Fake Extortion Emails Demanding Bitcoin For No Apparent Reason

6 Feb
2017

You probably have heard about crypto viruses that encrypt your files and demand a ransom in Bitcoin to get your data back, though even if paying the demanded BTC you may still not get access back to the data. Well it seems that a new trend is users receiving extortion emails demanding Bitcoin to be paid for no apparent reason, though they do seem to rely on “catching” novice users off guard and scaring them that some of their “dirty secrets” may be leaked to their family, friends or employer. Of course these are emails intended to scare you and are not based on real threats, they are badly written in English and not personalized to the receiver mentioning any real data or anything to sound more convincing. As a result you can pretty much ignore them as nothing more than SPAM, though we are sure that some people may actually fall for the trick and even pay the demanded 1 Bitcoin ransom. Do note however that even if the threat was real by paying what is being demanded it does not mean that the promises would be kept, just as in the case with crypto viruses!

Here is a quoted example of such an email:

i now have your information.i have also used your user profile to find your Facebook page,Using this i can now message all of your friends and family members,

if you would like to prevent me from sharing this dirt info with all of your friends and family members (and perhaps even your employers too?) then you need to send 1 bitcoin to the following BTC address

Give Proofs About i insult Some Persones Suicide Situatio After Leak Details And inform Her GirlFriends/BoyFriends/Colegues/Employ/AndMembersFamaly

NOW YOU MY TARGET

i iNVEST MY RESOURCES BOTNETS OK AND MY TIME AND MY ENERGY ALL WHO AROUND YOU BE VICTM THIS NOiZE i SWEAR!

You Get Very Bad Results And Lost Your Job And Your Reputation

THIS HOW ROULETE NOW YOU STIMUL TO FIGHT I AM DESTROY YOUR LiFE START GIVE YOU CHANCE PAY BUT TIMER START!

“i would lose business, contracts..,i’m not even sure if my contract with my employer has a morality clause,”she told CNNMoney on Friday.”it could be very damaging.”

To Resolve This Situations

You Must

1 BTC Sent!

Bitcoin address: 1timeDCzSQF6gW8bqLG8d4cs2xSman1Zr

i am part impact team and administrator php mysql hosting coding! proof in studio! you get big proublums! bumerang to you owner information about you this why you our target you must pay 1 bitcoin i wait incoming transaction!

You may be wondering why should you and what will prevent other people from doing the same,in short you now know to change your privacy settings in Facebook so no one can view your friends/family list.So go ahead and update that now (i have a copy if you dont pay) to stop any future emails like this,

You can buy bitcoin using online exchanges easily. i am aware that you probably don’t have (bitcoin) BTC at the moment,so ok i giving you this time to get BTC and pay 3 bit coin.

This instruction *if you need help locating a place to purchase (BTC), use the website called localbitcoins, google it, if you dont know about it.This site makes bitcoin very easy and quick to purchase using multiple methods.

To send BTC, you need to use an online exchanger like Localbitcoins. com , Expresscoin. com, bitquick. co, cex. io , Clevercoin . com, Coincorner . com, Coincafe. com, Coinbase. com, Circle. com or a Bitcoin ATM machine Coinatmradar. com and you need to send 1 BTC to Addres System Bitcoin

On localbitcoins sign up and choose to buy the bitcoin (BTC) with western union or money gram wire , find a seller of your choice (localbitcoins is a “ebay” like site with sellers with many sales and a high rating being trustworthy) pay with cash at western union or money gram when you send the wire to the seller as sellers don’t accept payments made by credit card. After you send wire to seller provide the seller with a copy of the receipt and when they verify they with send the bitcoins (have the seller send the bitcoin directly to the bitcoin address we provided you with OR if they send the bitcoins to your localbitcoins wallet on site instead you will have to log into your localbitcoin wallet and send to the bitcoin address we provided you with). It will take less then and hour and a half for us to receive the bitcoins once you wire the money to a seller on localbitcoins, the seller will give you a confirmation of payment through site and we will let you know we received. You wil l get the information nee Current price of 1 BTC is about 916 USD, so we are fairly cheap, at the moment.But if you try ignore us, we will ruin your life i make your Nightmare And Noize Around You Continue or You Can Pay

i am know about your sexual fantasias and i know this you!

if you need to contact Email Give You > 1interest @ sigaint . org

you can feel free contact me My Email> 1btc @ sigaint . org

you only need to pay and we will disappear i swear!
If the bitcoin is not paid within 6 days to you deadline timer of then my system will automatically message all of your friends and family members.The bitcoin address is unique to you!

Consider how expensive a divorce lawyer is.if you are no longer in a committed relationship then think about how this will affect your social standing amongst family and friends.What will your friends and family think about you?

