A demand for bitcoins.

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Anonymous
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Today I received my first ever demand for bitcoins from some scammers, who evidentially have a video of me watching porn taken on my non-existant web cam.

 

OK, some worrying aspects to this particular demand.

 

1. It was to my current hotmail account.

2. My email address is not listed on the "have I been pawned" website.

3. The number of these demands reported on these forums has been almost zero recently.

4. It is the email address associated with my currently active TalkTalk account. Not a legacy address as widely used in the previous attacks.

5. I did speak to TalkTalk (LiveChat) a couple of days ago regarding my account.

 

I know what the stock answer will be, but is there still someone inside TalkTalk handling personal information incorrectly or some other weak security somewhere ?

 

This has been reported to ActionFraud.

I8this
Enlightened One

@Anonymous

 

Quote:-

 

I know what the stock answer will be, but is there still someone inside TalkTalk handling personal information incorrectly or some other weak security somewhere ?

 

 

Fully agree with, my thread in the Home Phone section states something similar.

If case you have forgotten the Do’s and Don’ts. There are members that have. Remember:-Be yourself and tell it like it is,. Be courteous to other customers. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Update your community profile.
Anonymous
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Bump.

 

@OCE_Arne@OCE_Karl@OCE_Anybody

I8this
Enlightened One

@Anonymous @OCE_Arne

 

looks as if an OCE does not want to reply to you then umanu2

If case you have forgotten the Do’s and Don’ts. There are members that have. Remember:-Be yourself and tell it like it is,. Be courteous to other customers. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Update your community profile.
Anonymous
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@I8this

 

Unfortunately adding new posts has the potential to move the thread to the back of the OCE queue, which is why I had not added any more bumps.

 

What is probably need is for a "friendly" passing Community Star to recognise that a response is overdue and to escalate the thread to the OCE's workflow queue. Anyone prepared to do that ?

 

As there are some unique elements to the email I received it would be nice if an OCE at least acknowledged seeing the post. Hopefully not the start of a pattern, but if TT don't know about it then they cannot take any corrective action.

 

@StephenF@OCE_Ady@OCE_Karl

 

EDIT - guys as you are on line, any chance of flagging for an OCE ?

 

@Divsec@fr8ys@fre55die

fr8ys
Community Star

 Well known and widely reported scam.

 

Best to ignore it. I doubt it has anything to do with your recent contact with TalkTalk scammers spam email accounts.

 

I will escalate, but guess you already know the answer.

Please remember to mark Solved Posts with Best Answer. Doing so helps others and saves OCE's time to look at unsolved topics. Thanks, Steve.
Anonymous
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@fr8ys

 

Ok thanks.

 

But there was something different about the post I received.

 

It was to my current TalkTalk "My Account" email address. As far as I remember virtually all previously reports seemed to be for very old legacy accounts. And yes, it was just two days after contacting Live Chat (for the first time in over a year), more than likely a coincidence, but you never know.

 

TT widely advised people to check with "have I been pawned" to see where their email address had been harvest, my email address was not on the list, so according to that source at least had not been involved in any known hack.

 

I appreciate that the odds are that TT will not actively persue this report, but it is important (IMO) that they are aware of this scam to a "live" TT account address.

 

Wipro was denied for a long time by TT, how big a cheque did TT have to write for the ICO ?

 

Anonymous
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@fr8ys

 

Slightly strange .........

 

I obviously read and responded to your response (above), but I have not received any notification of your post, instead I received this :-

 

Hi umanu2,

The post A demand for bitcoins. was moved by fr8ys.

Reason:

Thanks, removed

Explanation:

 

 

Is that what is suppossed to happen when an Community Star escalates a thread and replies ?

 

Moved ? Removed? but no notificstion of a new post.

fr8ys
Community Star

You should get a second notification that I moved this back. 

 

I speed read it initially and thought it had been raised to me to remove as a scam.

 

On rereading, I realised my mistake and demonstrated it and replied accordingly.

 

Sorry for the confusion. But I'm pleased in some ways that the notification system does work!

Please remember to mark Solved Posts with Best Answer. Doing so helps others and saves OCE's time to look at unsolved topics. Thanks, Steve.
fre55die
Community Star

Hi @Anonymous 

 

I too received what sounds like the identical E-mail to one of my HOTMAIL accounts. This account has NEVER been linked in any way to TT so it's just a random thing.

If this has helped and solved your problem, please mark it as Best Answer so that OCE's or others do not spend time looking for alternatives.
Anonymous
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@fre55die wrote:

 

........ so it's just a random thing.


With zero proof that statement is way to "positive", "probably" would have been a more accurate statement.

 

No one in TT appears to knows what is going on at the forensic level, but if people don't highlight such things to TT they will have no way of ever knowing. And no ordinary customer on these forums knows how many similar reports are being made via TT's other communication channels.

 

But thanks again for your help.

Community Team

Hi @Anonymous

 

Thanks for flagging this, it has been previously reported multiple times (example below)

 

https://community.talktalk.co.uk/t5/Email-Webmail/HACKED-ACCOUNT/m-p/2298590#M107311

 

I personally received that Email to a Gmail account this has no link to anything to do with TalkTalk, and is only used for for my Amazon account. Simple solution is to ensure that all your security is up to date on all devices and delete it. 

 

Regards

Anonymous
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@OCE_Arne 

 

OK, many thanks for your response.

 

The content of your post is duly noted - I will leave matters with you.