Hey everyone, I wanted to get you up to speed on a very credible scam that was going around before I left for vacation. I must have received about 13 emails and calls from my viewers and one of them who happens to be a friend of mine who calls me up and says, “Terry, I think I’ve been caught”. When he tells me this, the song, “Wasn’t me” by shaggy pops in my head, so I replied, “You let her catch you??” He says, “no man, someone got a hold of of my password and has me on webcam doing inappropriate stuff and is threatening to send the video to all my contacts unless I pay him $2,900. This can ruin me, my reputation and my business.
“What do I do?”
So for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, it appears the scammers got a hold of old cracked passwords that you may have used 5 to 10 years ago and they’re emailing everyone who’s passwords have been cracked, and that have an email associated to that cracked passwords. Let me read to you what the email says so that you know to hit the delete button if you get it? It says:
I’m aware, [that INSERT your real password], is your password. You don’t know me and you are probably wondering why you’re getting this email, right?
Let me tell you, I actually placed a malware on the adult video clips (porn) website and there’s more, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your web browser began operating as a RDP (Remote control Desktop) that has a key logger which gave me accessibility to your screen and also webcam. Immediately after that, my software collected every one of your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, as well as email.
What exactly did I do?
I made a double-screen video. First part displays the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste ; )), and second part displays the recording of your web cam.
What should you do?
Well, in my opinion, $2,900 is a fair price tag for our little secret. You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
I’m letting you know right now it’s a fake. My advice to you is to use a strong password that’s 16-25 characters long, and turn on two step verification. I’d also invite you to check out my free training at www.InternetSafetyUniversity.com where I cover scams like this and how to lock down your digital life.
Keep safe my friends, I’m heading back to the beach.
I’m a government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the Vice-President of Cyber at SIRCO, an investigations and protections firm in Montréal, Canada.
I’m also a frequent contributor to National & Global media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.