This week, cyber threat analysts has received reports of yet another Bitcoin blackmail scam. The body of this scam contained the following: “You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e mail, right?“, the subject line of this scam is “Security Alert!“. Like before, this bitcoin blackmail scam spreads via spam emails. The spam is sent out to thousands of emails at a time.
Example of the Bitcoin blackmail scam email:
Security Alert! You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e mail, right? I'm a hacker who cracked your email and devices a few months ago. Do not try to contact me or find me, it is impossible, since I sent you an email from YOUR hacked account. I setup a malware on the adult vids (porno) web-site and guess what, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out functioning as a RDP (Remote Control) having a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your screen and web cam. after that, my software program obtained all of your contacts from your Phone, Messenger and email. You entered a passwords on the websites you visited, and I intercepted it. Of course you can will change it, or already changed it. But it doesn't matter, my malware updated it every time. What did I do? I backuped phone. All photo, video and contacts. I created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you've got a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the recording of your web cam. exactly what should you do? Well, in my opinion, $1000 (USD) is a fair price for our little secret. You'll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google). My Bitcoin wallet Address: 15o3nsrxKKJ5JK4w1WL5YpucWRauyWDGaF (It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it) Important: You have 48 hour in order to make the payment. (I've a unique pixel in this e mail, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email message). To track the reading of a message and the actions in it, I use the facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Everything that is used for the authorities can help us.) More you can find out by the link. https://www.facebook.com/business/help/898185560232180?helpref=faq_content If I do not get the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so on. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I'll destroy the video immidiately. If you need evidence, reply with "Yes!" and I will certainly send out your video recording to your 6 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, that being said don't waste my personal time and yours by responding to this message.
This email is a typical fake blackmail scam. Someone claims that he captured video of you while you visited adult video sites, then threats to send the video to everyone in your contact lists, if you do not pay a $1000 (USD) ransom in Bitcoins. Scammers sent this scam out to thousands of emails in the hope of tricking a least a few people into sending the requested ransom.
If you receive this blackmail scam, just ignore the scammers’ empty threats. The best way to deal with the scam email is simply to move it to trash!
How to protect yourself from “You may not know me” blackmail scam
- Don’t panic.
- Do not pay the ransom.
- Do not reply.
- Report it to the FBI
- Mark the email as JUNK (SPAM)
- Scan your PC for any malware as a precaution.
How to scan your computer for malware
Zemana Free is an extremely fast utility to scan your computer for malware. It also deletes ransomware, trojans, malware and ad-supported software from your computer. It improves your system’s performance by deleting potentially unwanted apps.
Installing the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) is simple. First you’ll need to download Zemana Free on your MS Windows Desktop from the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the screen below.
When the setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) on your system.
Once install is finished, you will see window as displayed below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for malware and other security threats. This task can take some time, so please be patient. While the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) utility is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
After the scan is finished, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will show a screen which contains a list of malware that has been detected. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will remove malware and other kinds of potential threats.
How to stay safe online
Run ad blocking program like the AdGuard in order to stop phishing pages, unwanted advertisements, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install malicious and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons that affect your system performance and impact your system security. Browse the World Wide Web anonymously and stay safe online!
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the screen 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 guide as shown on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted ads, phishing pages, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. 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 is located on your desktop.