OK so I just received an email message in my personal Hotmail account. The person sending the email started out with "I know your password is xxxxxxxx (redacted here)" and then continued to threaten me by saying he/she had made fake videos of me watching porn and would send out those videos to all of my contacts in Hotmail and Facebook if I didn't immediately send him/her $896 USD.
The most interesting thing about this email is that the password is one that I do use, but only for one account: this one here at ExpertLaw. So it appears that this individual gleaned the information about me (my name, my email account address, and my password) from this very site.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this recently? Should I report the email to Hotmail? How? Should I report it to ExpertLaw? Does this post serve as a report?
(Note, I am no stranger to spam and scams - I get emails all the time ostensibly from PayPal and Bank of America demanding my social security number/bank account number - but this has kind of thrown me. Not the videos-of-me-watching-porn part, I'm a fat old bag who's never watched porn in her life, I'm sure such videos would give my friends a good laugh, but the password and email address thing. Something has been hacked and I fear said hacking may continue.)