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|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss This is my final warning.|
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove This is my final warning from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of This is my final warning from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove This is my final warning from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase This is my final warning from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall This is my final warning from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove This is my final warning from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate This is my final warning from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove This is my final warning from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove This is my final warning
Step 2: Uninstall This is my final warning and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by This is my final warning on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by This is my final warning there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of This is my final warning from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall This is my final warning and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove This is my final warning via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove This is my final warning from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase This is my final warning from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall This is my final warning from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove This is my final warning from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the This is my final warning will be removed.
Eliminate This is my final warning from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.