Today, our team has discovered a new scam that spreads via emails and uses threats to get a ransom. Over the past year, we have already written more than once about such email letters, for example here and here.
In principle, the message does not contain anything new. Most often, attackers use the following methods to create the pretense that they hacked a computer: attach the victim’s old password, send an email from the victim’s address, call themselves as famous hacker or group of hackers. In this case, scammers at the very beginning of the letter write:
this email has been sent from your email account, check the From: field!
That is, the attackers chose the second method, they created the appearance that the email letter was sent by them from the hacked mailbox. In fact, the scammers didn’t hack into the recipient’s mailbox, they just changed the ‘From’ field in the message header. That is, in other words, the fact that the email address of the victim is written in the Sender field does not mean at all that the mail address was hacked. Fraudsters often use this technique to trick recipients of a letter. It is called ‘Email Spoofing’ and you can read more about it here.
Text presented in the email scam:
Hi, this email has been sent from your email account, check the From: field!
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, that’s how this email has been sent, it was possible to see everything on your screen, turn on your camera or microphone and you wouldn’t even notice about it.
I collected all your private data and I RECORDED YOU (through your webcam) SATISFYING YOURSELF!
After that I removed my malware to not leave any traces.
I can send the video to all your contacts, post it on social network, publish it on the whole web, including the darknet, where the sick people are, I can publish all I found on your computer everywhere!
Only you can prevent me from doing this and only I can help you out in this situation.
Transfer exactly 900$ with the cryptocurrency DASH (DSH) to my DASH (DSH) address.
It’s a very good offer, compared to all that horrible shit that will happen if I publish everything!
Buy DASH (DSH) here: www.cex.io , www.binance.com , www.bitpanda.com , or Google for other exchanger.
Send the DASH (DSH) directly to my address, or download and install your hardware wallet EXODUS first from: www.exodus.io , or create your online wallet first here: www.cryptonator.com , www.freewallet.org and then send to mine.
My DASH (DSH) address is: ########################
Copy and paste my address, it’s (cAsE-sEnSEtiVE).
I give you 2 days to transfer the DASH (DSH).
As I got access to this email account, I will know if this email has already been read.
If you get this email multiple times, it’s to make sure you read it and after payment you can ignore it!
After receiving the payment, I will remove everything and you can life your live in peace like before.
Next time update your browser before browsing the web!
The rest of the message matches other similar letters. Attackers report that they installed malware on the victim’s computer. This virus allows them to completely control the computer. The hacker was able to access all the contacts of the victim and most importantly, he was able to record the video. Further, as usual, if the victim does not pay the ransom ($900), the video will be sent to all the stolen addresses and posted on the Internet.
|Name||‘This email has been sent from your email account’ Email Scam|
|Type||Phishing, Bitcoin Email Scam, Fraud, Scam|
|Distribution method||spam email campaigns|
|Removal||To remove This email has been sent from your email account virus our computer security experts recommend use the removal guide|
What to do when you receive “This email has been sent from your email account” Email Scam
If you received this email letter, those most important do not worry. Do not believe anything written in it. You can just delete it. If you use Google, Yahoo or another major provider, we recommend marking it as spam before deleting the message. These you will help the system, mark such messages as suspicious. In the future, they will automatically fall into the Spam section of your mailbox.
- First and foremost, do not panic.
- Do not pay the cyber criminals!
- Avoid clicking links in email.
- Use two-factor authentication wherever possible.
- It is a good idea to run a malware scan on all your devices to be sure that there is no malicious software installed.
How to scan your computer for malware
Despite the fact that the received message is a hoax, it will never be superfluous to make sure that there is no malware on the computer. If you do not have an antivirus, and this may be, we recommend downloading and installing. Nowadays it is very dangerous to use a computer that is not protected by an antivirus program. In addition, we recommend that you scan your computer using a tool that’s created to search for and remove malicious programs, as standart antivirus software can skip it.
We suggest using the Zemana AntiMalware. You may download and install this tool to detect and remove malware. When installed and updated, this malicious software remover automatically finds and removes all security threats exist on the system.
Click the link below to download Zemana setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your personal computer. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Start the install package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this tool on your computer.
During setup you can change certain settings, but we advise you do not make any changes to default settings.
When install is done, this malware removal utility will automatically launch and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for malware. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. When a malicious software, adware or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the checking is complete, a list of all items found is created. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
To sum up
We hope that this article has helped you calm down and learn more about this email scam. 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.