I Know * Is One Of Your Pass Email Scam
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass"?
Scammers send the "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass" email to thousands of people as part of a scam campaign. The scam is used to trick recipients of these bogus emails into believing that cyber criminals have recorded a compromising video of them and that they will proliferate it if their demands are not met.
There are many similar scams of this type, none of which should be trusted. All claims are bogus and the best option is to simply ignore the email.
According to this scam, the computer was infiltrated by a remote access tool (RAT) that was installed while the email recipient was visiting an adult website. Scammers claim that this tool allowed them to access the webcam and monitor computing activities (screen).
Furthermore, they claim that the installed tool also allowed them to steal all contacts from Messenger, Facebook, and email accounts. The main purpose of this email is to make people believe that scammers have recorded a video (using the webcam) of them watching the adult video (and also of the adult video itself).
Scammers threaten to proliferate this (edited) video to all of the victim's contacts unless their demands to pay $968 are met. The ransom must be paid in Bitcoins by funds transfer to a wallet address provided. They also promise to delete this video (which does not actually exist) as soon as payment is received.
This is simply a scam similar to many others. Many spam campaigns are used by cyber criminals who threaten that they will proliferate compromising videos unless their ransom demands are met. Emails such as "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass" should never be trusted.
|Name||I Know * Is One Of Your Pass Email Scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Symptoms||Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Yоu May Not Know Mе, Wе Arе Nоt Going To Steal A Lot Of Time and I Am A Spyware Software Developer are just a few examples of other similar emails proliferated using spam campaigns. Most scams of this type share an identical goal: to extort money from people by blackmail and making false claims.
Other spam campaigns infect computers with malware. These emails infiltrate computers through attachments - usually Microsoft Office or PDF documents, archive files, executable files (.exe), and so on. If opened, they infect computers with LokiBot, TrickBot, Emotet, AZORult, Adwind, or other high-risk infections.
These malicious programs often steal personal details such as logins and passwords, banking account details, and proliferate other infections such as ransomware-type programs. Users of computers infected with this rogue software can experience problems relating to financial loss, privacy, browsing safety, etc.
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, spam campaigns are used to proliferate malicious programs or other threats, however, they only infect computers if the included attachments (or website links) are opened. For example, opened Microsoft Office documents ask permission to enable macro commands.
If enabled, these commands trigger download and installation of high-risk computer infections. These rules also apply to other malicious files: they cannot do any damage if they are not opened.
How to avoid installation of malware?
Emails received from unknown or suspicious email addresses should be handled carefully. If an email contains an attachment or website link, do not open it without making sure that it is safe. These emails are often irrelevant to their recipients (how they can be identified). Download software using official, trustworthy sources, and direct links.
Do not use third party downloaders/installers, since many are monetized by promoting rogue applications that might be designed to proliferate unwanted or malicious programs. Install and download software with care. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings and options.
Deselect additionally-included unwanted applications and only then finish the installation or download process. Update installed software using functions or tools provided by official developers only. Various third party software updaters should never be used. If you are a Microsoft Office user, we recommend that you use versions no older than 2010.
Newer versions can prevent users from inadvertently downloading installing malware through malicious MS Office attachments. These later versions have "Protected View" mode integrated, thus preventing downloaded files from going on to download and install computer infections.
If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass" email message:
I know * is one of your pass. Lets get directly to the point. Not one person has paid me to investigate you. You do not know me and you're most likely thinking why you're getting this email?
Well, i actually setup a malware on the X videos (porn material) web-site and guess what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were watching videos, your web browser initiated working as a Remote control Desktop that has a keylogger which gave me access to your screen as well as webcam. Just after that, my software program obtained your entire contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and emailaccount. and then i created a double video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you've got a fine taste omg), and second part displays the view of your cam, yeah its u.
You have 2 possibilities. Why dont we analyze the choices in details:
1st choice is to disregard this message. in this case, i am going to send your actual tape to all your your personal contacts and just imagine regarding the humiliation you can get. Do not forget should you be in an intimate relationship, exactly how it will affect?
Number two option will be to give me $968. Lets regard it as a donation. in this situation, i will instantly remove your video. You can go forward your way of life like this never occurred and you surely will never hear back again from me.
