Email extortion from an order I placed last year.

M77

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you are the best judge of what is in your best interest in these matters and not anyone else. "best practice" regarding the nature of the internet/forums/IoT's... is you can safely assume wherever you post, write, upload or otherwise reveal information it is not dissimilar to taking out space on the front page of the nyt. with that in mind, see rule 1, i.e. never tell anyone anything you don't want them to know. with that said you might devise an approach that divulges as little specifics and does not reflect on you as an individual. barring that i'd not post. regarding the iop, smart money is they would have probably played the card if they had it. additionally i presume you have taken steps to shore up your defenses and not relied on their better natures.
for my part, a couple of vendors have taken a run at me with not dissimilar malfeasance, public reveal threats etc. coming from essentially drug traffickers i didn't lose sleep. give that some thought and i'm certain you will divine why. then, that's me and not you. i'm not asking you to jeopardize yourself and nobody here should either.
Reminds me of Deniro’s line in The Irishman. “3 people can only keep a secret, when 2 of them are dead.”
 

MRNUTTY

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I used to look up all the scam numbers that called to find out, yeah, they're a scam. Now I just block everything that's not in my contact - unless I'm expecting a new phone number to call. You literally can't do anything else these days without getting interrupted by a scam - work or home.
 

hooosier1

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I agree with what has been said here. Under no circumstances should you ever pay these people. They are breaking the law, plain and simple. To be safe, you can send out a pre-preemptive hack email to your contacts, just in case they actually go through with it. You could also respond and say you have referred their email to the police and prosecutor. If you ever get called just tell them that you will press charges. These people try to exploit. Fire back and do not ever pay.
 

theshahofiran

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I used to look up all the scam numbers that called to find out, yeah, they're a scam. Now I just block everything that's not in my contact - unless I'm expecting a new phone number to call. You literally can't do anything else these days without getting interrupted by a scam - work or home.
Ditto, well said.
 

hooosier1

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I like that idea. Never answer a number you don’t know. If they leave a message then you can decide if it is worth taking too. I like the block idea!! Thanks for sharing.
 

Raspberry

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I never answer numbers I don't know, unless I am expecting a call. How can they extort you if you don't answer the phone? On the few occasions I accidentally answered when it was someone I didn't want to talk to, I just say, "Oh wait, I've gotta go" as if I am in the middle of an emergency. Or I might say " I am driving, can't talk now, bye... That way, you aren't strictly hanging up in case there is something legit about the people you might not want to talk to.

I once knew someone who was addicted to porn and got extorted for thousands of dollars or they would 'tell'.. He was young and didn't know better, but thought he was bad. Eventually he told his parents or some relative and they helped him. Sad story with a happy ending.
 

Cassius Star

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I've never dealt with anything quite like this, aside from a computer that got hacked due to ransomware. Good thing it was an old junk PC that I wasn't using much anyway. But still, it's messed up that people do this. I especially feel for the elderly who have to deal with scammers like this.

I've had a fair share of scam emails, but I always ignore them.
 
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