Remove "Save Yourself Email" Scam Virus (Updated September 2019)
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Remove “Save Yourself Email” Scam Virus (Updated September 2019)

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Update September 2019. What is the “Save Yourself” e-mail scam? What are the “Save Yourself” scam messages? How to stop “Save Yourself” e-mail scam? How to remove the “Save Yourself” e-mail scam from your computer thoroughly?

The “Save Yourself” e-mail is a part of series of scam messages, whose main goal is to convince victims that they have to pay 800 USD. The main extortion message used in the “Save Yourself” e-mail scam is to threaten victims that they must pay a hefty ransom in order to remove alleged evidence against them, such as videos and other private information. If you want to know how you have gotten the “Save Yourself” scam, then we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

NameSave Yourself
TypeScam/Virus
Short DescriptionDangerous blackmail scam, that may have been sent to you via e-mail as a result of malware or trackers that have obtained it.
SymptomsE-mails coming from SaveYou@{random}.com e-mail addresses.
Distribution MethodVia massive e-mail spam.
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Save Yourself.

Save Yourself Email Scam – Update August 2019

Our analysis shows that the scam is still being spread in the while. There are 3 main distribution methods that spread this scam and others of this type:

1. Your email was breached. It may be that your email address was part of a data breach, and there have been several pretty big breaches in the past few years. You can check your email address via Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned website. If it turns out that your email has been compromised in a data breach, you should change its password. Use a unique password for each of your accounts, and forget about the dangerous habit of using one password (or a variation of the same password) for all your accounts.

2. Your email was harvested. Email harvesting can be done via different methods but the purpose is usually the same – to use collected data for spamming or sending bulk emails. There are special programs that automate the process of email harvesting. In most cases, a spam bot is used for searching email addresses in web pages. These are then added to a database and sold to spammers. Your email address was likely harvested and ended up on a spammers’ list.

3. Your PC was infected. This option should not be overlooked, especially if you have opened a suspicious email attachment in a phishing email, or clicked on an unknown link. 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. Proceed to the end of this article for further instructions.

Related: 4 Reasons Why You Receive Sextortion and Other Email Scams

Save Yourself Email Scam – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do? Is the Save Yourself Email Real

The main way of propagation of the Save Yourself e-mail scam is likely done as a result of being spread via e-mail spam campaigns. Usually, what scammers do is they tend to send various e-mails to victims massively. How they got the list of victim e-mails, however, is a mystery yet to be solved. One possible scenario is that you may have given away your e-mail on a suspicious site, or the address may have been copied directly from your browser via cookies, used by adware or some other unwanted programs installed on your device.

Either way, when you receive it, the Save Yourself scam e-mail could begin to appear on your computer from e-mail addresses, called “SaveYou”. These are usually randomly generated by the scammers and appear like “SaveYou35@4295.com” and they may exist in many variants.

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The main variant sends the following message to victims:

Hi, I know one of your passwords is: {SOME RANDOM PASSWORD} – but not only that!

Your computer was infected with my private malware, because your browser wasn’t updated / patched, in such case it’s enough to just visit some website where my iframe is placed to get automatically infected, if you want to find out more – Google: “Drive-by exploit”.
My malware gave me full access to all your accounts (see password above), full control over your computer and it also was possible to spy on you over your webcam.
I COLLECTED ALL YOUR PRIVATE DATA and I RECORDED YOU through your webcam, I must say – the result is some GOOD MATERIAL! :)
After that I removed my malware to not leave any traces and this email was sent from some hacked server. I can publish the videos of you and all your private data on the whole web, social networks, over email of all your contacts.
But you can stop me and only I can help you out in this situation. Mail-Client-ID: 73584424317358442431.
You can easily buy bitcoin here: www.paxful.com , www.coinbase.com , or check for bitcoin ATM near you, or Google for other exchanger.
You can send the bitcoin directly to my wallet, or create your own wallet first here: www.login.blockchain.com/en/#/signup/ , then receive and send to mine.
My bitcoin wallet is: 1D1nXbBdPmCpy9rPRdtaXjA5ftGzYPPw51 I give you 3 days time to pay.

In fact, e-mail scams of this type have been lurking across the web for quite some time. Other cases reported by our team are the so-called

“This is my final warning”, “I greet you I have bad news for you”, and “I’m a programmer who cracked your email” email scams.

If you come across a

sextortion scam that aims to blackmail you into transferring cryptocurrency to hackers’ wallets, do not open any links that are directly clickable in it. If you did, chances are that you may have been infected by malware already. In some dangerous cases, simply opening a suspicious e-mail could get you into infected. This is why, if you have come across the “Save Yourself” e-mail scam we strongly recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

How to Remove Save Yourself Scam Email from Your Computer

In order to check for any malware that may have infected you as a result of opening the “Save Yourself” email scam, we strongly recommend that you read the removal steps underneath. If you are unsure of a malware infection, then we strongly recommend that you scan your computer with professional anti-malware software. Such a tool will effectively detect and eliminate any actual threats allegedly compromising your computer.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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4 Comments

  1. AvatarMr. Cheng

    I recently received this email scam and thanks to this article I was aware that it was malware. But maybe in the future there will be more versions of this scam sent. How I protect my company?

    Reply
  2. AvatarGeorge

    Hello, i did pay the BitCoins. How do I get them back?

    Reply
  3. AvatarSandra

    Oh my God! I got this and it showed me an old password I used?! I changed my current password – anything else should i do? Reading the article i understand its not truth but the password was real! I don’t wanna pay or have some media with me exposed – what to do??

    Reply
  4. AvatarScotty

    Hello, i have the Save Yourself scam e-mail. How to stop the emails? Is there a virus from the Save Yourself email and if so how to remove Save Yourself virus?

    Reply

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