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𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚎, 𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛, 𝚒𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚍.

𝙸 𝚛𝚎𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝚃𝚠𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚢-𝚏𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚑𝚛𝚜, 𝚘𝚛 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎.

𝙷𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚘, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘𝚗'𝚝 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚖𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢. 𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝙸 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚢 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚢𝚘𝚞. 𝚈𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚝, 𝚙𝚑𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚐𝚒𝚝𝚊𝚕 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚞𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝟷𝟺𝟷 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜.

𝙸𝚗𝚌𝚕𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐, 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚋𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚘 𝚌𝚕𝚒𝚙𝚜, 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚢 𝙸 '𝚖 𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚌 𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚝𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞.

𝚆𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚘 𝚠𝚎𝚋𝚙𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜, 𝚖𝚢 𝚜𝚙𝚢𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚞𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚖 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚞𝚙 𝚍𝚘𝚌𝚞𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚘 𝚘𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚜𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚕𝚢 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚠𝚎𝚋 𝚌𝚊𝚖.
(𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚊 𝚞𝚗𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚢 𝚠𝚎𝚒𝚛𝚍 𝚝𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎 𝚋𝚝𝚠 𝚕𝚖𝚏𝚊𝚘)

𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐. 𝙸𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍, 𝚜𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚕𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚕𝚢 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚏 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚘𝚖𝚕𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝟷𝟸 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞'𝚛𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑.

𝙸𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚋𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍, 𝚌𝚘 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔𝚎𝚛𝚜, 𝚋𝚘𝚜𝚜, 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 (𝙸'𝚖 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎! 𝙼𝚢 𝚜𝚘𝚏𝚝𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚖 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚘𝚖𝚕𝚢 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚜).

𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚋𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚘𝚗𝚎'𝚜 𝚎𝚢𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚝? 𝙸 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚝...

𝙱𝚞𝚝, 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜𝚗'𝚝 𝚗𝚎𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚙𝚊𝚝𝚑.

𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎, 𝚗𝚘𝚗 𝚗𝚎𝚐𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛.

𝙱𝚞𝚢 𝚄𝚂𝙳 𝟸𝟶𝟶𝟶 𝚒𝚗 𝚋𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚘𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚠 𝚊𝚍𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜:

1MNRAQbUHBjtPD484X*vxSGdJQS8TknckxH
[𝚌𝚊𝚜𝚎 𝚂𝙴𝙽𝚂𝙸𝚃𝙸𝚅𝙴 𝚌𝚘𝚙𝚢 & 𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎 𝚒𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎 * 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚒𝚝]

(𝙸𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚑𝚘𝚠, 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚌𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚛𝚎 𝚋𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚘𝚒𝚗. 𝙳𝚘 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎)

𝙸𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 '𝚍𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗' (𝚠𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝?). 𝙰𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝, 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 . 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗. 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚍𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚝𝚎 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙸'𝚟𝚎 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚗 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚛𝚎𝚐𝚞𝚕𝚊𝚛 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚋𝚜𝚘𝚕𝚞𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚗𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚜.

𝚈𝚘𝚞'𝚟𝚎 𝟷 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚘 𝚜𝚘. 𝚈𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏𝚏 𝚊𝚜 𝚜𝚘𝚘𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚐𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚕. 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚖 𝚌𝚘𝚍𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚛𝚝 𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚜 𝚜𝚘𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚎-𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚍𝚘 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚢 𝚜𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚝.

Diamond Problem Solver

Re: Blackmail

And that’s why you don’t click on things you’re not supposed to...
Comcast isn’t the police, if you feel threatened, that’s who you should be contacting.

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Re: Blackmail

@DALEBANKS106 

Perhaps a bit more assistance.

