a*s ca*m. Just a*ft*er tha*t, my so*ftwa*r*e pro*gra*m o*bta*i*ned all o*f yo*ur co*nta*cts fro*m your M*essenger, Fac*ebo*ok, and e-mailacco*unt. a*nd th*en i* cr*ea*ted a* vi*d*eo. 1st pa*rt di*splays th*e vi*deo* yo*u w*er*e wa*tchi*ng (you ha*ve a* go*o*d tast*e ha*ha*h), a*nd 2nd pa*rt di*splays th*e r*eco*rdi*ng o*f yo*ur web cam*era, a*nd i*t is u.

You go*t two* so*luti*o*ns. L*et us explo*r*e thes*e po*ssibi*li*ti**es i*n a*sp*ects:

Very first a*lt*erna*tiv*e i*s to n*eglect thi*s e mai*l. i*n this si*tua*ti*o*n, i a*m go*i*ng to* s*end yo*ur v*ery o*wn vi*d*eo* to* a*ll o*f yo*ur p*erso*na*l co*ntacts and thi*nk a*bo*ut r*egarding the a*wkwardness you can g*et. Do* not fo*rg*et i*f you ha*pp*en to* be in a* lovi*ng r*ela*ti*onship, preci*s*ely ho*w i*t wi*ll *ev*entua*lly a*ffect?

N*ext o*ption wo*uld be to* comp*ensa*t*e m*e 2000 USD. L*ets r*ef*er to* i*t a*s a* do*na*tio*n. Subs*equently, i* most c*erta*i*nly wi*ll i*mmedi*a*tely di*sca*rd yo*ur vi*d*eo* foo*ta*ge. Yo*u co*uld conti*nu*e everyda*y li*f*e li*ke thi*s nev*er to*ok plac*e and yo*u surely will nev*er h*ear ba*ck a*ga*i*n fro*m m*e.

Yo*u'll ma*k*e th*e pa*ym*ent via* Bi*tco*i*n (if yo*u do*n't know this, s*ea*rch fo*r 'ho*w to* buy bi*t*coi*n' i*n Go*ogle s*ea*rch engi*n*e).

B*T*C* a*ddr*ess to s*end to*: 1GfrxRYjPMNKnsE6Fx6EC72cj9ywJNXZZ8
[ca*s*e-s*ensi*ti*ve co*py a*nd pa*ste i*t]

i*f yo*u ma*y b*e thinking o*f go*ing to* th*e poli*c*e, sur*ely, this m*essa*g*e cannot be trac*ed back to* m*e. i* ha*v*e co*v*er*ed my steps. i am no*t trying to* a*sk yo*u for money a* who*l*e lo*t, i* si*mply wa*nt to b*e pa*i*d. Yo*u no*w ha*v*e on*e day to* ma*k*e th*e pa*ym*ent. i* ha*v*e a* sp*ecific pi*x*el wi*thin thi*s *ema*i*l messag*e, a*nd ri*ght no*w i* know tha*t yo*u hav*e r*ead this *e-ma*i*l. if i* do* no*t g*et th*e Bi*tCoins, i* wi*ll, no* do*ubt s*end your vi*d*eo recording to a*ll o*f yo*ur contacts including r*elati*v*es, co*wo*rk*ers, a*nd many o*th*ers. Ho*w*ever, i*f i* do g*et pa*i*d, i* wi*ll era*se th*e reco*rdi*ng right away. i*f yo*u r*ea*lly want *evidence, r*eply Yea* a*nd i* wi*ll c*erta*i*nly send o*ut yo*ur vi*deo* recordi*ng to* yo*ur 9 conta*cts. Thi*s i*s a* no*n:nego*ti*abl*e o*ff*er a*nd thus do*n't wast*e mi*ne ti*m*e a*nd yo*urs by r*eplying to thi*s *ema*i*l m*essa*g*e.
I just noticed how the text showed up after copying and pasting......this must be the "specific pixel" that the a$$hole embedded, likely a control character.
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Old 3rd October 2018, 12:06 AM   #37
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I use a different password for every site/login I have
I have a bunch of different passwords. I was in an IC research and development group at Motorola that had the highest computer security standards in the company. I adopted a system which complied with their rules, yet allowed my passwords to be plain sight at my desk. I never let on, and nobody knew, but it worked.

I still use something similar today to keep track of them all. The only issue that arises is that some places have oddball requirements on the use of non alphanumeric characters.
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Old 3rd October 2018, 01:14 AM   #38
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Ya that's disgusting.
It's killing off the internet.
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Old 3rd October 2018, 03:25 AM   #39
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Here's more on it.
Extortion from a Yahoo.JP email address - yahoo email, Review 1055566 | Complaints Board

And on the lighter side...
This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch (TED)
More adventures in replying to spam | James Veitch (TED)
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Old 3rd October 2018, 03:58 AM   #40
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One more time......I just got an almost exact duplicate of the same extortion letter. This time I'm only worth $2,000. My Bellsouth email box has been over run with spam in the past couple of years, but it has gotten much worse in the last few months. Some days I get 100 to 200 spam emails usually offering women, pills to make certain body parts bigger, cannabis oils, and other quack medicine or diets.
This looks like the "regular" load of spam that most email addresses get. Most people don't see anywhere near this amount of spam because their ISPs have filters that remove about 99 percent of it. It looks like either Bellsouth doesn't run a filter on email (this seems unlikely), or the filter is turned off for your account. I'd call bellsouth and tell them about your quantity of spam, ask why you're getting so much and if there's anything they can do about it.


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I just noticed how the text showed up after copying and pasting......this must be the "specific pixel" that the a$$hole embedded, likely a control character.
Does your email client load images in HTML email? If so, there's surely an option to tell it NOT to load such images). Not loading images (or other entities in HTML email) protects you from the following:

The "specific pixel" sounds like a webbug, something I recall first reading about perhaps two decades ago. A webbug is a single-pixel image loaded from the sender's server by the HTML code, and the filename is encoded with the email address it's sent to, so the sender's server detects if/when your email address has read the email.

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