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Kilkis
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New Scam

Postby Kilkis » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:42 pm

I have recently come across a scam that I have not seen before. I received an email that appears to have been sent from my own email account. It claims that they have hacked my email account and also hacked my computer, using a virus embedded on a pornographic web site. They claim to be in control of my PC, my web cam and to have installed key loggers that record everything I type. They demand payment of $1,000 in bitcoin or they will send pornographic images of what I was watching, together with web cam images of what I was doing while I was watching them, to everyone in my email address book. It is all nonsense. Firstly I don't spend my time watching pornographic web sites. Secondly I use Thunderbird as my email client and that has a capability to view the message header. I presume other email clients have a similar capability. When I use that it is clear that the email did not come from my email account and simply spoofed my address as the from field. Don't panic if you receive such messages and don't respond in any way.

Many people have had their email addresses recorded by hackers who hacked into Yahoo. If you have ever sent an email to or received an email from anybody with a Yahoo email account, or an email account at a company hosted by Yahoo, e.g. BTInternet, then hackers probably have your email address and it has probably been sold on to millions of other hackers. I'm afraid there is nothing you can do about it other than be aware of it and expect to receive all sorts of stupid emails from them. Just be careful and think about what you have received before clicking on anything or responding in any way. For example an email containing a link may appear to come from one of your contacts BUT the address after the @ is different. It is not from your contact.

Warwick

PS If you do spend your time watching pornographic sites then the threat may be real?

peebee
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Re: New Scam

Postby peebee » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:43 am

Been getting them for months, sometimes 3 or 4 a day as I own the domain name - all straight in waste basket.

YoMo2
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Re: New Scam

Postby YoMo2 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:50 am

The worrying thing is that, presumably, they are making money at this.

Andrew

PS. I don't have a webcam.

filippos
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Re: New Scam

Postby filippos » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:32 am

Like peebee I've been getting these for months but use a mail protection program, Mailwasher. Like Warwick I've apparently been spamming myself from places like Kazakhstan (.kz) and one of the UK banks I use apparently has its mail servers in Oregon. I also received the same blackmail threat as Warwick about a month ago and, like him, I don't view porn and they couldn't be "watching" me as I don't have a webcam and my anti-malware detects key loggers and quarantines them until I delete them.

Much of this rubbish comes from a variety of the large number of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) like .business, .fun, .trade, .win, .bid, dozens of others and a variety of countries. A user of the Mailwsher has created a filter that automatically blocks any mail from a domain that a user designates by adding the TLD to the filter.

Mailwasher lets me look at all header information, and much more, on my service provider's mail servers before I even download the mail so it never reaches my system. I can check the sender's IP number, find the location within a few miles and a lot more besides. I've just received an offer of a Tactical Flashlight from the domain "evataclight.xyz", located in Tulsa so I'll add .xyz to the filter and won't see another mail from anyone using any_name.xyz.

Works for me.

filippos
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Re: New Scam

Postby filippos » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:42 am

YoMo2 wrote:The worrying thing is that, presumably, they are making money at this.
Andrew

I don't worry as they aren't making money from me. Most scams are patently obvious, like HMRC claiming, in an e-mail sent from Uzbekistan, that they owe you a refund or claiming that you owe several thousand in back taxes. "Just click the link and............"

peebee
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Re: New Scam

Postby peebee » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:31 am

filippos wrote:Like peebee I've been getting these for months but use a mail protection program, Mailwasher

Yep, used Mailwasher for around 15 years now, great little programme.


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