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Email scam: Fake hacker email

Difficulty: Beginner

Overview

Scammers are currently sending emails claiming they have hacked your computer/phone. These emails typically mention that the hacker has access to your device and have been watching your browsing activities. The email typically includes a password that you have used in the past. The email then continues on to say the hacker is going to blackmail you by sending a video of you to all of your contacts and payment should be via Bitcoins to avoid this.

Below is an example of the email:

Subject:you@email-address.com.au password is Password1234
Hello

I am the hacker who cracked your email as well as device a couple of weeks back.
You typed in your pwd on one of the web pages you visited, and I intercepted it.
Here is the security password ofyou@email-address.com.auupon time of compromise: Password1234
Clearly one can will change it, or already changed it.
But it won't change anything, my own malicious software updated it each and every time.
Do not try to contact me or find me, it is impossible, since I sent this mail from your email account.
Through your own email address, I uploaded malware code to your Operation System.
I saved all of your contacts with buddies, fellow workers, family members and also a full record of visits to the World wide web resources.
Furthermore I installed a Trojan on your system.
You are not my only target, I usually lock personal computers and ask for the ransom.
However I was struck through the web-sites of close content material that you typically stop by.
I am in great shock of your current fantasies! I have never ever noticed anything at all like this!
So, when you had fun on piquant sites (you know what I mean!) I created screenshot with using my program through your camera of yours system.
Following that, I combined them to the content of the currently viewed site.
Now there is going to be fun when I send these shots to your associates!
Nonetheless I believe you wouldn't want that.
For that reason, I expect to have payment from you for my quiet.
I think $900 is an appropriate price with regard to it!
Pay with Bitcoin.
My Bitcoin wallet address: 1Evt8FYLXavkndQKSxt5v6YUyS1EAoXU7v
If you do not really understand how to do this - enter in to Google 'how to send money to the bitcoin wallet'. It is easy.
Immediately after receiving the given amount, all your info will be instantly destroyed automatically. My malware will also get rid of itself out of your operating system.
My Trojan viruses have auto alert, so I know when this specific e mail is opened.
I give you two days (Forty eight hours) for you to make the payment.
In case this does not happen - every your connections will get insane photos from your dark secret life and your device will be blocked as well after two days.
Do not be foolish!
Cops or friends won't support you for sure ...
p.s I can offer you recommendation for the future. Do not key in your passwords on risky internet sites.
I hope for your wisdom.
Goodbye.

To find how your password was breached/leaked you can visit https://haveibeenpwned.com which allows you to search for breached/leaked passwords via your email address.

If you receive this email, it is a scame and your device(s) have not been hacked. Simply delete the email.

Conetix recommends updating any passwords you have that resemble the one sent in the email. As the passwords have been gathered from various data breaches that have happened to other companies over the years, you may find that the password in the email is still in use. 

If you would like to know more about securing your password, please have a look at our article: Secure Passwords: Why They're Important

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