You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search for 'how to buy bitcoin' in Google).
BTC address to send to: 1EiJMyvw2NP6T6vyWQ81HgUfBUVT1mqZkM, 1Lq8TnU33SMFUXcyGYmwkfriaBAfEoX5Co, 14cxPepKjJ8XR5k4u7jskJiqMH2vGFV5WY, 1M3r1T2MnqRPJUgWoSZTgaTqpVQUNdkpeC, 1ELzee2T9Wd5YPTYhWbWD3xK7xB5tJ94J4, 18z5c6TjLUosqPTEnm6q7Q2EVNgbCy16Td, 1EJcaYXy5AHuqPDSSSZ8rWiPXD5vsyfoAS, 16KYyLAv9ioGu5H5fHTmuSgbS5usGcQUna, 1FJHnBiaATrcwxdFrFLCLnoTeqYyCupC1r, 14wsWgEQarKo1uZKKAqvaGRCPdrTseh7SR, 1DrThpxYV7JtvrVkneuJMYtn8Fik8efSwn, 18z5c6TjLUosqPTEnm6q7Q2EVNgbCy16Td, 14cxPepKjJ8XR5k4u7jskJiqMH2vGFV5WY, bc1qtgyukjgv09fz83g5pckkkdlr0axtq5h5sxdxy5, bc1qj3pe06nsc9gnlgvae65yke56h92n8h9tr78qmh, bc1qwt6gzm5t0z5n38fgqdh7nyeycu9mtxtnmr9xen, bc1qetgl2deh6spsj9mps9jtlrdg3zc8j824dc8rtq
[case sensitive so copy & paste it]
if you may be curious about going to the law enforcement, good, this e mail can not be traced back to me. I have taken care of my moves. i am not trying to ask you for money so much, i only want to be rewarded. unique if i don't receive the bitcoin, i will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, etc. Nevertheless, if i receive the payment, i'll erase the video right away. If you really want evidence, reply Yup then i definitely will send out your video to your 11 friends. it is a nonnegotiable offer and so don't waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email.
Another variant of this scam:
Text presented in this variant:
* one of your pass. Lets get straight to the purpose. Neither anyone has paid me to check about you. You may not know me and you're most likely thinking why you're getting this e mail?
in fact, i installed a software on the X streaming (adult porn) web site and do you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were watching video clips, your web browser started out working as a RDP that has a keylogger which provided me with accessibility to your screen and webcam. after that, my software obtained every one of your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and e-mail . after that i created a double video. First part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste ; )), and 2nd part shows the view of your web cam, & it is u.
You have got 2 options. We should read the options in details:
Very first alternative is to ignore this email. in this case, i will send out your video clip to almost all of your contacts and also you can easily imagine regarding the disgrace you can get. and likewise should you be in a romance, exactly how it will affect?
Number 2 choice would be to compensate me $6600. Lets think of it as a donation. Consequently, i most certainly will quickly discard your video. You will resume your way of life like this never took place and you will not hear back again from me.
You'll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search for 'how to buy bitcoin' in Google).
BTC address to send to:
1Dx5b8M8QZ1gLghDz6Ewd5U6cPDuQ5i3bz, 1Lq8TnU33SMFUXcyGYmwkfriaBAfEoX5Co, 1JvJEsdV3eMDaFWbS5LBpUVS5AquYnfSV4, 1DaNGiivQesRj1ztYyejcW52fEvQ1zdCtU, 17bnqtYGyvS1JCz6a4PQk4hjopw1EcFfwg, 1K8JErWEweVtR3eWHw9ffQxNHmz49xCCDd, 1Huwc6vs77Xd2SZAq6FWJQ2JY6hDsBu9Fj, 1CU4WkCwgZTsTwCeuzLMSTaGQoXwRYxaqX, XjpNCkdGBSS93Hh5tf5xHZ85ZGBN7AQdnA, 1MLpD3hHtTapLGS6mB59Cqr46gtWbNd9RN, 12uCRaow1FNZYhnXbpAvVEFjcZR3f2eTNL, bc1q0eavsfgnka4gkrqs5zqhxx4xptv0vq907n7zzz, bc1q4w5e9vd6esgxq3yr6crpgh0mccx8xdx7v5wjra
[case SeNSiTiVe, copy and paste it]
in case you are looking at going to the law, very well, this message can not be traced back to me. I have covered my moves. i am just not attempting to charge a fee a huge amount, i want to be paid. You now have 48 hours in order to pay. i've a special pixel within this message, and now i know that you have read through this email. if i don't get the BitCoins, i definitely will send your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, colleagues, and so forth. However, if i receive the payment, i will destroy the recording right away. This is the non-negotiable offer, that being said don't waste mine time & yours by responding to this email. if you want to have evidence, reply with Yes! & i will certainly send out your video to your 14 friends.
