allAgents caught up in porn scam blackmail bid – our readers are warned

A number of agents and industry suppliers yesterday received an email supposedly from reviews site allAgents and apparently blackmailing them over porn.

allAgents said it is investigating how this can have happened.

Any agent who has received the email that involves a blackmail demand for payment should disregard it.

The email is a scam. Do not click the link, do not send the email on to anyone, and do not make any payment.

Simply double delete it as soon as possible.

The scam is a well known one and there have been warnings in the press and from the police.

The recipients are told that there is a video clip of them and their behaviour while watching a porn site, which they are warned will be sent out to their contacts unless they pay a sum of money, usually in bitcoin.

The email is clearly a scam which most people thankfully recognise. However, it has caused enormous worry to some more vulnerable people – it has been associated with at least one suicide, and some people have been duped into making payments.

The twist is that this particular email seems to have very clearly come from allAgents.

Nothing about the threat is real: no one has any ‘film’ of anyone being on a porn site. No film will be sent to contacts. The fact that the email has been sent to individual email addresses only means that those addresses have been taken from an internet database.

The ‘allAgents’ email was doing the rounds yesterday, starting with the unpleasant message: “I really advise you to study this letter.”

A spokesperson for allAgents told EYE: “We are aware of an isolated incident involving spam emails being sent to a small number of contact lists on our standalone email-marketing suite.

“Other than the unsubscribe link, we are not aware of any emails that had malicious links in them. The outcome was that no one was ever at risk to any virus or malware.

“Whilst we strongly believe the majority of people will perceive the content as spam, allAgents would never intentionally send emails like this and would like to apologise to anyone who may have been concerned. We simply ask that anyone who has received one of these emails, to delete it.
“Whist our investigation is still ongoing,  it would  be inappropriate to comment any further.”

 

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15 Comments

  1. Eyereaderturnedposter12

    The recipients are told that there is a video clip of them and their behaviour while watching a porn site

    …I can’t think of anything less interesting than watching someone, watching porn…although given that many of the supposed recipients will be in Agency, it may not be the first time they’ve been sent an email regarding a well-appointed semi with an intermittently functioning water feature…it just isn’t usually their own…

     

    Thank you, I’ll be here all week 😉

     

     

     

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    1. craves69

      comment of the day without doubt!

       

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    2. WiltsAgent

      Made me smile on a wet Wednesday morning.

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    3. Trevor Gillham

      What about ‘Coming with 2 Acres’??

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  2. GeorgeOrwell

    It’s  hard  not to laugh a little (behave!)

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  3. dave_d

    Christ, PB PR has really kicked up a notch

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    1. WiltsAgent

      And made me laugh out loud!

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  4. MF

    I hope Allagents will be reporting this to the ICO within the required timeframe……

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    1. Dom_P

      To be fair to them, it may not be their internet database which these were sent to, and it’s easy enough to send an email and make it look like it came from a legitimate source and as such they may not have actually breached anything here.

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      1. MS8556

        They were compromised.  If you check the message headers of the email, the designation IP address is their email server IP address.

        Spoofing is common, but not in this instance.

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        1. Dom_P

          Fair enough 🙂

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  5. GeorgeHammond78

    In a separate email sent by allagents asking for payment to advertise on their site, Agents have been advised that this is also a complete scam which lacks any commercial value.

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  6. Robert May

    Did  this scam email go to everyone in the Allagents database or just to a few? What is the extent of the distribution?

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  7. MS8556

    Do you trust AllAgent’s not to let this happen again?  Should you block their emails completely?  It could’ve been so much worse.

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  8. AgentV

    When’s the Double D show for the Purple member fraternity turning up!

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