"My nickname in darknet Email Scam" removal guide
What is "My nickname in darknet Email Scam"?
Scammers use the "My nickname in darknet Email Scam" spam email campaign to trick people into paying money by making threats. Generally, they claim that they have obtained a compromising video or image of the recipient and that they will proliferate this material if their ransom demands are not met. If you have received one of these emails, there is nothing to worry about, it is just a scam.
In the email, a person associated with the "My nickname in darknet Email Scam" email claims to be a member of darknet whose nickname is "bruis09" (and is also known as "higgins12", "kippar74", "keir43", "des53", or "DmG_HacKeR666"). This person claims to have hacked your email account some time ago. The email is sent using a "spoofing" method, which is used to shield information regarding the actual sender (who poses as someone else). In this case, the scammer uses the recipient's email address, and thus it might seem that you have sent this email to yourself. According to this scammer, the computer has been infected with a trojan virus and a remote access tool has been installed. Therefore, this person is supposedly able to monitor your computer activity. Further, this person also has access to all of your social networks and email accounts, and has recorded your browsing history, contacts list, and photos and videos. Furthermore, it is stated that a photo of you has been obtained, which was apparently taken using your webcam while you were visiting a pornographic website. An embarrassing photo of you will thus be sent to all of your contacts if you do not pay $500 in Bitcoins. The deadline is 48 hours after reading the email. As mentioned in the introduction, "My nickname in darknet Email Scam" is a common scam. Your computer is not infected with any virus and none of the statements are accurate. Simply ignore and delete the received email. Never take these emails seriously.
So I'm the hacker who broke your email, I'm a programmer who cracked your email, and My virus captured all your personal data are other examples of emails that scammers send to people. You can see that they are very similar and serve an identical purpose: to trick people into paying scammers by making false statements about computer infections, humiliating photos, and so on. Some spam campaigns are used to trick people into opening attachments. These emails are presented as legitimate and often appear to be sent by well-known companies. This is an attempt to make the message seem important. The attachments are supposedly bills, invoices, or other documents and often in the form of Microsoft Office documents (such as Word, Excel, etc), PDF, RAR, or .EXE (executable) files. These attachments are used to proliferate high-risk viruses (such as TrickBot, Emotet, AZORult, Adwind, etc.). The viruses are used to extract various personal/sensitive information such as bank account details, passwords and logins of various accounts, etc. This can lead to security, privacy, financial, and other similar problems. Sometimes viruses of this type open "backdoors" that make computers vulnerable to a number of other virus infections, including ransomware.
We receive a great deal of feedback from concerned users about this scam email. Here is the most popular question we receive:
Q: Hi pcrisk.com team, I received an email stating that my computer was hacked and they have a video of me. Now they are asking for a ransom in Bitcoins. I think this must be true because they listed my real name and password in the email. What should I do?
A: Do not worry about this email. Neither hackers nor cyber criminals have infiltrated/hacked your computer and there is no video of you watching pornography. Simply ignore the message and do not send any Bitcoins. Your email, name, and password was probably stolen from a compromised website such as Yahoo (these website breaches are common). If you are concerned, you can check if your accounts have been compromised by visiting the haveibeenpwned website.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
As mentioned above, malicious attachments that are presented in spam email campaigns can do harm only when they are opened. If the attachment is a Microsoft Office document, it will also ask to enable macros commands. Once enabled, these give permission for malware to be downloaded and installed. Remember that, regardless of the attached file format, it cannot proliferate viruses if it is not opened.
How to avoid installation of malware?
Do not open email attachments that are sent from unrecognized, unknown, or suspicious email addresses. Download software using official and trustworthy websites (or other sources) and direct links. Avoid using third party downloaders, installers and other similar software to download or install other software. These tools often are often monetized by promoting rogue applications. Install and download software with caution: check all "Custom", "Advanced" settings/options throughout the process. Dismiss/deselect any offers to install additional software and only then finish the download/installation procedure. Do not use software updaters that are provided by third parties. Use official tools or implemented functions only. Other fake updaters might trick you into installing malware rather than the updates. Use Microsoft Office 2010 or later, since these include the "Protected View" mode that can prevent downloaded potentially malicious attachments from installing/downloading malicious software. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "My nickname in darknet Email Scam" email message:
Subject: [user's email address] was hacked
Hello [user's email address]
My nickname in darknet is bruis09 (could be "higgins12", "kippar74", "keir43", "des53", "DmG_HacKeR666", etc.).
I'll begin by saying that I hacked this mailbox (please look on 'from' in your header) more than six months ago,
through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time.
Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my virus intercepted all the caching data on your computer
and automatically saved access for me.
I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history.
Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos.
I was most struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit.
You have a very wild imagination, I tell you!
During your pastime and entertainment there, I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching.
Oh my god! You are so funny and excited!
I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right?
If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $500 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.
Send the above amount on my bitcoin wallet: 1MN7A7QqQaAVoxV4zdjdrnEHXmjhzcQ4Bq (could be 1NXNt72qfMhPZDffUEqryCYpEUzyR6LmgH, 1EZS92K4xJbymDLwG4F7PNF5idPE62e9XY or any other bitcoin waller address)
As soon as the above amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted, I do not need it.
Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device.
Also, I'll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!
Since reading this letter you have 48 hours!
After your reading this message, I'll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter.
I hope I taught you a good lesson.
Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don't enter your passwords anywhere!
Instant automatic removal of possible malware infections:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of possible malware infections. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "My nickname in darknet Email Scam"?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of possible malware infections malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Spyhunter for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".
After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Spyhunter for Windows.