Another variant of "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass" email spam campaign:
Text presented within this email:
^^ is your password. You don't know me and you're thinking why you received this email. right?
I placed malware on the porn website and guess what. you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video. your web browser acted as an RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam.
Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger. Facebook account. and email account. What exactly did I do? I made a spl t-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you've got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It's you doing nasty things).
What should you do?
Well. I bel eve. S1400 is a fair price for our little secret. You'll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address of you don't know :his. search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).
BTC Address -->> 12xQ1CaVB3xpNx8GRixWefGekMgsNSzLcK, 1FodoCBED3gMN8j4EVDHHWvFqr1JFgH7Aj, XnfypYUMso855erq8vmsdGcFPcnWeUh1G4 (It is case sensitive. so copy and paste it)
Important: You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message. and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don't get the payment. I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives. coworkers. and so forth. Nonetheless. if I do get paid. I will erase the video immediately. If you want evidence. reply with "Yes!" and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer. so don't waste my time and yours by replying to this email.
Yet another variant of "" scam email:
Text presented within:
I know, -, is your pass word.
I require your complete attention for the next 24 hours, or I will make sure that you live out of guilt for the rest of your existence.
Hello, you do not know me. Yet I know nearly anything regarding you. Your entire fb contact list, mobile phone contacts along with all the digital activity on your computer from previous 113 days.
Which includes, your self pleasure video footage, which brings me to the primary reason why I am writing this particular e mail to you.
Well the last time you visited the sexually graphic online sites, my spyware ended up being triggered in your computer system which ended up shooting a eye-catching video footage of your self pleasure act simply by triggering your web cam.
(you got a incredibly weird preference by the way haha)
I have got the complete recording. Just in case you think I am messing around, just reply proof and I will be forwarding the recording randomly to 7 people you know.
It could end up being your friends, co workers, boss, parents (I'm not sure! My software will randomly select the contacts).
Would you be able to gaze into anyone's eyes again after it? I question that...
But, it doesn't have to be that way.
I'm going to make you a 1 time, no negotiable offer.
Purchase $ 2000 in bitcoin and send it to the listed below address:
[case SENSITIVE, copy & paste it, and remove * from it]
(If you do not know how, google how to purchase bitcoin. Do not waste my important time)
If you send out particular 'donation' (we will call this that?). Right after that, I will vanish and under no circumstances contact you again. I will eliminate everything I have about you. You may proceed living your ordinary day to day life with absolutely no fear.
You've 1 day to do so. Your time begins as quickly as you go through this e-mail. I have an special code that will notify me as soon as you go through this email therefore don't try to act smart.
Another variant "I know, *, is your pass word." scam email:
Text presented within:
Subject: See below
I do know, *, is your pass word.
I need your full attention for the coming 24 hrs, or I will certainly make sure you that you live out of guilt for the rest of your life span.
Hey, you do not know me. However I know just about everything about you. Your facebook contact list, phone contacts along with all the virtual activity on your computer from past 148 days.
And this includes, your self pleasure video footage, which brings me to the main reason why I am composing this particular mail to you.
Well the previous time you visited the adult porn online sites, my malware was triggered inside your personal computer which ended up recording a lovely video footage of your masturbation play by activating your webcam.
(you got a exceptionally strange taste btw lmao)
I own the whole recording. If you think I am messing around, just reply proof and I will be forwarding the recording randomly to 4 people you recognize.
It might be your friend, co workers, boss, mother and father (I'm not sure! My system will randomly select the contact details).
Will you be able to gaze into anyone's eyes again after it? I doubt it...
But, it does not have to be that route.
I'm going to make you a one time, non negotiable offer.
