Email threat from "hacker"

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  1. Countrymun

    Countrymun UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We have received an email from someone claiming to be with an international hacking organisation.
    I am 99% certain it's a scam and they hope businesses will panic and pay up but I would like to be sure.

    It says they have hacked our business email account and were sending the email from our email address to prove it.
    They are demanding $700 paid to their bitcoin wallet within 14 days. They have included what they say is our password to provide proof of the hack. It is not our current password but it is one that we used a couple of years ago.
    I think it's a scam because it says the virus infected my system when I visited adult websites and goes on to ask what friends might think of my porn viewing habits. Given that I have never visited an adult website, this is clearly untrue which makes me think the whole thing is a scam. I have AVG security software on the machine.
    But I am concerned that the email does show it came from our email address (although the password appears on the line before the sender email address) and concerned that the password, although not current, is a previous password I have used online.
    Any ideas on how I can establish it is a scam? And can anyone remind me of the official UK website where you can report online scams/blackmailing.

    With thanks for any help
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: Countrymun Member since: Sep 13, 2014
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  2. finleydesign

    finleydesign UKBF Enthusiast Full Member - Verified Business

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    It's a scam, just ignore, got exactly the same thing
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: finleydesign Member since: Mar 15, 2012
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  3. BenJeffery

    BenJeffery UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    They'll have got your password from another site they've hacked where your email address and password are listed. I would ignore this too. Worth reporting, I can't post a link but search for "Action Fraud email scam" or similar.
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: BenJeffery Member since: Apr 10, 2007
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  4. nahosting

    nahosting UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We see these all the time, so you can safely ignore. Your old password is probably from a breach at a company you use, you can check at https://haveibeenpwned.com/

    Make sure you don't use the same password anywhere and use something like 1password to store unique passwords for each website.
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: nahosting Member since: Mar 19, 2013
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  5. quikshop

    quikshop UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Might be the right time to change out your old passwords for new across your systems, services you use. There are so many big company data breaches that go unreported (including at Google!), but as others have said ignore the threat.
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: quikshop Member since: Oct 11, 2006
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  6. Countrymun

    Countrymun UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thank you everyone for the re-assurances :) I have checked at pwned.com and it says that email/old password was involved in 4 website data breaches. Glad we change pword fairly regularly - although maybe I should do it even more often.
    Talking of security, our AVG is expiring soon. I have always found it okay to use but it would be good to get any recommendations for other providers worth looking at.
    Thanks again
    Mollie
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: Countrymun Member since: Sep 13, 2014
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  7. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    I get these from time-to-time, got this today from Frank, I've no idea what this all about or who Frank is, but it brightens my morning.....

    Hi, viсtim.
    This is my last wаrning .
    I writе yоu beсаuse I put a mаlwarе on thе web pagе with рorn which you have visitеd.
    My virus grаbbed аll your pеrsonаl info аnd turnеd on your cаmеrа whiсh сaptured the рrocess of your onanism. Just аftеr thаt thе sоft savеd yоur сontаct list.
    I will dеlеtе the соmрromising vidео and info if yоu pay me 400 USD in bitсоin. This is аddress for payment: 1QCdUcUm7wXjJk5CnQa1R3cmoEG9eLx2ay


    I give yоu 24 hours аftеr you opеn my mеssаgе fоr mаking thе transаctiоn.
    As soоn аs yоu rеad thе messagе I'll seе it right awаy.
    It is not necessаry tо tell me thаt you havе sent monеy tо mе. This аddress is connected tо you, my systеm will delеte еvеrything аutоmаtically aftеr transfer confirmаtiоn.
    If you neеd 48 h just reply on this lettеr with +.
    You саn visit the роliсе stаtion but nobоdy can help you.
    I dоnt live in your cоuntry. So they can not trасk my locаtiоn еvеn for 8 months.
    Goodbyе. Dоnt fоrgеt about thе shаmе аnd tо ignore, Yоur lifе саn bе ruined.
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
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  8. Blaby Loyal

    Blaby Loyal UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Who uses the term onanism in this day and age?
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: Blaby Loyal Member since: Jun 12, 2018
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  9. The Byre

    The Byre UKBF Legend Full Member

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    I don't talk about it, I get on with the job!
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: The Byre Member since: Aug 13, 2013
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  10. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    onanists?
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  11. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    I thought onanism was a typo, maybe I should credit Frank with some intelligence after all!
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
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  12. Bob Morgan

    Bob Morgan UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I do!
     
    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 By: Bob Morgan Member since: Apr 15, 2018
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  13. MBE2017

    MBE2017 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Found your hacker.
     
    Posted: Sep 27, 2018 By: MBE2017 Member since: Feb 16, 2017
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  14. DotenHosting

    DotenHosting UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Report this as a scam to Action Fraud via actionfraud.police.uk.

    It takes about 20 minutes to file the report, but if everyone reports a scam it builds up a bigger picture.
     
    Posted: Sep 27, 2018 By: DotenHosting Member since: Sep 26, 2018
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  15. Bob Morgan

    Bob Morgan UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Not the Hacker, just a lot of Onanists
     
    Posted: Sep 27, 2018 By: Bob Morgan Member since: Apr 15, 2018
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