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Blackmail Scam – Beware!

Beware of Scam Emails Demanding Bitcoin, Threatening Blackmail - City of  Lone Tree

Scammers are now trying to blackmail you by claiming that they have broken into your computer and taken charge of it. As you can see in the letter I got below, they claim they installed some secret software that allows them to see everything you in your computer, and even watch you. They claim that they’ve seen you log into to porn sites and they will show everyone what you’ve been doing while you look at them, unless you give them a huge sum of money on bitcoin.

Now, it’s obvious that this scam will only work on people who actually masturbate while looking at online porn and who are ashamed of it. I’m sure that’s a very small number, but they work on volume. They send e-mails like this to millions of addresses and some people will fall for them. I’m posting this here just in case you are one of them.

Let’s be clear: it’s a scam. They didn’t break into your computer and they have not been watching you. I can tell you this is true because not only have I not gone to a porn site on my computer, but I don’t even have a camera or microphone installed. Indeed, the e-mail they have for me wouldn’t give them access to my computer in the first place.

Now, if you use gmail, these e-mails are automatically flagged as fishing, and they go directly into your spam folder. But if you don’t, please delete them without paying them any mind. Under no circumstances give the scammers any money.

Dan Sullivan via
to marga


I have to share bad news with you.
Approximately few months ago I have gained access to your devices, which you use for internet browsing.
After that, I have started tracking your internet activities.

Here is the sequence of events:
Some time ago I have purchased access to email accounts from hackers (nowadays, it is quite simple to purchase such thing online).
Obviously, I have easily managed to log in to your email account (

One week later, I have already installed Trojan virus to Operating Systems of all the devices that you use to access your email.
In fact, it was not really hard at all (since you were following the links from your inbox emails).
All ingenious is simple. =)

This software provides me with access to all the controllers of your devices (e.g., your microphone, video camera and keyboard).
I have downloaded all your information, data, photos, web browsing history to my servers.
I have access to all your messengers, social networks, emails, chat history and contacts list.
My virus continuously refreshes the signatures (it is driver-based), and hence remains invisible for antivirus software.

Likewise, I guess by now you understand why I have stayed undetected until this letter…

While gathering information about you, I have discovered that you are a big fan of adult websites.
You really love visiting porn websites and watching exciting videos, while enduring an enormous amount of pleasure.
Well, I have managed to record a number of your dirty scenes and montaged a few videos, which show the way you masturbate and reach orgasms.

If you have doubts, I can make a few clicks of my mouse and all your videos will be shared to your friends, colleagues and relatives.
I have also no issue at all to make them available for public access.
I guess, you really don’t want that to happen, considering the specificity of the videos you like to watch, (you perfectly know what I mean) it will cause a true catastrophe for you.

Let’s settle it this way:
You transfer $1650 USD to me (in bitcoin equivalent according to the exchange rate at the moment of funds transfer), and once the transfer is received, I will delete all this dirty stuff right away.
After that we will forget about each other. I also promise to deactivate and delete all the harmful software from your devices. Trust me, I keep my word.

This is a fair deal and the price is quite low, considering that I have been checking out your profile and traffic for some time by now.
In case, if you don’t know how to purchase and transfer the bitcoins – you can use any modern search engine.

Here is my bitcoin wallet: bc1qzd5ufq2qqnx0ryh97zfnz64ff9g3ck9mjgc8zl

You have less than 48 hours from the moment you opened this email (precisely 2 days).

Things you need to avoid from doing:
*Do not reply me (I have created this email inside your inbox and generated the return address).
*Do not try to contact police and other security services. In addition, forget about telling this to you friends. If I discover that (as you can see, it is really not so hard, considering that I control all your systems) – your video will be shared to public right away.
*Don’t try to find me – it is absolutely pointless. All the cryptocurrency transactions are anonymous.
*Don’t try to reinstall the OS on your devices or throw them away. It is pointless as well, since all the videos have already been saved at remote servers.

Things you don’t need to worry about:
*That I won’t be able to receive your funds transfer.

  • Don’t worry, I will see it right away, once you complete the transfer, since I continuously track all your activities (my trojan virus has got a remote-control feature, something like TeamViewer).
    *That I will share your videos anyway after you complete the funds transfer.
  • Trust me, I have no point to continue creating troubles in your life. If I really wanted that, I would do it long time ago!