 

From this page:

https://internetsecurity.xfinity.com/help/alerts/

 

Under Top Phishing Scams
Dated 2020-04-25

 

Comcast Phishing Alerts
Your Password
Comcast has been alerted to a Phishing Email which will contain the following message in the body: I do know, ***********, is your password. ----------------------------------------------- I’m going to make you a one time, non negotiable offer. Get USD 2000 in bitcoin and send them to the listed below address: -------------------------------------------- Please be advised that this is a scam that is attempting to create this sense of urgency. Never reply or make any sort of payment to these contacts. Best practice dictates locating the accounts which may share this referenced password and changing it as expediently as possible


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Diamond Problem Solver

Re: Blackmail

I got the exact worded email myself today(except the heading referring to password), just delete

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Re: Blackmail

Do I need to be concerned about spyware on my computer, as the email states?

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Re: Blackmail

I have also received this exact message with a few minor differences.  What is up with this?  What got hacked to expose my email/password????

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Re: Blackmail

You should be concerned about spyware, viruses etc regardless of what the email states. Do virus scans on a regular basis to protect yourself

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Re: Blackmail

I have Norton active on my PC. Do you recomend something else for spyware or is Norton enough to take care of this?

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Re: Blackmail

Where do I report blackmail email?

Re: Blackmail

@smithjac1947 

 

Go to:

https://internetsecurity.xfinity.com/help/report-abuse/

Then Select:

Report Spam and Phishing Emails


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Re: Blackmail

thank you.

 

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Re: Blackmail

Should we be concerned that they have our password? Surely there are needed steps to insure your safety from this email

Re: Blackmail

@antonio12123 

Did you see the following from a previous post?

 

 Best practice dictates locating the accounts which may share this referenced password and changing it as expediently as possible.


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Diamond Problem Solver

Re: Blackmail

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/17/email-sextortion-scams-on-the-rise-says-fbi.html

It’s been ongoing for a couple of years and it doesn’t matter what ISP is being used

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Re: Blackmail

I have received the same email, starting April 30th, on my comcast email account. I only opened cause the subject showed an old password... 

I called the police, they know about it and just said to check passwords and do the usual security checks.

I got another the following day. I didn't open just deleted. Is this the best way to deal with this?

 

So, looking through all the responses seems that no one feels these threats/blackmail are going to be acted on by the senders/blackmailers?

 

*What I have understood so far is that security checks with norton or simular is first defense. (I do  this, norton is active but never showed any alerts.?)

*Delete email(s) do not open. Please explain what opening the emails trigger if any to the senders/blackmailers?

*check change passwords

 

What I want to do is delete the email account I have and start a new one on @comcast.net. 

Any one think or advise taking that action?

 

Diamond Problem Solver

Re: Blackmail

It’s been happening to all ISP’s not just Comcast. Do whatever makes you feel safer but changing email addresses wont guarantee anything popping up again your new address in the future

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Re: Blackmail

Will just deleting emails is the answer to this?

What happens if/when you open. By mistake on my part...is that why I'm getting more threats?

Frequent Visitor

Re: Blackmail

I do regular norton checks. They haven't shown any threats...

Frequent Visitor

Re: Blackmail

Thanks CCAndrew for the input.

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Re: Blackmail

I have the same issue tonight I recieved an email with the same heading and asking me to give 3000 BTC.  I have contacted comcast about this and not sure why I'm recieving this email.  I have Noron Internet Security as well Malware Btyes and Super Anti-Spyware installed on my Dell XPS computer.  Is ther anything that I need to do.

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Re: Blackmail

It is very likely that the password is outdated, not used, etc. Of course, people use the same password all over the place, so appearance of compromise may not in fact be compromise (i.e., the scammer is using some oudated site to get your password; just so happens it is current to you). It's also unlikely that malware on your computer is really an issue. It's much more likely if you reply to them, that's the actual goal of the scam.  Deep breath. Don't fret 🙂

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Re: Blackmail

I'm just glad I was finally able to recover that password for Neopets I had 20 years ago. Thought I'd never get that thing back.