Perhaps, you are one of many people who got the email with subject This is my last warning. This is a scam, similar to the “You may not know me Bitcoin blackmail scam, I mentioned a few months ago.
Lots of people had received these emails from someone claiming to have hacked their computer and email box. The scammers threatened to send “masturbation video” — to all of their email and social networking contacts unless they paid a ransom ($2000 to bitcoin address
3PL3QdkAh5ButBPQ4mPqd5KVuQr7fLBryv). The wording varies to some extent, but the email looks something like this:
From: Anonymous Hacker - Lekisha Subject: This is my last warning *** LAST WARNING *** You have the last chance to save your social life - I am not kidding!! I give you the last 72 hours to make the payment before I send the video with your masturbation to all your friends and associates. The last time you visited a erotic website with young Teens, you downloaded and installed the software I developed. My program has turned on your camera and recorded your act of Masturbation and the video you were masturbating to. My software also downloaded all your email contact lists and a list of your Facebook friends. I have both the 'Public.mp4' with your masturbation and a file with all your contacts on my hard drive. You are very perverted! If you want me to delete both files and keep your secret, you must send me Bitcoin payment. I give you the last 72 hours. If you don't know how to send Bitcoins, visit Google. Send 2000 USD to this Bitcoin address immediately: 3PL3QdkAh5ButBPQ4mPqd5KVuQr7fLBryv (copy and paste) 1 BTC = 3470 USD right now, so send exactly 0.583654 BTC to the address above. Do not try to cheat me! As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it. This Bitcoin address is linked to you only, so I will know if you sent the correct amount. When you pay in full, I will remove both files and deactivate my software. If you don't send the payment, I will send your masturbation video to ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your contact list I hacked. Here are the payment details again: Send 0.583654 BTC to this Bitcoin address: ---------------------------------------- 3PL3QdkAh5ButBPQ4mPqd5KVuQr7fLBryv ---------------------------------------- You саn visit the police but nobody will help you. I know what I am doing. I don't live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous. Don't try to deceive me - I will know it immediately - my spy ware is recording all the websites you visit and all keys you press. If you do - I will send this ugly recording to everyone you know, including your family. Don't cheat me! Don't forget the shame and if you ignore this message your life will be ruined. I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment. Lekisha Anonymous Hacker P.S. If you need more time to buy and send 0.583654 BTC, open your notepad and write '48h plz'. I will consider giving you another 48 hours before I release the vid, but only when I really see you are struggling to buy bitcoin.
Should you pay? The best advice is: Don’t pay the ransom.
The “This is my last warning” email is a phishing spam. It is based on the fact that:
- the email has been sent to countless people like any other widespread email spam
- the fraudulent message have the “spam” style grammar
- computer security professionals has determined that these emails attempts to force users into paying the requested ransom and that no actual video exists
What to do when you receive the “This is my last warning” email scam
If you have received the “This is my last warning” email scam, just ignore the scammers’ empty threats. The best way to deal with the scam email is follow some easy steps listed below!
- Do not panic.
- Do not pay the ransom.
- Do not respond to the email spam.
- Mark the email as junk (SPAM mail)
- Avoid clicking links in email.
- Cover over your computer’s cam and add a micblock to the microphone port.
- Report any scams like these to the FBI’s (Crime Complaint Center).
- 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. It will help our team monitor the latest scams.
How to scan your PC for any malware
Many antivirus companies have developed programs that help detect malware. Below is a a few of tools that will help you remove malware for free. We suggest try Zemana Anti-malware, MalwareBytes, HitmanPro or other malware remover which listed below.
We recommend using the Zemana. You may download and install Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) to scan for and remove malware from your computer. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC system.
Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: February 14, 2019
After downloading is finished, start it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana AntiMalware will try to update itself and when this procedure is complete, click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your computer for the malware related files, folders and registry keys.
This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. In order to remove all threats, simply press “Next” button.
How to protect yourself from phishing web-sites
If you surf the Net, you can’t avoid phishing web-site and malvertising. But you can protect your web browser against it. Download and run an ad blocking program. AdGuard is an ad blocking which can filter out a ton of of the malvertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading malicious content.
- AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop unwanted popup ads, block phishing, malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon called AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.