I received the following email which claims, among other social engineering, to have installed a keylogger on a former system administrator's Linux box:
I know [old password deleted] one of your passphrases. Lets get directly to the purpose. No-one has paid me to check about you. You may not know me and you are probably thinking why you're getting this mail?
Well, i actually placed a software on the 18+ vids (pornographic material) website and guess what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean). When you were watching video clips, your web browser initiated functioning as a Remote control Desktop that has a keylogger which provided me with access to your display screen and also webcam. Just after that, my software program collected all your contacts from your Messenger, social networks, and emailaccount. after that i made a video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste haha), and second part displays the recording of your web cam, & it is you.
You will have not one but two choices. Lets check out each of these solutions in details:
First choice is to neglect this email message. Then, i am going to send your very own recorded material to each of your your personal contacts and thus just think concerning the shame you feel. Furthermore if you are in a romance, how it is going to affect?
Latter alternative is to pay me $7000. Lets think of it as a donation. Subsequently, i most certainly will asap erase your video footage. You could keep going daily life like this never happened and you are never going to hear back again from me.
You'll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search 'how to buy bitcoin' in Google search engine).
BTC address: 1EWaFmaMG33BB6pujkcJUFsp5PxLbQVnhw
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if you are curious about going to the law, okay, this message cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my moves. i am also not trying to charge a fee so much, i prefer to be rewarded. i have a specific pixel in this email message, and right now i know that you have read through this message. You have one day in order to make the payment. if i do not receive the BitCoins, i will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, colleagues, and so on. Having said that, if i do get paid, i will erase the recording right away. if you want evidence, reply with Yes then i will send your video recording to your 7 contacts. it is a non:negotiable offer, thus do not waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email.
I know the standard response to ordinary spam, and the ordinary response to phishing. I reported this as phishing because it seemed a closest fit, and furthermore far more severe than "BETH ADD REAL INCHES TO YOUR PEN1S!".
How can I, or should I, respond to blackmail spam? Is any LE followup appropriate?