Here’s a good one!
Basically, a “hacker” is claiming to have breached your computer, your information and claims to have incriminating information about you – of course, said “hacker” will keep this all quiet if you pay thousands of dollars.
Actually, there is no “hacker”. This is just a template email, commonly used fpr quite some time.
What about the personal information in the email? Well, there have been so many security breaches that your information is likely very much out there. This information is for sale all over the dark web – they’ve trawled, or bought information and are trying to use it as leverage.
If a password that you commonly use is included in the “ransom note”, be sure to change your passwords immediately.
The New York Times does a nice little write up of this scam.