Strange EMail This Morning

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MacBookpro2011, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. MacBookpro2011 macrumors member

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    Received this email:

    "
    Hi!

    As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
    This means that I have full access to your account: At the time of hacking your account(newfoundlander61@gmail.com) had this password: 81aa6a736ba30f4c699b0c066c06fa0f

    You can say: this is my, but old password!
    Or: I can change my password at any time!

    Of course! You will be right,
    but the fact is that when you change the password, my malicious code every time saved a new one!

    I've been watching you for a few months now.
    But the fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited.

    If you are not familiar with this, I will explain.
    Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.
    This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.

    I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence from e-mail and messangers.

    Why your antivirus did not detect my malware?
    Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.

    I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.
    With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks. I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.

    If you want to prevent this, transfer the amount of $778 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: "Buy Bitcoin").

    My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 15G9wyGRDssFXsfwEm1ihdJs2xabVPDu68

    After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.
    I give you 48 hours to pay.
    I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.

    Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address.
    I do not make any mistakes.

    If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.
    Bye!"

    Is this fake? If not what is the best way to handle it. Thanks.
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

    keysofanxiety

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    Yeah it’s spam. Don’t worry dude. It’s all bold claims.

    Just change the password on your email address and enable 2FA. :)
     
  3. MacBookpro2011 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help, did exactly what you said.
     
  4. Adam Warlock macrumors regular

    Adam Warlock

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    Agreed. I know two people who called me in a panicked when they got this. It's nonsense. Mark it as spam, change your password for good measure and enjoy the rest of your day. :)
     
  5. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    Had something similar at work the other week. As my work laptop is only used for work, it did make me smile a little in terms of the boldness of the claim.
     
  6. MacBookpro2011 thread starter macrumors member

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    Done, thanks. It was early and my first coffee was still brewing.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    It's spam.
    The sender cannot hurt you.
    Ignore it.
    Delete it.
    Done.
     
  8. MSastre macrumors 6502

    MSastre

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    I got a similar email a couple weeks ago, had a laugh, deleted it, and moved on. No worries.
     
  9. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502a

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    Who cares if you he got a video of you pleasuring yourself....playing Minefraft?

    It's not that embarrassing, really.




    Kidding.

    All they did was spoof your email address, and are trying to bluff. Hard.
     
  10. Mac4Brains macrumors regular

    Mac4Brains

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    it is fairly east to spoof a return email address. there is an option in most mail applications to see what is called headers. if you view the headers it will show the mail server that did send the original spam that you got regardless of what spoofed email address it was sent form.

    On the mac:
    click message
    click the View menu
    go to the message sub menu
    click the full header option

    most of this will be in computerese but with in that will be the server that placed a marker on the email to track it to the source server. you just need to read there it.
    NOTE: the server that revived the email will also be listed. this will be your server and how you got the email or you would have never seen it. so your email address and server need to be listed since they handled the email at some point. in the return path, since your email address was spoofed it will also show it as your email address and server as the source. an email that you sent to yourself will not have any notes form any outside server. However with that said, some mail apps will show slightly different information and not all of them will list the stamps left from other servers it passed threw. on the other hand it is good to sometimes look threw a header when your board just to become familiar with the data shown, if you understand it or not. so when something strange pops up you may be able to spot what's so strange about it.
     
  11. MSastre macrumors 6502

    MSastre

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    Just got another one yesterday and had another chuckle.
     

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