What is Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you EMAIL?
Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you is a new ‘sextortion’ scam that spreads through spam email campaigns. Sextortion is a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute private images, videos or other sensitive material if the victim don’t provide them with money.
The scammers claim that they obtained material compromising victims’ reputations as a result of a computer hack, email account hack, router hack, etc. It should be emphasized that any statements, claims and threats contained in the ‘sextortion’ scam emails are false. Therefore, the devices of the recipients of these emails have never been hacked, no one has stolen personal data or made any recordings (video).
- What is Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you EMAIL?
- Should you pay?
- What to do when you receive the email scam?
The “Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you” email informs that for several months now the sender has full access to the email recipient’s computer and other devices. The attacker claims to have installed a Trojan on the victim’s computer, which allowed him to take full control of the computer and record a video in which the victim masturbates while browsing adult websites. The sender threatens to send this video to the victim’s colleagues, relatives and friends if the ransom of $1750 is not paid. If the victim pays the required amount in Bitcoin, the hacker promises to remove the compromising video, as well as malware from all victim devices.
As stated above, the “Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you” message is just a sextortion email scam. All claims and threats made in this email are false. Therefore, recipients are not in danger, the email message and similar emails can be safely ignored.
Text presented in the “Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you” message:
Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you.
Around several months ago I have obtained access to your devices that you were using to browse internet.
Subsequently, I have proceeded with tracking down internet activities of yours.
Below, is the sequence of past events:
In the past, I have bought access from hackers to numerous email accounts (today, that is a very straightforward task that can be done online).
Clearly, I have effortlessly logged in to email account of yours (xxxxxxxx).
A week after that, I have managed to install Trojan virus to Operating Systems of all your devices that are used for email access.
Actually, that was quite simple (because you were clicking the links in inbox emails).
All smart things are quite straightforward. (>_<) The software of mine allows me to access to all controllers in your devices, such as video camera, microphone and keyboard. I have managed to download all your personal data, as well as web browsing history and photos to my servers. I can access all messengers of yours, as well as emails, social networks, contacts list and even chat history. My virus unceasingly refreshes its signatures (since it is driver-based), and hereby stays invisible for your antivirus. So, by now you should already understand the reason why I remained unnoticed until this very moment... While collecting your information, I have found out that you are also a huge fan of websites for adults. You truly enjoy checking out porn websites and watching dirty videos, while having a lot of kinky fun. I have recorded several kinky scenes of yours and montaged some videos, where you reach orgasms while passionately masturbating. If you still doubt my serious intentions, it only takes couple mouse clicks to share your videos with your friends, relatives and even colleagues. It is also not a problem for me to allow those vids for access of public as well. I truly believe, you would not want this to occur, understanding how special are the videos you love watching, (you are clearly aware of that) all that stuff can result in a real disaster for you. Let's resolve it like this: All you need is $1750 USD transfer to my account (bitcoin equivalent based on exchange rate during your transfer), and after the transaction is successful, I will proceed to delete all that kinky stuff without delay. Afterwards, we can pretend that we have never met before. In addition, I assure you that all the harmful software will be deleted from all your devices. Be sure, I keep my promises. That is quite a fair deal with a low price, bearing in mind that I have spent a lot of effort to go through your profile and traffic for a long period. If you are unaware how to buy and send bitcoins - it can be easily fixed by searching all related information online. Below is bitcoin wallet of mine: 17Ga9z9f3HFBafsmMq76NVsVX5r1CzxhaP You are given not more than 48 hours after you have opened this email (2 days to be precise). Below is the list of actions that you should not attempt doing: > Do not attempt to reply my email (the email in your inbox was created by me together with return address).
> Do not attempt to call police or any other security services. Moreover, don’t even think to share this with friends of yours. Once I find that out (make no doubt about it, I can do that effortlessly, bearing in mind that I have full control over all your systems) – the video of yours will become available to public immediately.
> Do not attempt to search for me – there is completely no point in that. All cryptocurrency transactions remain anonymous at all times.
> Do not attempt reinstalling the OS on devices of yours or get rid of them. It is meaningless too, because all your videos are already available at remote servers.
