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Rotten Phish: Sextortion Emails

Sextortion image A number of users have reported seeing "sextortion" scams to their personal and BPS email accounts. Sextortion scams usually involve an email that states a scammer has screenshots or video from a laptop camera with a threat to send the footage to family and friends. These are often personalized with the name and other personal information, sometimes including an old password, in an attempt to convince the recipient that the scam is real. It is not hard for scammers to purchase old passwords from data breaches or other external sites and then use that information against you. Do not be alarmed if you receive an email with an old password it in. BPS asks that you take two actions if you receive a sextortion scam:

1. If you recognize the password from an external site, go to that site and change the password immediately. Change the password in other sites where you may have used that password. In the examples we have found so far, many of the passwords came from the LinkedIn breach a few years ago.

2. Mark the email as "SPAM" so other employees do not receive that email in the future.


Below is an example of the email scam but keep in mind that the wording can vary slightly. For more information on these types of scams, click here to read an article with more tips and examples.

Example:

I am aware one of your passphrase: password. Lets get directly to point. Not a single person has compensated me to investigate about you. You do not know me and you are probably wondering why you're getting this e mail?actually, I actually installed a software on the adult vids (sex sites) site and you know what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing videos, your internet browser initiated working as a Remote control Desktop that has a key logger which provided me access to your display screen and also web cam. Right after that, my software program collected your complete contacts from your Messenger, FB, and email . After that I created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you've got a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the view of your webcam, and its u. 
You do have only 2 alternatives. We are going to understand these types of choices in aspects:
1st solution is to disregard this message. In this case, I am going to send your actual video clip to just about all of your contacts and thus you can easily imagine about the disgrace you feel. Not to mention should you be in a relationship, just how it will eventually affect?
Number two choice will be to pay me $3000. We will think of it as a donation. As a consequence, I most certainly will without delay eliminate your videotape. You will keep going on your daily life like this never happened and you will not hear back again from me.
You'll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search for "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).