In previous episodes…an innocent woman was convinced to deposit money into a bank account or the ATO would send police to arrest her. And a grandmother was to be exposed for travelling to X-rated sex sites, unless a bitcoin deposit was made to a certain account. In today’s episode…
The email read: From Nadine Basaldua <email@example.com>
TiÑÐºÐµt#453490704 [firstname.lastname@example.org] 19/10/2018 06:20:10 I think this is important
“Greetings,” my e-pal wrote as I clicked my day into gear.
“I hope u don't mind my language sentence structure, since i'm from Denmark. I toxified your machine with a virus and now have all of your private files out of your os. It previously was mounted on an adult web page then you've chosen the movie, clicked on it, my application quickly gain access to your computer. Next, your web-camera started to record you soloing, on top of that i captured a footage that you've looked at. Soon after a little while furthermore, it pulled out all your social contact information. If you ever need me to remove your everything i currently have - send me 770 eu in bitcoin its a cryptocurrency. This is my account number : 1QJYpCpBriDUNGYfESpzMtDyqd7inhajpA Now you have 21 hr s. to make a decision The moment i will get the deal i will wipe out this movie and every thing completely. In any other case, you should be certain that your evidence is going to be submitted to all your friends.”
Goodness, this time naughty Nadine, with her magical peeping Tom software, has caught me ‘soloing’! OK, I get that but hold on there, Nadine, before I even entertain the thought of paying up, let me get across bitcoin. In the last episode, I promised you I’d ask Peter Switzer about this somewhat confusing crypto currency caper.
Switzer was outraged (not because I was accused of “soloing”) because the scoundrels were besmirching the ‘good name’ of bitcoin, a currency favoured by those who tend to prefer travelling on the dark side of life.
I decided to take this into my own hands and without a second’s delay I called my friend, John Karogonis, who runs the CEO Circle, of which I am a member. John is well connected and had invited those who fight against cyber crime to talk to Circle members. I knew John could connect me with the right people.
I’m currently talking to key experts who are able to throw more insights into what’s been done to beat these scammers. I’ll give you this info soon. In the meantime, I googled some Aussie websites to see what advice they were offering to those accused of “going solo” and engaging in other offbeat/closed door activities.
While I wait to talk to cyber crime stoppers, here’s some ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) recommendations:
“Warn your friends and family about scams. If you’re a business, let your industry association and other contacts know about the scam. If you've sent money or shared your banking details with a scammer, contact your financial institution immediately. They may be able to stop a transaction, or close your account if the scammer has your account details. Your credit card provider may be able to perform a 'charge back' (reverse the transaction) if your credit card was billed fraudulently. Report scams to the authorities via the Report a scam webpage.”
There are so many stories out there of innocent people getting scammed, where vulnerable men and women have been targeted via Facebook and then emotionally manipulated. I’ll take you through two of those true stories soon so you too can warn anyone who might fall into their clutches.
Until we talk again, avoid the porn channels. As the Holeproof underwear ad in 1985 warned: “One day you're gonna get caught with your pants down!” Ha!
(To be continued…I can’t let go of this!)