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Babby’s first blackmail


I received this charming email at work this morning.

Subject: [Nothing personal, do not take to heart


If you were more careful while caress yourself, I wouldn't worry you.
I don't think that playing with yourself is really awful, but when all
your friends, relatives, сolleagues receive video of it- it is
definitely for you.

I adjusted malisious soft on a porn site which was visited by you.
When the object press on a play button, device begins recording the
screen and all cameras on ur device begins working.

Moreover, my virus makes a remote desktop supplied with key logger
function from your system , so I could save all contacts from ya
e-mail, messengers and other social networks. I've chosen dis e-mail
because It's your corporate address, so u must read it.

I suppose that 300 usd is pretty enough for this little misstep. I
made a split screen video(records from screen (u have interesting
tastes ) and camera ohh... its funny AF)

So its your choice, if u want me to erase this сompromising evidence
use my bitcоin wallеt аddrеss: [redacted]

You have one day after opening my message, I put the special tracking
pixel in it, so when you will open it I will see.If ya want me to
share proofs with ya, reply on this letter and I will send my creation
to five contacts that I've got from ur device.

P.S... U can try to complain to police, but I don't think that they
can solve ur problem, the inquisition will last for several months-
I'm from Latvia - so I dgf LOL

I detect the fine literary influence of Google Translate.

Poking around the internet, I found more about this one. It’s a common scam, but this is the first time it’s hit the UK. It arrived in a number of inboxes just today, always to a business address. Slightly different bitcoin accounts, slightly different amounts demanded, slightly different wording and claiming to be from different (but always Eastern European) countries. There was no tracking pixel.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that I felt not the slightest twinge of anxiety when I read this, for the obvious reason. That’s right – my computer doesn’t have a camera! ha HA!

But I wonder how many English butt-cheeks slammed shut over coffee this morning.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 20, 2018, 10:15 pm

Any bets as to whether the author was NSA, or CIA, or FBI, or MI6, or BND? All equally foul and corrupt. For MANY years. And all having access to O/S backdoors courtesy of Microsoft and Apple…

Comment from p2
Time: February 20, 2018, 10:32 pm

any bets on how many chartered accountants, county council members or repressed librarians answered it?

Comment from AliceH
Time: February 20, 2018, 10:52 pm

I just don’t open emails from unknown senders with weird subject lines. Or even known senders with weird subject lines, for that matter. Also, I protect myself from unauthorized/remote users of my computer’s camera via a super high tech camera security device (aka paper taped over the lens).

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: February 20, 2018, 11:22 pm

Congratulations, you’ve made John Podesta’s contact list!

Or maybe Anthony Weiner’s.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 21, 2018, 12:50 am

What fascinates me is how many people fall for this stuff. I know three people who have fallen for online scams.

One friend was sending money to a guy who needed money to pay his taxes so he could leave Malaysia where he was an engineer (yeah) and come join her. She finally wised up, some thousands of dollars later.

The next fell for a variation of the Spanish Prisoner scam somehow involving a tanker of oil from Nigeria. Rumor has it he lost perhaps $10K to $20K… and this was a guy who owns a decently successful small business.

The third was looking for a job; his skills were in water tower repair and maintenance. Amazingly he found a recruiting firm in England who told him that there was a desperate shortage of water tower repairmen in the UK such that the a company would pay his airfare, provide housing, and pay a juicy salary. All he had to do was pay the recruiting fee, and various visa/documentation costs. They strung him along for more than two months and then told him the job was canceled the week they were supposed to (mail him!) air line tickets. He never did figure out he’d been scammed. Since he was the ex of a good friend, I did not feel it my place to disillusion him beyond asking how his knowledge of the metric system was. He replied that the metric system was irrelevant since water was measured in gallons. Okay then.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 21, 2018, 1:05 am

Admit it — you were caught ringing the devil’s doorbell. LOL

Comment from Monty James
Time: February 21, 2018, 2:19 am

That’s why I run with a piece of tape over my laptop’s camera. A piece of tape and a clean conscience. A piece of tape, a clean conscience, and ruthless efficiency. A piece of tape, a clean conscience, ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope . . .

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 21, 2018, 2:42 am

Wow..just watched episode 2 of season 7 of ‘Homeland’ on Showtime. Carrie gets scammed by a 4 Chan lurker that locks her computer full of CIA spooky stuff she can never have revealed and has to show her boobies and presumably more to get it back. I won’t spoil the episode but I guess I’m swearing off You Porn for now….and yes, I do have a sticky dot over my camera!

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 21, 2018, 2:46 am

Ric Fan….”ringing the devil’s doorbell”…
my new favorite euphemism for porn searching!

Comment from Monty James
Time: February 21, 2018, 3:00 am

Thefritz, Ric Fan might not have been talking about computer searches. Ahem.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: February 21, 2018, 7:58 am

I’ve been wondering what the Nigerian royalty is up to these days. Also, the Nigerian tuna spammers.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 21, 2018, 1:04 pm

I’m not afraid! The kindly agent at ICE, I forget his name, or maybe he was Cartman Applecart, director of the FBI. Well, anyway he’s going to send me my package chuck full of illicit currency, which was finally cleared by the President.

so I’ll easily be able to pay this blackguard his $300 pittance!


But why the heck would you redact the address of an…honest businessman just trying to make a decent living?

Comment from Peacelovewoodstock
Time: February 21, 2018, 2:04 pm

Thefritz, I had a somewhat different interpretation of “ringing the devil’s doorbell” … perhaps more like the treatment for “hysteria” popular in the 19th century?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 21, 2018, 2:17 pm

Billy Graham died this morning.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 21, 2018, 6:04 pm

thefritz: Just learned it. Some iman said if you keep pushing the devil’s doorbell, eventually Satan will answer. lol

I watched Homeland. Why did she have all that secret stuff on her laptop if she is no longer in the CIA?

One thing about Billy Graham, there was never any scandal associated with him.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

Peacelovewoodstock; whoa! I just checked Urban dictionary on ringing the devil’s doorbell…

Comment from BJM
Time: February 21, 2018, 7:41 pm

Russians to left of me, Russians to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle again…

Wanna have some fun with the Russian paranoia?

When a telemarketer calls let them talk until they stop to catch their breath, then ask:

“Wait…how do I know you aren’t a Russian trying to steal my personal information?” (or your own variant on the theme).

I’ve run this on half a dozen telemarketers this week and all of them were gobsmacked. Cackling evilly and hanging up is optional.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 21, 2018, 7:43 pm

Russian to the right of them, Russians to the left of them, volleyed and thundered, stormed at with…

Hey! wait! it really WAS Russians that time.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: February 21, 2018, 9:04 pm

How do you put money into a bitcoin?

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 21, 2018, 10:07 pm

“But I wonder how many English butt-cheeks slammed shut over coffee this morning.”

Is you peeple puttin our national drink in your loo or sumptin?

You’re supposed to drink it ya crazy furriners!

Comment from Aci
Time: April 10, 2018, 7:06 pm

Today I received an email, just like that. They claim §400…
I didnot unswer, but make me wonder if they really could enter in my computer…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 10, 2018, 9:21 pm

Aci: it’t technically possible, so I’ve read. That’s why they sell little stickers to put over your camera. But you’d have to get infected with a malware program, so keep your Malwarebytes up to date and you should be fine.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 10, 2018, 9:22 pm

By the way, I’ve received variations on this email twice more since this first time.

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