Unfortunately it is things like these that do contribute to giving Bitcoin and crypto currencies a bad name, but when a lot of money is involved there are all kinds of “bad” people attracted trying to get them the easy way by cheating and lying normal people that may even never head of Bitcoin. Checking the quoted Bitcoin address for the ransom shows that nobody has yet sent any BTC to it…



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2 Responses to Fake Extortion Emails Demanding Bitcoin For No Apparent Reason

Parakletos

February 7th, 2017 at 16:15

I got something as well — went to my spam folder. I decided to do a google search on the bitcoin address that was listed — which was a specialty/novelty address, since it includes as the first portion of the address “1time…”. It seems to me that it may be possible to track them by contacting the places online that provide such novelty addresses (for a fee). Perhaps not…

received
Today at 12:05 AM

To: ***********@***********

Message body

Hello Mr,you don’t know me ut i know you very well.As you likely know,the Ashley Madison website was hacked a little while back and in the process some personal information from tens of millions of their clients was compromised.As scary as that sounds, most of their families will never find out. First,they would have to actively seek out the information. Second, the files containing the information are multiple gigabtytes in size and are not all that convenient to access if you don’t know how. There will be some spammers who shoot our mass threatening emails to those on the lists but they can safely be ignored. Only the unlucky few will draw the attention of a true blackmailer willing to actually research a target’s family and acquaintances. Unfortunately, [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}, you are one of the unlucky ones.

Yes, i know about your secret, that you paid for services from a company that specializes in facilitating adultery. But what makes me a threat to you is that I have also spent several days getting to know about you, your family and others in your life. All you have to do in order to prevent me from using this information against you, [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}, is to pay me $1000.And before you ignore this letter consider this: You received this via first class mail. It wasn’t a spam email some Nigerian sent to thousands of people. That means I spent money on it. It means I took extensive counter-forensics measures to ensure the Postal Inspector would not be able to track it back to me via post marks or via prints and DNA. It means I paid cash for a printer that couldn‘t be traced back to me. I have spent considerable time and money on you, [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}. So if you decide to ignore me, you can be certain that I sure as hell won‘t ignore you.

The last man to whom I sent a similar letter decided to ignore me. Perhaps he thought I was bluffing. Feel free to contact him yourself if you wish to verify my sincerity. His name is [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name} and he is a [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}. Their website is [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}. His phone number, if he hasn’t changed it yet from embarrassment, is [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}. He used his office address for his credit card billing on Ashley Madison but I was still able to track down his residential address, at [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}. From there it was a simple matter to learn that he has a wife named [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}, who works for a [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}. He has a lovely college-aged daughter named [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}, though she goes by [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}.

So here is what I did when [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name} did not pay up by the deadline.

I of course anonymously contacted his wife, [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}, and told her about [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}’s membership on Ashley Madison and told her how to confirm it for herself. But I didn’t stop there. l also contacted [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}’s work colleagues. I also contacted his daughter. And his daughters boyfriend. And I contacted several of his superiors, peers, and subordinates at [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}.

You see, [Can Be Mr, This Story i Put Your Name}, if you don’t comply with my demand I am not just going to humiliate you, I am going to humiliate those close to you as well.

There was another man to whom I gave the same letter and he chose to pay. I’ll call him “Mr. Wise.” No, that isn’t his real name. I am not going to share any of his information with you or anyone else. Ever. You see, HIS secret is safe with me. And he will never hear from me again.

So the only real question you need to ask yourself is whether you want me to treat you like [i Can Edit Future} or like “Mr. Wise.” That choice is completely yours.

This special inform you if you travel or some,but time come and timer start you must pay bit coin 1 or i ruin your life i swear
to this project coding you must pay give you chance,if you wona contact My Email> 1btc @ sigaint . org

You Must Sent Payment Via 1 Bitcoin Transaction inform you and give you time to pay

1

BTC Address Give You

1timeDCzSQF6gW8bqLG8d4cs2xSman1Zr

if you do not wish me to destroy your life then send $ 1000 approx value this moment in BITCOIN to the Receiving Bitcoin Address listed. Payment MUST be received within 10 days of the post marked date on this letter’s envelope. If you are not familiar with bitcoin, read the attached “How-To” guide. How Buy Bitcoin info, Ok or Localbitcoin You will need the below two pieces of information when referencing the guide.” Give you time to pay bitcoin

admin

February 7th, 2017 at 17:39

You can use a regular blockchain explorer to see if there are any transactions from/to that address, for example: https://blockchain.info/address/1timeDCzSQF6gW8bqLG8d4cs2xSman1Zr

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