There is a new email sextortion scam that is extorting users with the pretext that their email accounts were hacked and they have been recorded watching “dirty videos”. In other words, a new blackmail scam is circling the web, this time using the name of Jeanson J. Ancheta. It is noteworthy that Jeanson J. Ancheta is a well-known hacker and the first person to be charged for controlling large numbers of botnets.
The scammers seem to be relying on users checking the name that appears in the sextortion message. Seeing that the name belongs to a real-life hacker increases the chances of the victim paying. So, if you receive an email that appears to be sent by Jeanson J. Ancheta, claiming that “around 10 months ago I hacked this email address“, know that it is just another scam.
|Name||Jeanson J. Ancheta scam|
|Type||Email Scam Message|
|Short Description||A scam that tries to scare you into paying a ransom fee for a supposed breach of your email account credentials. The scammer also claims that he has recorded you watching dirty videos.|
|Symptoms||You receive an email message that tries to trick you into thinking that your email account got compromised, and there are recordings of you watching adult content.|
|Distribution Method||Email Spam Messages, Suspicious Sites|
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Jeanson J. Ancheta Scam – Update October 2019
Another example of a scam that uses the name and reputation of famous hackers is the so-called WannaCry Hacker Scam that uses the “Keep your secrets safe” subject line.
This is a scareware tactic seen in a number of sextortion-based scams that claim to have recordings of users while watching adult content. In this case, the alleged WannaCry hackers state they are “aware of your intimate adventures on the Internet“.
Jeanson J. Ancheta Scam: Details
Here’s what the Jeanson J. Ancheta scam message says (with all the typing and grammatical errors):
Around 10 months ago, I hacked this email address. You can check it. I am sending this email from your email address now, I injected my code to this device and I started to monitor your activity. My first idea was to block and encyript your files. And than I would ask for a small fee to release them back. But than one day, You visited some dirty websites. You kow what I mean naughty thing. And I silently activated your front camera and recorded you. Now, I stole contact list of yourself. I have all the friends list. A lot of information is downloaded to my system. I am asking from you a small fee of 75o USD. If you don’t pay, all the naughty screen videos will be sent to your friends and family. I will distribute them to everywhere. Send the amount to my bitcoin address: [numbers and lettrs] I give you 36 hours to complete the transfer. When you open that message, I will know it and the countdown starts.
Why Did You Receive the Jeason J. Ancheta Sextortion Scam?
The Jeanson J. Ancheta scam message may appear to be sent from your own email address. This means that your email address was spoofed. Such scams usually claim that the recipient’s email was hacked, and that’s why the email appears to be sent from it. However, this is not true and you should not worry about your account being hacked.
The truth is that spam operators have been spoofing email addresses for a long time. In the past, spammers got hold of email lists with the help of computers infected by malware. Nowadays, phishing has evolved to such an extent that spammers can phish carefully chosen victims with messages that look like they came from friends, trustworthy sources, or even their own account.
The tools that enable email spoofing are surprisingly easy to get. All you need is a working SMTP server which is a server that can send email, and the right mailing software, LifeHacker’s author Alan Henry explains.
Furthermore, any mail server can be configured to send from a specific domain, and there are even websites that will let you send emails using any email address for free. It should be noted that these methods leave traces that give spoofing away. That’s why it is important to learn how to read email headers.
Note that showing your email headers depends on the email provider. For Gmail, open the email and click on the three vertical dots next to the reply arrow and select “Show Original” to revise the details.
Other reasons for receiving scam messages such as the Jeanson J. Ancheta scam include your email being compromised in a data breach, or harvested along with thousands of other emails. However, the chance that your system was indeed infected by malware also exists.
This option should not be overlooked, especially if you have opened a suspicious email attachment or clicked on an unknown link. Phishing can lead to various outcomes, including the exposure of personal accounts.
The funny thing is that all popular 2019 phishing scams are also deployed via email messages as the main distribution tactic. The recipients are usually sent messages that are disguised as legitimate notifications from a service, program, product or another party concerning a certain type of interaction which is required. Most of the times the scams are related to account activity, fraud transactions or password reset reminders.
All of these may be legitimate reasons for sending out activity messages and as such can easily be confused with the real notifications. In almost all cases similar sounding domain names and security certificates (self-signed, stolen or hacker-issued) will be implemented in the landing pages to confuse the recipients that they are visiting a safe site.
If you have interacted with such a phishing message, your accounts may have been compromised, email accounts included. Your financial details may be at risk, as well. So it may be a good idea to scan your system for spyware or malware.
A simple solution
Since all recent extortion-based scams, such as the Jeanson J. Ancheta scam, are relying on purported recordings of the recipient watching adult content, simply cover up your laptop’s camera. This may sound silly but knowing that your camera is covered leaves no place for you to worry, regardless of the scammer’s claims.
Another simple thing you can do to avoid email harvesting (where scammers and third parties harvest email addresses in bulk) is the so-called email address munging, or simply changing the “@” sign into “at” and the “.” into “dot”. This is especially valid for individuals with business emails that are visible to the entire internet.
And once again, no matter how persuasive the email you received sounds, don’t fall for it because it is a scam.
Remove Jeanson J. Ancheta Scam
To remove the Jeanson J. Ancheta scam, you should simply delete the email message. However, there is always the option that you were indeed breached or hacked. If you suspect this to be true, you should see the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case you cannot get rid of any files related to the Jeanson J. Ancheta scam or find out other malicious ones, you should search for and remove any leftover malware pieces with an advanced anti-malware tool. Software like that will keep your system secure in the future.