Online Blackmailers Scam Adult Site Users of $50,000 Through Extortion

By Nitish Singh / July 19, 2018

Security researcher SecGuru uncovered a scam that has led to dozens of users being scammed using fake extortion emails. A group of scammers took advantage of recent data breaches on adult websites and collected personal information to use as leverage against unsuspecting internet users. Some of the blackmail emails ask for up to $3,200 in the form of cryptocurrency.

A website has been set up by security expert Troy Hunt, to help users identify data breaches. You can simply enter your email address and see if any online accounts using your email has been breached. The website has databases of all major breaches in recent years. If you see your email has associated breaches, it is recommended to change passwords on the flagged accounts and enable two-factor authentication if available.

Extortion List

Image Courtesy of Bleeping Computer

Over $50,000 has been collected in the form of cryptocurrency from 30 different users in the recent scam. Gullible users fall for the scam emails and do not want their involvement with adult websites to be leaked online and end up paying the extortionists what they want. All of the payments in the extortion racket have been sent to three accounts belonging to the scammers. To make the threats feel legitimate, the scammers cited malware was installed on the user PCs and a fake webcam video of a user browsing adult websites was sent to users.

If you sent such extortion emails, it is recommended to seek legal help and complain to the FBI in the official cybercrime portal if you are in the US. Almost all countries have a cybercrime unit at this point, and you should approach them if you live outside the United States. You should also check out our guide to spotting a cryptocurrency scam to avoid being extorted.

What do you think about the extortion racket? Let us know in the comments below. Get instant updates on TechNadu’s Facebook page, or Twitter handle.

For a better user experience we recommend using a more modern browser. We support the latest version of the following browsers: For a better user experience we recommend using the latest version of the following browsers: