Received an Email From Your Own Address? Beware of the Extortion Scam

 

Email Extortion: Here is What You Should Do

Scam Detector has been receiving several messages in the last few days about a frightening situation coming via email. There is an extortion message going around threatening recipients with the release of personal, intimate information about themselves recorded on their computers. Have you received an email sent from your own email address? One in which the hacker says he’s been watching your online activities and asking you for a Bitcoin payment to avoid the blackmail? Let’s take a look at how the scam works.

Watch the video below to see the Email Extortion Scam exposed:

 

The scammer claims that has been recording all your activity online, including passwords of your bank accounts and visits on porn sites. The criminal then threatens to release the videos of you watching these pages and doing “related-activities” to all your family members and workmates, which he also detains through hacking your computer.

 

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Victims get seriously scared as this can ruin lives and careers, especially when they see that the message comes from their own email address! Did you get an email like this?

Here is the full content of the extortion email (grammar mistakes included), then we’ll explain how it was possible:

“Your account was hacked! Change the password right away! You probably do not heard about me and you are probably wanting to know for what reason you are receiving this message, is it right? I’m a hacker who cracked your email boxand digital devicesa few months ago.

You should not try to contact me or alternatively try to find me, it is hopeless, since I sent you a letter from YOUR hacked account.”

Then the criminal continues explaining how he supposedly did this:

“I’ve set up virus on the adult videos (porno) site and suppose you have visited this website to have some fun (you understand what I really mean). During you have been watching vids, your browser began functioning as a RDP (Remote Control) having a keylogger that provided me ability to access your monitor and network camera.

Next step, my software gathered all information. You wrote passcodes on the sites you visited, and I caught all of them. Surely, it’s possible to modify them, or have already modified them. Even so it doesn’t matter, my spyware renews it every time.

What I have done? I compiled a backup of your device. Of all the files and contact lists. I have managed to create dual-screen videofile. The 1st part shows the video you were watching (you have an interesting preferences, ahah…), and the second part demonstrates the movie from your own camera.”

Scary enough? He will then provide the call-to-action:

“What must you do? So, in my view, 1000 USD is basically a good price for this very little riddle. You will make the payment by bitcoins (in case you don’t know this, try to find “how to purchase bitcoin” in Google).

My bitcoin wallet address: 1AFW5FexjJNz39xugnw2NRNgMqCHDJSnqx (It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it). Attention: You will have 2 days to make the payment. (I built in an exclusive pixel in this email, and at this time I know that you’ve read this email).

To monitor the reading of a letterand the actions in it, I utilize a Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Anything that is applied for the authorities may also help us.) In the event I fail to get bitcoins, I shall undoubtedly offer your video files to each of your contacts, including family members, colleagues, etcetera?”

How to Avoid the Blackmailing Email Scam

Well, you can rest now. In this day and age, when technology advances very fast, there is a software that can replace the email address you use to send messages with any address you want to show. It does NOT hack that email address, it just allows the sender to choose what the recipient can see, meaning where it’s coming from. Esentially, if you send an email to your friend and want him/her to see that the message is coming from BarackObama@gmail.com, well, you can do that. Criminals just used the same trick, using your own address.

Ignore the email and go ahead with your day. Nothing will happen to you. Do not respond and definitely do not send them this article.

Here is another screenshot of a scammy email:

receiving emails from my own email address

 

Email Extortion: How To Report a Scammer

Warn your family and friends about the Email Extortion Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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C.E. Forman

I’ve gotten variations on these that include an old password I used to use (or sometimes with the first character accidentally cut off… D’oh!) I’m assuming the scammer obtained this information from one of the many recent data breaches and just used it to populate their outgoing messages in an effort to add realism to the scam. But it’s still nothing to worry about, unless you’re still using one of those passwords, in which case change them immediately.

Christine

This scammers are getting more sophisticated by the day. What software is use to commit this kind of scam. I’m finding it hard to believe this is actually possible.

Jean

here is what blackmail email i got: FINAL WARNING You have the final chance to save your social life – I am not kidding!! I give you the last 72 hou?s to make the ?ayment before I send the v?deo with your ?asturbation to all your friends and associates. The last time you visited a erot?c website with young teens, you downloaded and automatically installed the ?py software that I created. My program has turned on your c?mera and recorded the act of your ?asturbation and the v?deo you were watching while ?asturbating. My software also downloaded email contact list… Read more »

Peter

Here is what i got from the email address: everest@dctel.net – beware, is the same bullshit! If you are not familiar with this, I will explain. Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device. This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it. I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence. Why your antivirus did not detect malware? Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is… Read more »

Yunny

Here is another idiot blackmailer sending me the following email below, with the subject title "You got Recorded": Hey, I know your password is: Huckleberry2276 Your computer was infected with my malware, RAT (Remote Administration Tool), your browser wasn’t updated / patched, in such case it’s enough to just visit some website where my iframe is placed to get automatically infected, if you want to find out more – Google: "Drive-by exploit". My malware gave me full access and control over your computer, meaning, I got access to all your accounts (see password above) and I can see everything on… Read more »

Anne

I got this exact email. The sender revealed a password that was familiar (but not my email password). I knew it was a fraud because I had not been on any porn websites and I also keep black tape on the camera lens on my computer. I discovered that the only place I had used that password was for youtube. Perhaps youtube’s security has been compromised. I changed that password right away.
Thanks for the good job you are doing.

wpxprt@skynet

here is what i got: You’ve been hacked! Now we have all the information about you and your accounts: + all your logins and passwords from all accounts in payment systems, social. networks, e-mail, messengers and other services (cookies from all your browsers, i.e. access without a login and password to any of your accounts) + history of all your correspondence by e-mail, messengers and social. networks + all files from your PC (text, photo, video and audio files) Changing your username and password will not help, we will hack you again. Pay a ransom of $ 250 and you… Read more »

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