Yet another extortionist scam has been detected in the wild. The scam uses the “This is my final warning [user’s spoofed email address]” subject line, and it aims to scare people that hackers made a fake video of them watching pornographic content on adult websites.
|Name||This is my final warning|
|Type||Email Scam Message|
|Short Description||A scam that tries to scare you into paying a ransom.|
|Symptoms||You receive an email message that tries to trick you into thinking that your email account got compromised, plus that your password is leaked and exposed to hackers.|
|Distribution Method||Email Spam Messages, Suspicious Sites|
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People receiving the message are demanded to pay a ransom fee in Bitcoin in the size of 2000 USD. If you have received such an email remember that this is only a scam and that you shouldn’t send any money to the given Bitcoin address. Continue reading to learn more details about the scam.
”This is my final warning” Scam Distribution Methods
The “This is my final warning” scam is mainly distributed through e-mail messages that in some cases may even be filtered as spam by email providers. The scam could also be using targeted attacks to aim for a bigger payout by companies or rich people. Different distribution methods may be employed by the scammers, too. There are mentions of the scam and several other similar ones over Facebook.
Note that if your computer was truly compromised, a payload file that downloads a Trojan horse or some kind of a RAT (remote access tool) may have been triggerred by a malicious website or redirect.
“This is my final warning” Scam – Details
The “This is my final warning” scam is a hot topic all over the Internet, and it has several variations that are currently active in the wild. The message is sent over email and is an example of scareware that relies on social engineering. The extortionists want to blackmail you into paying them a large sum of money in Bitcoin. They claim they have recorded you while visiting an adult website and that they have made a fake video of you watching porn. Remember that these claims are untrue, and are relying on users’ feeling of guilt.
Тhis is the content of the scam email message:
FINAL WARNING [spoofed email address] You have the last chance to save your social life – I am not kidding!!
I give you the last 72 hours to make the payment before I send
the video with your masturbation to all your friends and associates.
The last time you visited a erotic website with young Teens,
you downloaded and installed the software I developed.
My program has turned on your camera and recorded your act of
Masturbation and the video you were masturbating to.
My software also downloaded all your email contact lists
and a list of your Facebook friends.
I have both the ‘Support.mp4′ with your masturbation
and a file with all your contacts on my hard drive.
You are very perverted!
If you want me to delete both files and keep your secret,
you must send me Bitcoin payment. I give you the last 72 hours.
If you don’t know how to send Bitcoins, search Google.
Send 2000 USD to this Bitcoin address immediately:
(copy and paste)
1 BTC = 3850 USD right now, so send exactly 0.529130 BTC
to the address above.
Do not try to cheat me!
As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it.
This Bitcoin address is linked to you only,
so I will know if you sent the correct amount.
When you pay in full, I will remove both files and deactivate my software.
If you don’t send the payment, I will send your masturbation video
to ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your contact list I acquired.
Here are the payment details again:
Send 0.529130 BTC to this Bitcoin address:
You саn visit the police but nobody will help you.
I know what I am doing.
I don’t live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous.
Don’t try to deceive me – I will know it immediately – my spy ware is
recording all the websites you visit and all keys you press.
If you do – I will send this ugly recording to everyone you know,
including your family.
Don’t cheat me! Don’t forget the shame and if you ignore this message
your life will be ruined.
I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment.
P.S. If you need more time to buy and send 0.529130 BTC,
open your notepad and write ’48h plz’.
I will consider giving you another 48 hours before I release the vid,
but only when I see you are really struggling to buy bitcoin.
Note that the email may be signed by another fake name, claiming to be an anonymous hacker. Please note that your password may have been leaked in a data breach. You can check your email accounts via the Have I Been Pwned service.
Also, if you have any accounts still using that password, be certain to change them and make sure you use a different password for each account. If possible, enable two-factor authentication.
Similar scams to be aware of:
“This is my final warning” Scam Removal
To remove the “This is my final warning” scam you should simply delete the email message. However, if you are truly breached, you should see the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case you cannot get rid of files related to the scam or find out other malicious ones, you should use an anti-malware program which will also protect you in the future.