Everything will be done in a fair manner!

One more thing… Don’t get caught in similar kind of situations anymore in future!
My advice – keep changing all your passwords on a frequent basis

Mis cachorros

“Mis cachorros”. My puppies. That’s how my dad called us when we were little.

Some of my favorite memories of him was of watching TV with him in bed, him shirtless, belly down and us little and getting all over him. We all (well, my dad, my brother and I) liked those old b&w historical movies – Bible tales, Greek myths, medieval fantasies, all of them combined (I swear there were movies that included both Hercules and Samson).

My kids refuse to watch anything that’s b&w, they would recoil at movies like this. Maybe I can find them and force Mike to watch them with me.

My dad with the four of us, circa early 1990s

Recommendations for Movies to Watch during the Quarantine

I asked my friends in FB which movies to watch during our forced quarantine, based on my like for thrillers, horror and dystopian movies, and these are the suggestions I’ve gotten. Posted here, so I can find them later:



  • Duel by Steven Spielberg, $4 on Amazon Prime
  • Andromeda Strain
  • House of Games
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • Manchurian Candidate
  • Lathe of Heaven

Coronavirus Blackmail Scam

If you ever look through your spam folder, chances are you’ve come across messages from wannabe blackmailers. These usually include some password you’ve used in the past, and than an ominous message threatening all sorts of things if you don’t send them some money in bitcoin or another virtual currency. The blackmailers/scammers usually purchase lists of passwords that have been compromised when some big site was hacked (one reason you should use different passwords for all your accounts). They don’t actually have any dirt on you, they don’t control your computer, and they can’t carry out their threats – indeed, most of them are probably in Nigeria or another scam-central country. So you can safely ignore these e-mails.

In the latest version of this blackmail spam, blackmailers are going all in on coronavirus, threatening it to give it to you and your family if you don’t send them money. I guess it’s a sign of the times.

This is the last e-mail I got from them. What’s funny, is that if they do follow me on social media, they probably are aware of everything they claim (except my passwords). How fun for them!
Mar 20, 2020, 1:03 AM (4 days ago)

 to marga

Ι kηοw every dιrτy lιttle secret αbοuτ your life. Tο ρrove my poιnτ, τell me, dοes "xxxxx" riηg αηy bell το yοu? Iτ was οne οf yοur ρasswοrds.

Whατ dο I kηow abouτ yοu?
Tο sταrτ wiτh, Ι kηοw αll οf your pαsswords. Ι am αwαre οf your whereabοuts, whαt you eat, wιth whοm you tαlκ, every lιtτle τhiηg you do in a day.

Whατ am Ι cαpable of doιng?
If Ι wαητ, I cοuld even infect yοur whοle famιly wιth τhe CοronaVιrus, reνeαl all οf yοur secreτs. There αre cοuητless τhιηgs Ι cαη dο.

Whaτ shοuld yοu dο?
You ηeed το pay me $4000. Yοu'll maκe τhe ρayment vιa Βitcoiη to τhe belοw-mentioηed αddress. Ιf yοu doη't knοw how to dο this, search "how τo buy bitcοin" ιη Goοgle.

Βitcοιη Address:
(Ιτ ιs cAsE seηsitιve, so cορy αηd paste ιτ)

You haνe 24 hοurs το mακe the ραyment. I haνe a unique ριxel wiτhιn thιs emαil messαge, and rιghτ ηow, I knοw thaτ yοu hαve reαd this emαil.

Ιf Ι do not get τhe paymeητ:
I will infect every member οf your fαmily wiτh τhe CοroηαVιrus. Nο mαττer how smαrt yοu are, belieνe me, if Ι wαnτ το αffecτ, Ι cαη. Ι will αlso gο αheαd aηd reveal your secrets. I will comρletely ruin yοur life.

Noηeτheless, if I dο get ρaιd, I will erase eνery liττle iηformaτιon I hαve αbοut you ιmmedιαtely. You wιll ηever hear from me αgαiη. Ιτ ιs α ηοn-ηegοtiable οffer, sο dοn't wαsτe my time and yours by reρlyιng tο thιs emαιl.

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