Reporting Menacing Phish

26 Jan

Well, it’s not exactly what I had planned for my afternoon.  Firstly, I am fine, these things don’t bother me.

Today I was intending to do a spot of cyber housework (it’s easier than off screen house work). I logged into the server and headed to the emails, a mixed bunch of fan query, fan fawning and spam, but there was one that caught attention.  I knew it was phishing for personal details, financial fraud, general trickery but it was the manner and topic that was a little different.  It threatened to release to all my contacts a video of me that was sexually explicit, as well as pornographic images and spread rumour of deviancy with children unless I sent x-thousand via Bitcoin to a specified account.  The hacker generously explained how the deadline could be extended and even bragged about being able to hide his identity, seek sanctuary from all laws because they were not in my country, and that any ‘federal’ involvement would mean the stuff would be circulated immediately.

As this particular webmail client is tricky to manage, junk wise, I get regular emails from phishing fake accounts trying to get me to click a link, rearrange courier delivery, download court non-payment papers, etc.  Apart from being quite a savvy person, I know these are scams as the email address isn’t really used for anything other than web site business, so they get deleted and a new junk filter created to redirect others.

However, the particularly articulate, menacing, intimidating language of this email made me stop and think, hmmm I can fully see why the more nervy would fall for this, panic and stress over this, maybe send funds, even if they are completely innocent of all allegations (mud sticks and all that), so I decided to file a report with the Cyber Crimes people.  It was very straight forward, we shall see what occurs (if anything).

Well, well, hmm, there ya go!


Posted by on January 26, 2019 in General, In The News, Tech, Website


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6 responses to “Reporting Menacing Phish

  1. deacongill

    January 27, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Excellent. I had exactly the same email a few months ago, and also reported them. Particularly unpleasant. They picked the wrong victim when they picked you – serve them right!

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      January 27, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Somehow I doubt any perpetrator will be done for blackmail etc but if their activities can be disrupted, small victories.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Bushka

    January 27, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Mmmm…..Thanks Anne for that. Most of us are simply terrified by scammers. 😳🙏🏿💞

    Liked by 1 person

  3. menhir1

    January 28, 2019 at 11:08 am

    A very useful post for those who are unaware. I like the reporting channel you used.

    It is disgusting that there is an army of dodgy characters and organisations that make determined attempts to prey on the vulnerable.

    I would like to think that your actions would make these ghastly groups think twice about their behaviour and the results of it. If an awful lot more individuals did what you have done, it would make an impact. Good on ya!

    The more exposure these scams receive and how to deal with them, the better!


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    • AnneMarie

      January 28, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Inventors, innovators, technologists have always failed to think how their creations can be used for harm, as well as good. It’s becoming more and more obvious the more we switch to electronic methods, you don’t need to overthrow a government anymore, just hack the power grid!


  4. snowbird

    February 2, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    How I loathe these spammers. Good on you for reporting them!xxx

    Liked by 1 person


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