Scam Email Alert
We have had reports come into us over the past months regarding this SPAM mailer attempting to scare users. This scam has been around for about 3 years, but has really seen a large increase since the Collection series of leaks (which you can read about in more detail here).
This scam email has the title:
“The decision to suspend your account. Waiting for payment.”
So this scam, attempts to convince you that the hacker has access to your computer and has downloaded all your search history, contacts & has installed malware on your computer – then is blackmailing you into paying up so they wont send pictures and information to your friends and family.
This is a sample of the emails, yours may look very similar:
Hello! I'm a programmer who cracked your email account and device about half year ago. You entered a password on one of the insecure site you visited, and I catched it. Of course you can will change your password, or already made it. But it doesn't matter, my rat software update it every time. Please don't try to contact me or find me, it is impossible, since I sent you an email from your email account. Through your e-mail, I uploaded malicious code to your Operation System. I saved all of your contacts with friends, colleagues, relatives and a complete history of visits to the Internet resources. Also I installed a rat software on your device and long tome spying for you. You are not my only victim, I usually lock devices and ask for a ransom. But I was struck by the sites of intimate content that you very often visit. I am in shock of your reach fantasies! Wow! I've never seen anything like this! I did not even know that SUCH content could be so exciting! So, when you had fun on intime sites (you know what I mean!) I made screenshot with using my program from your camera of yours device. After that, I jointed them to the content of the currently viewed site. Will be funny when I send these photos to your contacts! And if your relatives see it? BUT I'm sure you don't want it. I definitely would not want to ... I will not do this if you pay me a little amount. I think $733 is a nice price for it! I accept only Bitcoins. My BTC wallet: 18cFCmESfC6PKn8LL6HPbtK2EWLLdsryXp If you have difficulty with this - Ask Google "how to make a payment on a bitcoin wallet". It's easy. After receiving the above amount, all your data will be immediately removed automatically. My virus will also will be destroy itself from your operating system. My Trojan have auto alert, after this email is looked, I will be know it! You have 2 days (48 hours) for make a payment. If this does not happen - all your contacts will get crazy shots with your dirty life! And so that you do not obstruct me, your device will be locked (also after 48 hours) Do not take this frivolously! This is the last warning! Various security services or antiviruses won't help you for sure (I have already collected all your data). Here are the recommendations of a professional: Antiviruses do not help against modern malicious code. Just do not enter your passwords on unsafe sites! I hope you will be prudent. Bye.
With this scam, the fraudsters are trying to catch the low hanging fruit and do not have access to your account. The emails will appear to come from your email address – this is not the case, the hackers have used a technique called “Spoofing” to mask the real email address and make it look like it came from yours
What they are doing is using information collected in hackers data files on the internet that come from a recent or hack on an application or just a general list of email addresses that have been gathered from many many different lists over the years.
These lists files contain email addresses from which scammers and spammers use to trick people into giving them money.
The email lists a “Bitcoin Wallet” address for you to send money to.
DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY.
We recommend that you delete or ignore the email.
If you have received any spam email like this – please let us know on our Facebook Group
If you do suffer from a hacked account, read more on your next steps on our advice article here.