Scammers and swindlers don’t care about COVID-19

In the past week, I’ve had two attempts of someone trying to compromise my existence.  One was an e-mail phishing scam; the other was a credit card breach.

I shall explain.

A few days ago, i received this e-mail out of the blue.  I’ve changed a few things in the e-mail for security reasons, but the essence of the e-mail is the same.

Hey, I know your password is: rockymountainfilmlabsucks

My malware gave me full access and control over your computer, I got access to all your accounts (see password above), all your files and it was possible to see everything on your screen, turn on your camera or microphone and you won’t even notice about it.

I collected all your files, I was spying on you and I RECORDED YOU SATISFYING YOURSELF!

After that I removed my malware to not leave any traces.

I can send the video to all your contacts, friends, post it on social network, publish it on the whole web, including the darknet, same as all your files!

But you can stop me!

Transfer exactly 800$ with the current bitcoin (BTC) price to my bitcoin (BTC) address.

(redacted)

Copy and paste my address, it’s (cAsE-sEnSEtiVE)

I give you 3 days time to transfer the bitcoin.

Okay … this e-mail could fool the average user.  Except … I don’t have a video camera or a microphone attached to my desktop.  I have one attached to my laptop, but even then … there’s no video of me “satisfying myself,” because I don’t do that.  Eww.  Gross.

I recognized the password as one I used a long time ago on an e-mail account, maybe about seven or eight passwords ago.  Which means that this chisel-brain probably bought a bunch of compromised e-mails and passwords from somewhere on the dark web … and then …

Essentially, this is a spam e-mail that claims to do a lot more than it does.  It’s assuming that you’re actually watching some porn site and giving yourself a – well, you know – while your camera is surreptitiously recording your actions.  This chud now claims to have video footage of your onanism, and will send it to all your contacts if you don’t pay blackmail money through bitcoin.

Just the same … change your passwords frequently.  And if you do get any sort of e-mail requesting bitcoin money, turn it over to the police or to the FBI or to your internet service provider.

Then, yesterday, while I’m trying to get a project finished, my phone starts beeping with texts.  It’s from one of my credit card companies, they want to know if I’ve used this card to buy $500 worth of gear online at Best Buy.  They’re checking to see if this is a fraudulent purchase.

Um … yeah, it’s a fraudulent purchase.  That card is only used for things like iTunes, a Netflix subscription and a couple of small recurring purchases.

I contacted the credit card company.  Yep, someone cracked my card security and was going on a shopping spree.  I told the credit card company that none of these purchases were mine, and we closed the card.  A new card will arrive in a few weeks, and the card company will go after the scammers.

So right now I’m trying to survive a world that’s infected with COVID-19, and there are scammers and chuds trying to take advantage of that by stealing my money or trying to compromise my computer.

Ugh.  I do NOT need this right now.

Everybody – do yourself a favor.  Activate whatever credit card security measures you can.  Find out if your card company can offer a two-step authorization, like sending you a text to confirm your purchases or something.  And check your statements often, you can do it online these days.  And change your passwords as necessary.  And use security words with the card company.

Don’t let chisel-brains and chuds make things worse for you when you’re already feeling worse because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Essentially, assholes ‘gonna asshole.  No way around it.  Ugh.