Have you received an email with your password?
Recently I received an email with my password as the subject
I have a simple password I generally use for creating accounts on websites that I will likely never login to, but I need an account in order to download something. I work at a highly secure precious metals company in IT, and if I can fall victim so can you.
As it turns out, the form where I had given my information was actually malware that was pushed on the providers site. I contacted them and they mentioned not having any place to create a username and password.
Below is an example of a email scam (phishing email), which is being sent out from Microsoft servers and coming from a hotmail address, therefore not being blocked by our spam detectors.
This email scam reminds of the people who use the same password for everything, those who create accounts and for easy access they use the same password they would for their banks and etc.
Please don’t get caught with these emails. See the email I received…
***Please keep your passwords different and never use the same password for important accounts like your emails or banks that you would on joe-blow-onlinestore.com
If you have too many passwords, use a secure tool or password manager to keep track and store them
Here are two excellent resources:
KeePass/ Lastpass to help you keep track
It is just so unfortunate. I know that <YOUR PASSWORD> is your password. Most importantly, I know your secret and I have evidence of this. You don’t know me personally and nobody employed me to examine you.
This is what the email contained…
It is just your misfortune that I discovered your bad deeds. The truth is, I actually installed a malware on the adult vids (porn material) and you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). When you were watching video clips, your web browser initiated operating as a Rdp (Remote control desktop) that has a keylogger which provided me accessibility to your display screen and web camera. Right after that, my software obtained your entire contacts from social networks, as well as mailbox.
I then gave in more time than I should have digging into your life and created a double display video. 1st part displays the recording you had been viewing and other part shows the view of your web camera (its you doing dirty things).
Honestly, I am ready to forget details about you and let you get on with your daily life. And I am about to give you 2 options that will accomplish that. These two options are either to ignore this letter, or simply just pay me $ 2200. Let’s investigate those 2 options in more detail.
Option 1 is to ignore this email message. Let me tell you what is going to happen if you choose this option. I will, no doubt send out your video recording to your entire contacts including family members, colleagues, etc. It will not help you avoid the humiliation your self will need to feel when family and friends find out your dirty details from me.
Second Option is to make the payment of $ 2200. We will call this my “privacy fee”. Let me tell you what happens if you opt this choice. Your secret will remain your secret. I will erase the video immediately. You go on with your daily life that nothing ever happened.
At this point you must be thinking, “I should go to the cops”. Let me tell you, I’ve covered my steps to make sure that this email message cannot be traced time for me also it will not prevent the evidence from destroying your daily life. I am not planning to steal all your savings. I just want to get compensated for efforts and time I place into investigating you. Let’s hope you have decided to generate pretty much everything go away and pay me my confidentiality fee. You will make the payment via Bitcoins (if you don’t know how, type “how to buy bitcoins” in search engine)
Transfer Amount: $ 2200
Send To This Bitcoin Address: 14Ed23QiJZs*QgcmUoGtXDLfWHstHfRMGU3 ( You need to Delete * from this address and copy and paste it carefully)
Share with no one what will you be sending the Bitcoins for or they will often not provide it to you. The method to get bitcoins can take a couple of days so do not delay.
I have a unique pixel in this e mail, and now I know that you’ve read through this message. You now have 1 day in order to make the payment. If I don’t get the BitCoins, I will, no doubt send out your video to your contacts including family members, colleagues, and many others. You better come up with an excuse for friends and family before they find out. Nevertheless, if I do get paid, I’ll erase the proof and all other proofs immediately. It’s a non-negotiable one time offer, thus do not waste my time & yours. Time is running out. Let me remind you, my tracker is going to be tracking the actions you adopt when you are done reading this email. To be honest, If I see any bad activity from your browser history then I’ll send out your video recording to your close relatives, co-workers before your your deadline.