Author's note: A couple weeks back I published a post about a scam letter I received by snail mail. I also made this type of scam the topic of my last newsletter, and the response to that newsletter was so positive that I am starting a new series of posts on tech-focused email scams.
The topic of today's post is a scam email that I have gotten through 3 different email addresses. It was also sent to a client this morning, which is another reason I started this new post series.
The email claims that your computer was hacked when you were visiting a porn site, and it might include one of your old passwords as proof. The beginning looks like this:
This account is hacked! It will be good idea to change the password immediately!
You might not heard about me and you really are probably surprised why you're getting this particular e-mail, proper?
I am ahacker who openedyour emailand OSseveral months ago.
Never make an attempt to get in touch with me or look for me, it's impossible, because I directed you this message from YOUR account that I've hacked.
I have created malware soft on the adult videos (porno) site ansuppose you have visited this site to have a good time (you realize what I mean).
When you have been paying attention to films, your browser began functioning like a RDP (Remote Control) with a keylogger that gave me authority to access your display and webcam.
The complete message is at the end of this post. Edit: It was setting off Chrome's security, so I removed it.
There are at least 5 different versions of this email floating around. They have slightly different text, but they all share similar bad formatting and spelling errors. All versions of this email falsely claim that you have been hacked, and they all demand that you send the scammer money via Bitcoin.
If you get one of these emails, just delete it. You were not hacked, and the scammer does not have any incriminating evidence.
The thing you should know about scam emails is that most are sent out indiscriminately. Not only is that deposed Nigerian prince asking for help of just about everyone, scam emails like that one even go out to email addresses that don't exist.
Yes, scammers are using random address generators to send emails to every possible address there is in the hopes that a few of their wild guesses will prove to be a valid email address (this is why you should never respond).
The reason I know the scammers are just guessing at email addresses is that my email server is set up to forward all-misaddressed emails to a junk folder so I can examine them (if someone tries to reach me through [email protected], I want to receive their message). As a result, I get to see the dozens of emails sent to addresses that don't exist and have never existed.
Or rather, my spam folders gets to see them; I don't even bother to open most of the scam emails any more.