As cyber criminals raise their level of cyberattacks, it is common to see the blackmail email scam “I sent you an email from your account” and be worried about your privacy.
This is a very creative attack by hackers and cyber criminals as the email states, “I sent you an email from your account”. The goal is to trick you into thinking that your device including computer and phone have been infected with malware. They then treatment to release your private information and make it public.
Unfortunately, the claim from the cybercriminals is fake as you have not been hacked as they email states. This is a simple attack from hackers trying nothing more than a scam trying to get you to send Bitcoins to these cyber criminals.
The black email scam “I sent you an email from your account” is also known as a “sextortion” email.
The black email scam reads as follows:
As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account. This means that I have full access to your account. I’ve been watching you for a few months now. The fact is that you were infected with njrat through an adult site that you visited. If you are not familiar with this, I will explain. Njrat gives me full access and control your device. This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it. I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence. I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched. With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks. I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use. If you want to prevent this, transfer the amount of 800 USD to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).
My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1F4fWnjTUK4Uvaa8Ew9pk7jurDXUBTGREX
After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again. I give you 48 hours to pay.
I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.
Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address. I do not make any mistakes.
If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.
Do they have my password?
In order to make their claim more credible, the cyber criminals may include a password in this email they have accessed from a database of emails and stolen passwords. They use these databases to scam millions of people out of funds using fear. Want to check your status online? You can use Haveibeenpwned to check if your email or password was compromised in a data breach.
Very important that is the password emailed to you is one that you still use, stop using it immediately and change it immediately. Cyber security professionals and managed IT services provider also highly recommended that you enable two-factor authentication for your email and online accounts whenever it is an option.
Should you pay the ransom?
According to Cyber Safe Canada and Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, you should never pay the ransom. If you pay the ransom, you are losing money and encouraging the cyber criminals to continue phishing other people as well as yourself. There have also been cases of cybercriminals accepting the payment and not releasing the data.
You have ransomware, what should you do now?
Ignore the blackmail email scam “I sent you an email from your account” email and delete it from your Inbox. You should also be careful that you have not downloaded any attachments or clicked on any links from this email as it can infect your computer immediately with malware.
If you are working with a good managed IT services provider, managed security services provider, or IT department, this should not be an issue.
If you do not have these resources, you can follow the links below to scan your device for malware and remove it for free.
- Scan and remove malware from Windows for free
- Scan and remove malware from Mac for free
- Scan and remove malware from Android for free
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