Purchase USD 2000 in bitcoin and send it to the down below address:
[CASE-SENSITIVE copy & paste it, and remove * from it]
(If you do not understand how, look online how to buy bitcoin. Do not waste my important time)
If you send out this 'donation' (let's call it that?). Right after that, I will go away for good and never contact you again. I will erase everything I've got about you. You may very well proceed living your ordinary day to day life with no concerns.
You have got 24 hours to do so. Your time begins as quickly you read this e mail. I have got an one of a kind code that will inform me as soon as you go through this email so do not try to act smart.
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- What is I Know * Is One Of Your Pass spam?
- Types of malicious emails.
- How to spot a malicious email?
- What to do if you fell for an email scam?
Types of malicious emails:
Most commonly, cybercriminals use deceptive emails to trick Internet users into giving away their sensitive private information, for example, login information for various online services, email accounts, or online banking information.
Such attacks are called phishing. In a phishing attack, cybercriminals usually send an email message with some popular service logo (for example, Microsoft, DHL, Amazon, Netflix), create urgency (wrong shipping address, expired password, etc.), and place a link which they hope their potential victims will click on.
After clicking the link presented in such email message, victims are redirected to a fake website that looks identical or extremely similar to the original one. Victims are then asked to enter their password, credit card details, or some other information that gets stolen by cybercriminals.
Emails with Malicious Attachments
Another popular attack vector is email spam with malicious attachments that infect users' computers with malware. Malicious attachments usually carry trojans that are capable of stealing passwords, banking information, and other sensitive information.
In such attacks, cybercriminals' main goal is to trick their potential victims into opening an infected email attachment. To achieve this goal, email messages usually talk about recently received invoices, faxes, or voice messages.
If a potential victim falls for the lure and opens the attachment, their computers get infected, and cybercriminals can collect a lot of sensitive information.
While it's a more complicated method to steal personal information (spam filters and antivirus programs usually detect such attempts), if successful, cybercriminals can get a much wider array of data and can collect information for a long period of time.
This is a type of phishing. In this case, users receive an email claiming that a cybercriminal could access the webcam of the potential victim and has a video recording of one's masturbation.
To get rid of the video, victims are asked to pay a ransom (usually using Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency). Nevertheless, all of these claims are false - users who receive such emails should ignore and delete them.
How to spot a malicious email?
While cyber criminals try to make their lure emails look trustworthy, here are some things that you should look for when trying to spot a phishing email:
- Check the sender's ("from") email address: Hover your mouse over the "from" address and check if it's legitimate. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft, be sure to check if the email address is @microsoft.com and not something suspicious like @m1crosoft.com, @microsfot.com, @account-security-noreply.com, etc.
- Check for generic greetings: If the greeting in the email is "Dear user", "Dear @youremail.com", "Dear valued customer", this should raise suspiciousness. Most commonly, companies call you by your name. Lack of this information could signal a phishing attempt.
- Check the links in the email: Hover your mouse over the link presented in the email, if the link that appears seems suspicious, don't click it. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft and the link in the email shows that it will go to firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0... you shouldn't trust it. It's best not to click any links in the emails but to visit the company website that sent you the email in the first place.
- Don't blindly trust email attachments: Most commonly, legitimate companies will ask you to log in to their website and to view any documents there; if you received an email with an attachment, it's a good idea to scan it with an antivirus application. Infected email attachments are a common attack vector used by cybercriminals.
To minimise the risk of opening phishing and malicious emails we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
Example of a spam email:
What to do if you fell for an email scam?
- If you clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered your password - be sure to change your password as soon as possible. Usually, cybercriminals collect stolen credentials and then sell them to other groups that use them for malicious purposes. If you change your password in a timely manner, there's a chance that criminals won't have enough time to do any damage.
- If you entered your credit card information - contact your bank as soon as possible and explain the situation. There's a good chance that you will need to cancel your compromised credit card and get a new one.
- If you see any signs of identity theft - you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission. This institution will collect information about your situation and create a personal recovery plan.
- If you opened a malicious attachment - your computer is probably infected, you should scan it with a reputable antivirus application. For this purpose, we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
- Help other Internet users - report phishing emails to Anti-Phishing Working Group, FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, National Fraud Information Center and U.S. Department of Justice.
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