I've hacked your email scam and your password is (some valid password that you have used in the past)
Over the past year or so, I've received several emails with the subject made up of one of my email addresses and a password that I have used in the past.
Here's an example of one such email:
I will cut to the chase. I know xxxxxxx is your pass word. More importantly, I know your secret and I've evidence of it. You don't know me personally and no one paid me to investigate you. It's just your hard luck that I came across your bad deeds. Actually, I setup a malware on the adult videos (porno) and you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were busy watching videos, your internet browser began functioning as a Rdp (Remote desktop) that has a keylogger which provided me with accessibility to your display screen as well as web cam. Right after that, my software program gathered all of your contacts from your messenger, facebook, and mailbox. I then gave in more time than I should have investigating into your life and generated a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were watching and 2nd part shows the capture of your web cam (its you doing dirty things). Honestly, I am ready to forget everything about you and let you move on with your daily life. And I am about to present you two options that may make it happen. The above choices with the idea to ignore this letter, or perhaps pay me $ 2700. Let’s understand above 2 options in more detail. First Option is to ignore this e-mail. You should know what will happen if you take this path. I definitely will send out your video to your entire contacts including friends and family, co-workers, and so on. It does not protect you from the humiliation your family will need to feel when relatives and buddies find out your sordid details from me. Other Option is to make the payment of $ 2700. We’ll call this my “confidentiality charges”. Here is what will happen if you choose this path. Your secret will remain your secret. I will destroy the video immediately. You move on with your routine life that none of this ever occurred. At this point you must be thinking, “I will go to the cops”. Without a doubt, I have taken steps to ensure this mail cannot be tracked back to me and yes it will not steer clear of the evidence from destroying your lifetime. I'm not planning to dig a hole in your pocket. I just want to be compensated for my efforts I put in investigating you. Let's hope you've decided to produce pretty much everything go away and pay me the confidentiality fee. You'll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don't know how, search "how to buy bitcoins" in google) Transfer Amount: $ 2700 Send To This Bitcoin Address: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Delete * from it and note it carefully) Share with no-one what will you be utilising the Bitcoins for or they may not sell it to you. The procedure to get bitcoins will take a day or two so do not delay. I've a special pixel in this e mail, and at this moment I know that you've read this email message. You have two days to make the payment. If I don't get the BitCoin, I will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, and many others. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Having said that, if I do get paid, I'll destroy the video immediately. It is a non-negotiable offer, so don't ruin my time & yours. Your time is running out. Please note that, my software will be recording the actions you are taking when you are done reading this message. Let me tell you If you try to act smart I will send out your sextape to your members of your family, colleagues even before your time ends.
Now, I wasn't born yesterday, and have seen my share of scams over the years. To date, I can't recall having fallen for any of them.
The problem, however, is that it was sent using a valid email address with a password that I recognized as one that I had used in the past. And that's what got my attention.
Upon further examination, however, I realized that the email that this message was sent to was one that I didn't use very often. And, in fact, I hadn't used it in quite some time. So that was a clue.
What I determined from all of this, was that, yes, something had been hacked, but it wasn't my email account. It was probably some forum, or company website that I had signed up with in the past that had been hacked. And most likely, the hackers stole many email addresses with passwords, and I was not the only victim.
The best possible solution for me was to:
- Ignore the email
- Make sure that I never use that password again
- Change the passwords for any sites that use that email address
- Change the passwords for any other accounts that I have used that same password
Whether or not you've received this or a similar scam, here are some recommendations for you.
Switch to Google Chrome
When you switch to Google Chrome, you sign in to an existing account, or create a new account on websites, Chrome will offer you the option of saving your password. By doing this, your passwords will be available across devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile), and you can use more sophisticated passwords that are harder to guess for hackers. (note: Chrome will not store the passwords of some banks, or other high-security sites)
Use a Random Password Generator
Believe it or not, computer hackers can guess your passwords; especially, if they are common words and numbers. By using a random password generator, you can create passwords that are nearly impossible to guess.
There are several random password generators available, but I use this one: https://passwordsgenerator.net/
I recommend using a password at least 12 characters long, with numbers, letters, and special characters.
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