Here’s a scam email going around, claiming it sent the email to me from my own account, which is not true, this fake way to send emails is called SPOOFING and is a common spam tactic.
It claims to know my email password but the password they mention is not from my email, It is from very old website accounts like stackskills.com (other hacked sites include Edurilla.com and escapemotions.com/gallery), these websites had a data breach, the scammers probably did not have the skill to hack them, but just bought a list of data from the dark web so they could try this blackmail scam and try to scare people by revealing a password, this is a form of “Social Engineering”.
It also claims to have recorded me on webcam visiting an adult website, which is another scare tactic as many people do visit these sites and don’t protect their webcam. Unfortunately it seems this scam has already netted some victims, although all the claims in the scam email are false, some people apparently believed it as it appears their Bitcoin (BTC) account has received several of the ransom fees they nominated.
Here is one of dozens of similar scam emails;
I have very bad news for you.
03/08/2018 – on this day I hacked your OS and got full access to your account
On this day your account email@example.com has password: ywftrocks
So, you can change the password, yes.. But my malware intercepts it every time.
How I made it:
In the software of the router, through which you went online, was a vulnerability.
I just hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it.
When you went online, my trojan was installed on the OS of your device.
After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).
A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a not big amount of btc to unlock.
But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and I was shocked by what I saw!!!
I’m talk you about sites for adults.
I want to say – you are a BIG pervert. Your fantasy is shifted far away from the normal course! [lol]
And I got an idea….
I made a screenshot of the adult sites where you have fun (do you understand what it is about, huh?).
After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and glued them together.
Turned out amazing! You are so spectacular!
I’m know that you would not like to show these screenshots to your friends, relatives or colleagues.
I think $880 is a very, very small amount for my silence.
Besides, I have been spying on you for so long, having spent a lot of time!
Pay ONLY in Bitcoins!
My BTC wallet: 1GR7rJfntdcbfhKT1s33RDby4z5ex1ou4Z
You do not know how to use bitcoins?
Enter a query in any search engine: “how to replenish btc wallet”.
It’s extremely easy
For this payment I give you a little over two days (exactly 55 hours).
As soon as this letter is opened, the timer will work.
After payment, my virus and dirty screenshots with your enjoys will be self-destruct automatically.
If I do not receive from you the specified amount, then your device will be locked, and all your contacts will receive a screenshots with your “enjoys”.
I hope you understand your situation.
– Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data, files and screenshots is already uploaded to a remote server)
– Do not try to contact me (you yourself will see that this is impossible, I sent this email from your account)
– Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help, since your data is already on a remote server.
P.S. You are not my single victim. so, I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment!
This is the word of honor hacker [lol]
This email scam is popular now, it’s a psychological threat that seems to hit people’s soft spots.
List of scammer BTC wallet (bitcoin) collected from scam emails: