Not all bitcoin sextortion attempts are occurring over email right now. Reports of a highly customized blackmail letter received in the mail and claiming to have “evidence” of a “secret you are keeping from your wife” and demanding payment in bitcoin in order not to tell, started coming in late 2017 and continue today. Krebs on Security blogged about this scam in January. Back then the amount demanded was around $2,500. In May typical reports had risen to around $8,500. Today the letters are demanding as much as $15,500. Continue reading Bitcoin Blackmail Letter Scam Raising Prices
Don’t pay it! No matter how convincing inclusion of that old password you used to use makes it seem, they don’t have video of you doing that. Don’t be embarrassed, if you considered paying the ransom email you’re not alone. So far 101 victims have sent 22.67 BTC to 37 of the 176 bitcoin addresses so far reported to be related to the new sextortion with/password scam email variation that first appeared July 10. Reports of previous versions of the same sextortion tactic without the password portion have been reaching us since October 2017. Inclusion of a password is unique over the last three weeks. Continue reading Sextortion With Password Email Scam Variant Makes 22.67BTC Over First 3 Weeks
A new twist on an old trick emerged this week. The porn ransom email claiming to have incriminating video of the recipient which will be released to contacts if not paid in bitcoin, has now included an old compromised password of the recipients in an attempt to add credibility to the scam. Gotta appreciate that dark web creativity. Where did they get all those passwords? The first report of this new variant was received July 10. Since then dozens more reports have come in relating to just over 2 dozen bitcoin addresses as of Friday. This address has been reported 9 times and also has the most total received at 2.83 BTC:
When reports of this email scam first started appearing last September the perpetrators were discovered to be using a Matbea wallet. That appears to have changed. On May 30 every output transaction from hundreds of reported blackmail scam addresses went to a Poloniex wallet address.
These bitcoin addresses were reported as scams related to the porn blackmail email:
Each of them shows an output to 1E2J2DAFGToqmTxK5H8fG6V3Tp3xqSiAm4 on May 30, 2018.
A quick investigation shows 1E2J2DAFGToqmTxK5H8fG6V3Tp3xqSiAm4 is among the Poloniex wallet cluster.
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There is strong evidence to support either thesis. Bitcoin Pizza Day is May 22. No better time to review the evidence. Whose pizza is worth $98 million today?
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Eight years ago “Jercos” sold “Laszlo” 2 pizzas for 10,000 BTC. It was the first transaction in bitcoin history for an economic good or service. At the time 1 BTC was $USD00.08.
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Continue reading The First #Bitcoin Transaction; Was it for two @dominos or @PapaJohns #pizza?
300 Canadians conned out of 44 BTC in tax debt collection scam.
BitcoinWhosWho received multiple independent reports of scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency “CRA” agents demanding payment of taxes in bitcoin. Tax payment deadline was yesterday in Canada.
The most active CRA scam bitcoin address was by far
1GVD8Y9473Lxm2ngdKW5P5M1uazDtGMRFo with 259 total payments worth CAD$284,550.
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Based on all reported bitcoin addresses, in total, the CRA scammers conned at least 295 victims out of 44.47594323 BTC or CAD$513,550.
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Selected Victim Accounts Continue reading 44 BTC Made By Canada Revenue Agency Tax Collection Scam
What can I do if I’ve been scammed out of bitcoins? Bitcoin transactions may be irreversible but there are steps you can take to ensure that someday it may be possible to recover your funds.
Taint the Receiving Address
How do I taint a scam bitcoin address? Is it possible to taint a bitcoin address? Yes! By reporting a scammers receiving bitcoin address(es) to BitcoinWhosWho.com you taint them and all future downstream transaction addresses. Forever. This allows anyone, including law enforcement, to monitor the addresses, and associated wallets, and take action when they are sent to crypto exchanges, Bitcoin ATMs and other known exit points.
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Your report to Bitcoin Whos Who can also help screen and potentially freeze future fraudulent transactions.
Only BitcoinWhosWho.com offers blockchain community members a free API and searchable database of reported scam and bitcoin address website appearances, but there are other fraud report venues out there: Continue reading Where To Report Bitcoin Scams
BitcoinWhosWho received dozens of reports over the last few days from multiple independent sources about a cloud mining scam called Crypterra finally exiting the building. The total received for all the 40 bitcoin addresses reported so far is 2,483.008684 BTC.
Continue reading 2500 BTC Crypterra Exit Scam Reported
Reports of a spam email threatening to reveal sensitive adult content to friends and family unless paid in bitcoin have been surging over the last few days. This bitcoin address was reported twice today alone! 1LEBKnvLEZk2cUfyJ1vU5FpueakWyh4m28
For the last 6 months BitcoinWhosWho has received scam reports relating to some version of an email claiming to have used the recipient’s computer to create a video of recipient visiting adult websites and threatens to send it to recipients’ contacts if not paid $200-$400 in BTC within 20-24 hours. It comes in many languages and has made consistent appearances in our scam reports since October 2017.
SEXTORTION EMAIL SCAM VARIANT MAKES 22.67BTC OVER FIRST 3 WEEKS – July 26, 2018
I KNOW YOUR PASSWORD BITCOIN EXTORTION EMAIL VARIANT– July 13, 2018
BITCOIN PORN BLACKMAIL SCAM MOVED TO POLONIEX WALLET– June 2, 2018
BitcoinWhosWho received multiple independent reports of a ponzi collapse called “BTC Global” run by “Steve Twain” using bitcoin address
The total received balance is 4,575 BTC as of 24 Feb 2018.
29,000 people reportedly scammed by promises of 14% weekly returns. Continue reading BTCGlobal 5000 BTC Ponzi Collapse Reported