Urgent: I received a blackmail email

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by peter912, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. peter912

    peter912 Member

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    They know my log in password and claim to have infected my computer . They want me to send $630 to a bitcoin wallet or they will release all information contained in my computer. The e mail sender used this e mail [email protected] to send this to me. What should I do ? Right now I am running a McAfee scan . How do I change my log in password but I don't want to do this until my computer is cleaned. Should I call a computer company to clean my computer from this infection by remote ?
     
  2. Deerling7

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    This is most likely spam.
    Did they actually log in or did they just "claim" to?

    Lol, and they want bitcoin?! XD
     
  3. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah if they didn't physically log in they're full of it. 100 percent a scam, very good chance there's nothing on your computer anyway. Did they call you first?
     
  4. peter912

    peter912 Member

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    but they wrote my log in password in the e mail that they sent me
     
  5. Deerling7

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    Then change your password. If a virus scan doesn't bring anything up you are most likely okay.
     
  6. OmniDyne

    OmniDyne Active Member

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    If you use that same password for other programs or websites, they could have gotten your password from one of those places.
     
  7. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd just change your password and ignore it.

    I've received a few of those, they're just people who pulled out your hash or leaked password from a database dump/exploit of a website where your information was stolen and are trying to scare you with it.
     
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  8. peter912

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    I changed my computers log in password and did a McAfee scan. McAfee didn't find anything but then again McAfee isn't able to detect everything
     
  9. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Run MalwareBytes and AdwCleaner too.
     
  10. peter912

    peter912 Member

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    Both MalwareBytes and AdwCleaner found nothing
     
  11. Deerling7

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    Then you are good.

    :)
     
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  12. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    If it's an online Microsoft account then that's a good play. If you use an offline account it's probably irrelevant.

    Burn that password and change any online accounts that have the same user/pw combo.
     
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  13. AlienMenace

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    Don't use the same password for everything. You should use a Password manager like "Last Pass or Blur".
    And don't use easy passwords. Make passwords at least 16 to 20 characters long.
    Blur password manager: https://abine.com/index.html use the free version.
    Lastpass: https://www.lastpass.com/ also use the free version.
     
  14. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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    This has been a common spam email now for like since Cleopatra suxxed Cesar.

    In other words... delete the damn email and forgetaboutit.

    I got one too, and promptly reported it to Spam Cop as I do all spam emails. I run a pretty tight ship so I knew it was BS.

    Don't be a sucka.
     
  15. nology99xx

    nology99xx New Member

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    Deffo a scam, if there was something worthy on your pc of being stolen they wouldnt have mentioned it :p
     

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