I got an email today from someone named Gaye Boso (first though was literally, "Gay Bozo? Is this a prank?") with the following content:
Subject: Тiсkеt#224466327: <[email protected]> 25-06-2018 02:05:42 Your secret video here
Hopefully you actually don't mind my english language sentence structure, considering that i am from Saudi arabia. I toxified your device with a virus and im in possession of your personal info out of your computer system.
It previously was installed on a mature internet page then you have picked the online video and clicked on it, my application quickly got into your computer.
After that, your webcamera captured you flying solo, in addition i caught a footage that you've seen.
Just after a little while it also picked up all of your device contact info. In case you need me to wipe out your all that i have - transfer me 500 eu in bitcoin it is a crypto. It is my account transfer address - 1Eqp....QuYW [edited to hide full address]
Now you have 28hours. to produce a decision As soon as i will get the transfer i am going to wipe out this footage and every thing thoroughly. Otherwise, you should be sure that this evidence would be submitted to your buddies.
This reminds me of the old "honor system virus
" and I can't help but have a similar feeling of amusement plus some bewilderment about this one.
Also amusing was Gmail trying to be helpful with one-click auto-responses: "I accept the terms," "No worries, thanks for the update," and "I'm not interested."
And another interesting detail is it was sent to an email address that, if memory serves me correctly, I created specifically for a parking garage a couple years ago when traveling to Seattle. So it seems there's been a data breach of some sort, or they sold my data. I checked haveibeenpwned.com and it doesn't have any results for the address in question.
Anyway, I thought some of the rest of you here might get a kick out of this ridiculous spam.