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Bitcoin Blackmail Email Scam

Lately, we have received calls from many of our clients regarding a blackmail scam that is doing the rounds at the moment. The scam consists of an email, which appears to come from the user’s email address.

The ‘’hacker’’ typically claims to have compromised the victim’s computer and to have accessed their passwords and contacts. It also claims that, with the help of a secretly built in malware, it has recorded an embarrassing video of the victim, threatening to send it to all the stolen contacts if a certain amount of money is not being paid.

This thief usually demands the payment in bitcoins and promises to delete the embarrassing content if he receives the money within the given deadline. These emails are mainly sent to the work email address

How is this working?

The scammer spoofs the address its coming from, so it looks like it’s coming from your email account making you believe that you’ve have been hacked.

Also, since recently they’ve started the send the print screen of the actual email, so it can get through the email filters.

Our advice

Please ignore and delete these mails as this is a phishing / spam mail looking for you to respond.

Also, please make sure all your users are aware of such emails and delete them when they arrive.

We continue to advise you to be very careful in relation to any emails that you receive and remember, make sure you have a good antivirus solution in place (the paid versions are best) and keep doing the system updates on your PC. This greatly reduces your vulnerability to these scammers.

If in doubt, please contact us at 01 4975562 or at support@motherboard.ie

 

Posted on 15 Apr 2019.