A depressing amount of Bitcoin addresses in those "blackmail" spam emails have deposits in the amount of the requested ransom. Not a bad business model, it seems...

Do talk to your friends & family about these scams, especially when they become this popular. People make all sorts of silly mistakes when they panic, especially if they're not well informed.


Also, if you have friends & family who you think could legitimately spend 500-1000 USD just to make sure no one knows they watch porn on the internet, perhaps suggest spending that money on therapy? Seems cheaper in the long-term, not to mention healthier...

@dekkzz78 It's fairly easy to obtain BTC today if you have a credit card, especially for someone determined to hide something potentially embarrassing. :)

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