Here we are for another edition of spot that scumsucker. Today’s villain has a tragically hilarious scheme. He plays on shame, embarrassment, and vulnerability. The scheme is premised on the likelihood of the recipient watching online porn, which many many people do (not shaming, just pointing out facts.) This plot is depending on the law of large numbers. You go big enough and you will snag someone. Here is the email I received, pasted just as it came in to me:

Hi, stranger!

You may not know me, and you are most likely wondering why you are receiving this email, right?

In fact, I posted a malicious program on adults (pornography) of some websites, and you know that you visited these websites to enjoy

(you know what I mean).

While you were watching video clips,

my trojan started working as a RDP (remote desktop) with a keylogger that gave me access to your screen as well as a webcam.

Immediately after this, my program gathered all your contacts from messenger, social networks, and also by e-mail.

What I’ve done?

I made a double screen video.

The first part shows the video you watched (you have good taste, yes … but strange for me and other normal people),

and the second part shows the recording of your webcam.

What should you do?

Well, I think $580 (USD dollars) is a fair price for our little secret.

You will make a bitcoin payment (if you don’t know, look for “how to buy bitcoins” on Google).

BTC Address: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

(This is CASE sensitive, please copy and paste it)


You have 2 days (48 hours) to pay. (I have a special code, and at the moment I know that you have read this email).

If I don’t get bitcoins, I will send your video to all your contacts, including family members, colleagues, etc.

However, if I am paid, I will immediately destroy the video, and my trojan will be destruct someself.

If you want to get proof, answer “Yes!” and resend this letter to youself.

And I will definitely send your video to your any 19 contacts.

This is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not waste my personal and other people’s time by replying to this email.


Ok, so if you are a little gullible and watch a lot of online porn, this is downright terrifying. Lucky for me, I just happen to not watch porn on my computer, so I didn’t take this as legitimate at all! I mentioned this in a Facebook post and one of my colleagues said he had a client who had paid this ransom TWICE! Take a good look at it and then don’t ever worry about it again. Let’s have a moment of silence for those folks who were particularly frightened by the passage, “The first part shows the video you watched (you have good taste, yes … but strange for me and other normal people)”

Stay safe out there!


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