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Scary Email Scams...

Senior Instructor

Scary Email Scams...

Just got a beaut...

 

Email claims to have captured me in a compromising video by hacking my webcam and will send it to everyone in my addressbook unless I send $1900 to his bitcoin account. Includes an old password of mine as 'proof'.

 

As if... Did a little research and apparently four people have already fallen for this. The Bitcoin account was flagged as fraudulent: https://bitcoinwhoswho.com/address/1JHwenDp9A98XdjfYkHKyiE3R99Q72K9X4

 

Came through an MS Outlook.com server, so I reported it to their abuse and legal and offered to assist in any prosection. Let's see how far that goes (not expecting much).

 

Be careful out there folks...


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
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Distinguished Professor II

Re: Scary Email Scams...

Oh, my!  That's an interesting one.  

 

Was the old password they used as proof real?  If so, that's a scary thought.  Not in that the threat is real, but how it could convince people that it is.  

 

 


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Associate Professor

Re: Scary Email Scams...

@MarkJFine, You may want to also report it to the IC3:

 

https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Senior Instructor

Re: Scary Email Scams...

@maratsade

Cheers. Filed it on theor site, although the entire email including headers wouldn't fit in the space they provide.

 

@GabeU

The password was real and clearly the result of an old site hack somewhere. Spent several hours changing a lot of passwords when I saw it.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Associate Professor

Re: Scary Email Scams...

 

 


@MarkJFine wrote:

 

Cheers. Filed it on theor site, although the entire email including headers wouldn't fit in the space they provide.

 

 


Just rolling my eyes here.  You'd think they'd provide more space. 

Senior Instructor

Re: Scary Email Scams...


@maratsade wrote:

Just rolling my eyes here.  You'd think they'd provide more space. 


They probably provided enough space for a normal email, but Outlook.com email servers add a ton of ridiculous headers. Not just X-this, X-that. So much nonsense that 75% of the headers and none of body fit. And the body was in two sections: a plain text and html-ready part with a lot of my name commented between every so many characters. So that part was bloated too.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Associate Professor

Re: Scary Email Scams...

Wouldn't they have experience with this sort of thing though and expect that not all emails that get reported will be neat and tidy and fit in the space?  In any case,  i hope they take your report seriously and do something about it. 

Senior Instructor

Re: Scary Email Scams...


@maratsade wrote:

 In any case,  i hope they take your report seriously and do something about it. 


Dunno, since I'm not sure a crime was actually comitted. It was attempted, but since I didn't send any money they might see it differently.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Sophomore

Re: Scary Email Scams...


@MarkJFine wrote:ho.com/address/1JHwenDp9A98XdjfYkHKyiE3R99Q72K9X4

 

  There are so many scammers out there now.  I even get them in snailmail:  "Warning your vehicle warranty is about to expire!  Contact us immediately." .  I bought the truck new in May, 

Scary about the password though.
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Senior Instructor

Re: Scary Email Scams...

Just got another one with a different Bitcoin acct and an extra $1k added on.

 

This might be an epidemic to outlook.com, so it's a good thing I'm sending them to MS.

Yesterday' came from a production server in Asia/Pacific. Today from Europe (if I correctly interpret how they name them). If so, and if their servers aren't distributed, it's likely two different people with the same virus.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.