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extortion scam emails

why cant optus & other ISP's, do something about these extortion emails getting around?
A couple of weeks ago i had one claiming they have hacked my PC and they provided a genuine old password.
They claim to have control of my camera (which i dont have on my desktop pc) & combined it with my net habits of apparently going to *moderated* sites. (i'll plead guilty to having clicked on a few *moderated* sites in my younger days but not for over 20 plus years lol)
Get this, they reckon they've been watching for months and while i go to *moderated* sites they can see thru my camera what im upto.
So they've apparently made a split screen video of me *moderated* to *moderated*, lol.
Last week i was getting an even better one that claimed they had done the same thing but they had edited all the footage & photo shopped me into the actual *moderated*, lol.
If i dont send them $800 in bitcoin they'll send it to all my contacts.
Another today was basically the same sought of thing but in the header of the email is my own email address.
They are trying to make out they have control of my accounts & pc.
Now i know they havent but its not the point.

Its most likely they have bought my info from one of the big hacked data dumps.
I can imagine plenty of people from all walks of life being sucked in by this sought of stuff.
They dont ask for ridiculous amounts of money and plenty would be in a job or position where they might think its not worth the risk to not pay.
The time & money alone people are spending trying to secure their PC after getting these emails is a joke.
There has to be way in this day and age that phishing emails and flat out extortion like this can be filtered better & blocked by ISP's.
Looking at the info in the email properties i tracked the IP adress in todays email to iran-
Isfahan university of medical sciences & health services.
under the name of- *moderated*

I dont know if this guy has had his account hacked but it looks a bit sus some uni student in iran?

Come on optus this isnt good enough.
Are you doing anything at all to try and stop this?

 


 

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Re: sextortion scam emails

What do you expect Optus to do?

 

The IP you claim to have traced, is probably another compromised computer that the scammer is hiding behind.

 

your best bet, report it to scamwatc.

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Re: sextortion scam emails


WTF do you mean what do i expect optus to do?
What a snotty response. Stop squeazing & the carrot might fall out.
i dont think its much to ask in 2018 that the company that handles my internet/emails is proactive in blocking and stopping these scam emails and extortion attempts.

I have reported it to other relavent authorities mate but i'll thank you to not bother with your *moderated* attitude in future.

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Re: sextortion scam emails

When it comes to spam emails, all it takes is one click and the email is changed enough to avoid the spam filter. The filters used globally constantly learn but spammers constantly change or find new compromised systems to spam through.

 

Please be mindful not to abuse community members unnecessarily. 

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Re: sextortion scam emails

Dont bother trying, theres no point hey?

They're always a step ahead.

mmm, not sure i get that logic?

i do apologise for any abuse.

I'll remember to be cynical and needlessly unfreindly but without abusing anyone.

Thanks for your time

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Re: sextortion scam emails

Its probably hard to appreciate (the abscence of nothing) but Optus do block and filter millions of spam emails each day. Short of individually curating your inbox, you're going to get some spam (the alternative is that Optus set the bar too high and you get real emails deleted before you read them).

 

So I'd take you post as wanting Optus to relook into its spam filtering?

 

FWIW Optus (and other ISPs) provide email services largely to try lock customers into their product (or lose their address). The email product is a small part of the business and genrally much less sophisticicated than other dedicated offerings which are usually free and can be easily ported between service providers (Gmail?) 

 

IME GMail has almost no spam (the little it does have is shuffled into the spam folder). It also has 2FA etc.

 

Peter Gillespie 

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Re: sextortion scam emails

thanks peter.
Fair enough i suppose.
Its just in 2019 youd hope some tech genius wouldve come up with a way to filter blatant extortion emails?
Obviously business isnt going to want to champion something like this as they'll have to cover the cost somehow but when you think of the cost to consumers already in time & money spent protecting themselves?
There has to be a better way?
I personally would pay a few bob extra if it meant i wasnt recieving scam and unwanted emails etc.

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Re: sextortion scam emails

Funnily enough I did invent a perfect (IMO) spam filter process a while back. Unlike most of my good ideas I even managed to monetise it. But like most of the things out there that many of us have already thought of, it takes someone to actually do it. Guess we'll wait for that guy Smiley Happy

 

Spam filtering is big business and many companies pay a lot to have it seperated out. I'm not sure how Optus go about it but presumably the pay a third party specialist to mange it for them. So you'll find different providers have different success rates (and different methods for customers to fine tune, self block and feedback). The pay extra isn't in dollars, its in time taken to find the email provider that works for you.

 

Peter Gillespie

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