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Old 2021-02-08, 03:26   #386
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this idiot is claiming that he has a video with me
I have seen one of those come in to my work e-mail. My work machine does not have a camera. My co-workers might have an issue if this was anywhere near true.
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Old 2021-02-08, 04:45   #387
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Ask for a screenshot from the video as proof.
Of course he can't make one, so it would be interesting to see how he responds.
Can't. The email really looked like sent from me to myself (same sender and receiver address, not much routing info, some SMTP servers can purge those headers) and I already deleted it. Funny, as it was received at work, just few minutes ago I got a spam alert from out IT dept, saying more or less the following "if you receive email like this... (sample follows, same as my quote) please ignore it, blah blah, we are working hard to make our spam filters better". Which they do, no question, but the funny thing is, first, more people in our organization got it, and second, the bitcoin wallet was the same for all, this guy even didn't bother to generate unique numbers. AKA, he is indeed really stupid, sending the same address to gullible guy who would fall for it, and to some geek who will try to track him down. He should try to keep the two separated, so the one who would try to track him down would find an empty account, never used, and would not know about the other guy who "contributed". If some scared/gullible guy "contributes", then the freak tries to get the money out during the other guy, the geek, is tracking, then... knock knock, who's there, FBI, raise your hands in the air and open the door, he will be in impossibility to open the door with his hands in the air ...

If you send the same account to few hundreds of people, you will almost sure find one who is silly enough to give you some money, and another one who is clever enough to track you down, so you will never be able to cash those bitcoins or buy anything in real life with them, without the perspective of going behind bars. If you are blackmailer, be a clever one, generate unique accounts for each possible victim, so they don't know about each-other. But of course, that is a lot more work, not for any badass kid.

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Old 2021-02-08, 04:58   #388
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just few minutes ago I got a spam alert from out IT dept, saying more or less the following "if you receive email like this... (sample follows, same as my quote) please ignore it, blah blah, we are working hard to make our spam filters better".
Recently at work there was an e-mail that looked a little bit off. It was about required Cyber-security training. It had graphics and such that made it look sort of ok. But, while it purported to be from work, it came from a third party. This was not the third party training as last year. Apparently a bunch of well trained employees flagged it as potential phishing. I noticed that it 'looked' off, but likely wasn't, so I just waited. Sure enough, there came an e-mail from a valid internal e-mail address that said to effect: "That e-mail you got a few days ago, yeah that is legit. Please do the cyber security training and don't share the link, as it is unique to you." I chuckled inside, well trained employees acted like they should have.
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Old 2021-02-08, 05:02   #389
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The alert from IT was legit. They have specific format, I know the guy who sent it, and they really try to do their job. But spammers get cleverer day by day...
But I got your message, thieves can disguise themselves like legit too.

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Old 2021-02-08, 14:58   #390
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One guy sends me the following email message which appears to be sent from my own work email address to myself. ... claiming that he has a video with me blah blah blah, .. and I have to pay $1100 in bitcoins
I've probably received close to 100 of these in the past 5 years.

They are persistent.

They didn't get 1 Baht-Coin from me; but they probably made good money selling email lists including mine to others.
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