Phishing Alert: (Subject varies) Extortion emails with name and password increasing at U-M.

Many U-M community members received this email on the date below. This message is not from U-M. Do not respond, do not click on any link, and immediately delete it.

  • If you have already clicked on the link and entered any personal information—including your UMICH password—immediately change your password AND contact 4-HELP. An ITS Service Representative will check your account for any malicious activity that may already have been carried out by the sender of the phishing message.
  • If you have any concern that your email account may be compromised, contact 4-HELP.
Date Sent: 
Monday, October 1, 2018

[Note that this scam email often has a subject or elements in the message customized to the recipient, such as a name and password you have used online. Do not let the inclusion of this information fool you. See the Information Assurance notice Extortion emails increasing at U-M for additional details about this scam. Actual names and passwords, as well as the bitcoin payment address of the scammer, have been replaced in this example.]

[an old password] is one of your pass, correct? I am [name]. I recorded your cam showing your immoral sexual doings & clip you watched using my backdoor which was running on the site you watched the porno video. In the tape you really are looking stunning.

Your mail and Facebook contacts were subsequently sent to me by my malware.

I will email your recording to your contacts unless you pay me 7000 USD via Bit coin within the next 36 hours to the below address:
B I T C O I N Address: 1234BITCOINADDRESS
Make sure to Copy & Paste address because it is case sensitive.

Once I get the money, I will destroy your recording and every other information I have about you.

If I don't get the money, I will send your recording to every contact of yours. Just consider about the humiliation you will see. and consequently in case you are in a romantic relationship, exactly how it will affect?

If you want proof? Reply "Yes", & I will send your recording to seven of your email contactsinstantly.

Yours truly
[name]