Your own address sends you a hacker threat demanding a ransom in bitcoin
Did you just receive an email from your own address? Strange you say to me. But that’s not all. A hacker seems to have hacked into your computer. And the content of this email looks like a threat.
The latter then claims to have programmed a virus that you would have caught by visiting a compromised pornographic site.
Then he says he has a video of you and is able to broadcast it to all your contacts. To avoid this, he therefore asks you to pay a ransom in bitcoin.
A rapidly growing scam
This type of email is a scam attempt. Indeed, everything in this email is fake. No, a hacker did not hack into your computer. No, it doesn’t know that you visit porn sites.
This is spam, an email sent to thousands of people. The scammers hope that one internet user will panic more than the others and pay.
It is technically not very difficult for others to send an e-mail by displaying your e-mail address.
Then the scammers will dig into a hacked database for your password. They then write a threatening email and voila.
Besides, unless you haven’t changed your password for several years, the one that scammers display in their threatening email is probably outdated.
An example of a threat email from my email address
Have you recently noticed that I have e-mailed you from your account?
Yes, this simply means that I have total access to your device.
For the last couple of months, I have been watching you.
Still wondering how is that possible? Well, you have been infected with malware originating from an adult website that you visited. You may not be familiar with this, but I will try explaining it to you.
With help of the Trojan Virus, I have complete access to a PC or any other device.
This simply means I can see you at any time I wish to on your screen by simply turning on your camera and microphone, without you even noticing it. In addition, I have also got access to your contacts list and all your correspondence.
You may be asking yourself, “But my PC has an active antivirus, how is this even possible? Why didn’t I receive any notification?” Well, the answer is simple: my malware uses drivers, where I update the signatures every four hours, making it undetectable, and hence keeping your antivirus silent.
I have a video of you wanking on the left screen, and on the right screen – the video you were watching while masturbating.
Wondering how bad could this get? With just a single click of my mouse, this video can be sent to all your social networks, and e-mail contacts.
I can also share access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.
All you have to do to prevent this from happening is – transfer bitcoins worth $1450 (USD) to my Bitcoin address (if you have no idea how to do this, you can open your browser and simply search: “Buy Bitcoin”).
My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
After receiving a confirmation of your payment, I will delete the video right away, and that’s it, you will never hear from me again.
You have 2 days (48 hours) to complete this transaction.
Once you open this e-mail, I will receive a notification, and my timer will start ticking.
Any attempt to file a complaint will not result in anything, since this e-mail cannot be traced back, same as my bitcoin id.
I have been working on this for a very long time by now; I do not give any chance for a mistake.
If, by any chance I find out that you have shared this message with anybody else, I will broadcast your video as mentioned above.