Sextortion scammers are now using potential targets’ redacted phone numbers in an attempt to trick them into submitting payment.
Perhaps after having obtained a list that ties people’s phone numbers and email addresses together, scammers are sending out sextortion emails that use redacted phone numbers to lure in victims. Here’s an example, as disclosed by Naked Security:
It seems that, +1-555-xxx-xx55, is your phone number. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e mail, right?
. . .
I backuped phone. All photo, video and contacts.
I created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you’ve got a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the recording of your web cam.
exactly what should you do?
Well, in my opinion, [AMOUNT FROM $100-$1000 THIS TIME] is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
Of the 5,000 instances of this scam received by Naked Security, many had the same five digits redacted, though there were a few with all but the last four digits censored.
Each of the scam messages directed victims to transfer Bitcoin to one of three addresses. At the time of publication, those addresses showed 20 payments ranging in value from $1 to $1000. It’s unclear whether those payments were directly related to the scam.
The emergence of this ploy hasn’t stopped sextortion fraudsters from using breached passwords to demand payment from users, either. Wendy Nather, Director of Advisory CISOs at Duo Security, confirmed as much on Twitter.
So far this week I’ve gotten 23 spam extortion emails from the same lame sender who can’t make their script work. All of the fake sender names are female, (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The State of Security authored by David Bisson. Read the original post at: https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/sextortion-scams-using-redacted-phone-numbers-to-demand-payment/