Today, I received the scam message highlighted in red below. Whoever sent it is a rank amateur fraudster. This person has no way to control my system, nor does he have any information that others do not know about me.
You can write to the police, but they will not fix your situation. I am an alien, so they can not get to know my place accurately. Your PC has been compromised by my software. We turned on your PC cam the moment you browsed to the erotic web-site. I have the visual proof of you masturbate. We also have in possession your connections, so if you want me to keep this between us, you have to post 600 USD in BTC. Use this bitcoin wallet # 17HmMr17aa2hyQEXjHgf1rdf7skb4ET6aW to post the amount. You possess 29 hours after getting this letter. When you write back to this e-mail, my mainframe will right away transfer the information that I have full control over your device. So, immediately after your message, you will get new remittance details and you will need to post 2200 USD in place of the initial amount. Best of luck. Please be aware of the consequences. P.S. I am not a native English speaker but I hope you understand what I mean. Sending the money is the only way to prevent it from happening. Don`t try any funny stuff, it`s there is no point in that. This email was only used to notify me that you got the message. From Shanghai with love.
The reality is that messages like this are easy to ignore. Just hit the delete button. In my case, I copied the text and turned it into a blog entry for your entertainment.
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You'll note that this jerk mentions the police. The local cops do not have much jurisdiction regarding this kind of attempted crime. So why bother wasting their time? The scammer says he's an alien. Who cares what he is? He is up to no good. Has my PC been compromised? Probably not. I use a good malware detection package. And why should I care who knows what I masturbate to?
Now, heaven forbid, this jerk has infected my machine. I have another computer, uninfected, that I can use. Yes, I'll lose some important data. But I can always recover 95% (or more) of it. It pays to back up everything, and that's what I do - just not as often as I should be doing.
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Right now, I see this message as an idle threat. We'll see what happens over the next couple of days....