The email message titled “Your account is being used by another person” is the latest phishing scam affecting lots of people. Thankfully, this email is a fake! Your email account, your computer and other devices have not been hacked.
There is one thing that it does to make itself appear real. It uses your own e-mail address as the “From” address, but do not be fooled. This phishing scam uses so-called “email spoofing”. Email spoofing is the creation of email messages with a forged sender address. Email spoofing has been around for a long time! Scammers use it in phishing attacks to force users into thinking they have received mail message from a friend or trusted person.
Cyber security specialists continue to receive reports of fraudulent e-mail messages. Here below is an example. Recent version demands $671 ransom payment (BTC Wallet is: 1GjZSJnpU4AfTS8vmre6rx7eQgeMUq8VYr).
Hi, stranger! I hacked your device, because I sent you this message from your account. If you have already changed your password, my malware will be intercepts it every time. You may not know me, and you are most likely wondering why you are receiving this email, right? In fact, I posted a malicious program on adults (pornography) of some websites, and you know that you visited these websites to enjoy (you know what I mean). While you were watching video clips, my trojan started working as a RDP (remote desktop) with a keylogger that gave me access to your screen as well as a webcam. Immediately after this, my program gathered all your contacts from messenger, social networks, and also by e-mail. What I've done? I made a double screen video. The first part shows the video you watched (you have good taste, yes ... but strange for me and other normal people), and the second part shows the recording of your webcam. What should you do? Well, I think $671 (USD dollars) is a fair price for our little secret. You will make a bitcoin payment (if you don't know, look for "how to buy bitcoins" on Google). BTC Address: 1GjZSJnpU4AfTS8vmre6rx7eQgeMUq8VYr (This is CASE sensitive, please copy and paste it) Remarks: You have 2 days (48 hours) to pay. (I have a special code, and at the moment I know that you have read this email). If I don't get bitcoins, I will send your video to all your contacts, including family members, colleagues, etc. However, if I am paid, I will immediately destroy the video, and my trojan will be destruct someself. If you want to get proof, answer "Yes!" and resend this letter to youself. And I will definitely send your video to your any 19 contacts. This is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not waste my personal and other people's time by replying to this email. Bye!
What to do when you receive “Your account is being used by another person” email scam
Here are some easy steps which you need to follow after receiving the email message to keep yourself safe.
- First, do not pay the cyber criminals.
- Do not panic.
- Mark the email as SPAM (junk mail)
- Avoid clicking links in email.
- Turn off or cover any web cams when you are not using them to prevent sex-based extortion schemes.
- Report any scams like these to the FBI.
- Scan your computer for malware
- Install an anti-phishing software
- If you receive an email that is similar but not the same as the example above, make sure you remove any personal info in this message, then post it as comment on this article.
How to scan your computer for malware and protect your PC from phishing scams
There are a few methods that can be used to scan your computer for malware and protect your system from phishing scams. Most cyber threat analysts states that Zemana Anti Malware, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) or HitmanPro tools are a right choice. These free applications are able to scan for and remove malware from your computer and protect your computer from phishing attacks.
- How to uninstall suspicious software through the Windows Control Panel
- How to detect and remove malware
- How to stay safe online
How to uninstall suspicious software through the Windows Control Panel
First method for manual malware is check out the Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed programs. We suggest to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious programs, they are the ones you need to remove.
First, click Windows button , then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed in the following example.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of apps installed on your computer. Once you have found a dubious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
How to detect and remove malware
If you are not expert at computer technology, then we recommend to run malware removal tool named “Zemana Anti Malware” (ZAM). Zemana Free highly recommended, because it can look for security threats such as key-loggers, spyware, adware and browser hijackers which most ‘classic’ antivirus apps fail to pick up on. Moreover, it does not need any drivers and special dlls. It’s probably easier to use than any alternative malware removal tools you have ever tried.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) for MS Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
When the download is complete, close all windows on your PC system. Further, open the setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Zemana Anti-Malware on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, Zemana Free will automatically launch and you can see its main window as displayed on the screen below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to start scanning your personal computer for malware and other security threats. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Zemana AntiMalware utility is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
When the scan is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will delete malware and other unwanted software. Once finished, you can be prompted to restart your machine.
How to stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your computer against phishing web-sites, malicious advertising and shady webpages, you need to run ad blocking program that blocks an access to harmful ads and malicious web pages. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of websites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
When the downloading process is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as shown on the screen below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick instructions which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your system, AdGuard will run automatically and stop unwanted ads, as well as phishing web-sites, other malicious or misleading webpages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.