We have hacked your website and extracted your databases.

{Not really…it’s just another stupid scam. But it sounds ominous and gets your attention.}

How did this happen?
{Well, you found my email address and sent me a stupid scam in hopes of scaring me.}

Our team has found a vulnerability within your site that we were able to exploit. After finding the vulnerability we were able to get your database credentials and extract your entire database and move the information to an offshore server.
{Nope, never happened, but some people might fall for it.}

What does this mean?
{Means you are trying to scam me.}

We will systematically go through a series of steps of totally damaging your reputation. First your database will be leaked or sold to the highest bidder which they will use with whatever their intentions are. Next if there are e-mails found they will be e-mailed that their information has been sold or leaked and your site was at fault thusly damaging your reputation and having angry customers/associates with whatever angry customers/associates do. Lastly any links that you have indexed in the search engines will be de-indexed based off of blackhat techniques that we used in the past to de-index our targets.
{Sounds scary…but I’ll call your bluff as total BS.}

How do I stop this?
{Not responding to this message is one way to stop it.}

We are willing to refrain from destroying your site’s reputation for a small fee. The current fee is $1150(USD) in bitcoins (BTC).
{Oh what a bargain…but, I’ll pass.}

Send the bitcoin to the following Bitcoin address (Copy and paste as it is case sensitive):
{I hope he’s holding his breath waiting for me.}

Once you have paid we will automatically get informed that it was your payment. Please note that you have to make payment within 5 days after receiving this notice or the database leak, e-mails dispatched, and de-index of your site WILL start!
{Yeah whatever…still not complying.}

How do I get Bitcoins?
{Do I care? No!}

You can easily buy bitcoins via several websites or even offline from a Bitcoin-ATM. We suggest you coinmama.com or https://buy.coingate.com/ for buying bitcoins.
{Easily huh? Yeah I don’t see it happening.}

What if I don’t pay?
{Yeah, what if I don’t pay.}

If you decide not to pay, we will start the attack at the indicated date and uphold it until you do, there’s no counter measure to this, you will only end up wasting more money trying to find a solution. We will completely destroy your reputation amongst google and your customers.
{I’ve already decided not to pay…attack, go ahead…I call your bluff.}

This is not a hoax, do not reply to this email, don’t try to reason or negotiate, we will not read any replies. Once you have paid we will stop what we were doing and you will never hear from us again!
{When people say it’s not a hoax, it usually is.}

Please note that Bitcoin is anonymous and no one will find out that you have complied.
{Yeah and no one will be able to help get your money back if you pay these scammers either.}

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