Below is the list of things you don’t need to be concerned about:
> That I will not receive the money you transferred.
– Don’t you worry, I can still track it, after the transaction is successfully completed, because I still monitor all your activities (trojan virus of mine includes a remote-control option, just like TeamViewer).
> That I still will make your videos available to public after your money transfer is complete.
– Believe me, it is meaningless for me to keep on making your life complicated. If I indeed wanted to make it happen, it would happen long time ago!
Everything will be carried out based on fairness!
Before I forget…moving forward try not to get involved in this kind of situations anymore!
An advice from me – regularly change all the passwords to your accounts.
Sextortion email scam is an old scam scheme – which try to guilt people into paying off someone claiming to have secretly recorded video or compromising information. Scammers use a database of stolen email credentials to send out scam emails to millions of people around the World. The messages are sent to email addresses exposed in previous known data breaches in which the user database (email address and/or password) was indexed online.
Should you pay?
The best advice is: Don’t pay the ransom! If you receive the sextortion email scam, just ignore the scammers’ empty threats. The best way to deal with the scam email is simply to move it to trash!
|Name||Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you SCAM|
|Type||Phishing, Bitcoin Email Scam, Fraud, Scam|
|Email subject line||You have an outstanding payment.|
|Ransom amount||$1750 (USD)|
|Distribution method||spam email campaigns|
|Removal||If you gets an email like Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you, our computer security experts recommend follow some easy steps below|
There are many variants of this scam, scammers constantly change the text of emails so that spam filters do not work. In addition, in some cases, criminals can translate the text of Sextortion emails into other languages, thus targeting a specific group of Internet users. Have you recently noticed that I have e-mailed you from your account, I am sorry to inform you that your device was compromised, and I know * is one of your password on day of hack. Lets get directly to the point. are other examples of Sextortion scam emails. Such emails are also often used to distribute ransomware, trojans, worms and other malware. Regardless of what is in the scam emails, scammers and the criminals behind them use these emails to generate profit by tricking the users, the recipients of these emails.
What to do when you receive the Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you SCAM
We advice to someone who gets this fraudulence message:
- Do not panic.
- Do not pay a ransom.
- If there’s a link in the scam email, do not click it, otherwise you could unwittingly install malware or ransomware on your computer.
- Report the email spam to the FTC at https://www.ftc.gov/
- Mark the “the Unfortunately, there are some bad news for you” email as SPAM/JUNK and delete it
- Scan your computer for malware.
- Install an anti-phishing software.
How to scan your computer for malware
If you suspect that your computer is infected with spyware, you accidentally clicked on a link in the scam email, or just want to scan your computer for malware, then use one of the best free malware removal tools. One of these utilities is Zemana Anti Malware. It is a lightweight utility which designed to use alongside your antivirus software, detecting and removing malicious software, adware and PUPs that other security tools miss. Zemana Anti Malware is easy to use, fast, does not use many resources and have great detection and removal rates.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of Zemana for Windows. Save it on your desktop.
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Update: July 16, 2019
When downloading is complete, close all programs and windows on your PC. Double-click the set up file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana on your PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana Anti Malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for malware. While Zemana is scanning the system, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
After Zemana completes the scan, It will display a screen which contains a list of malware that has been detected. Next, you need to click “Next” button. Zemana will start to remove malicious software. When finished, you may be prompted to restart the system.
If you are having issues with malware removal, then check out MalwareBytes. We recommend this free malware removal utility because it can easily delete trojans, spyware, browser hijackers, adware, potentially unwanted software and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries. Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware for Windows.
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Update: April 15, 2020
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware to remove malicious software.
How to protect yourself from phishing, malicious and misleading websites
If you want to protect yourself from phishing websites, then install an ad blocker program such as AdGuard. It can block malicious and misleading web sites, stop unwanted advertisements and popups when using the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Edge. So, if you like surf the Internet, and want to protect your computer from malicious web pages, then the AdGuard is your best choice.
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed 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 displayed on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block phishing, as well as other harmful or misleading websites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
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