You Certainly Do Not Know Me Email Scam

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Damage level: Medium

What is "You certainly do not know me"?

"You certainly do not know me" is a scam, which is proliferated as a spam campaign. Scammers (cyber criminals) send emails to many people to extort money from them. In this case, the email also contains a website link that should not be opened. This is a common scam - if you receive the email, ignore the message and delete it.

You certainly do not know me spam campaign

The scammer who proliferates this email presents herself as an "extremely beautiful" 21-year-old Russian woman who wishes to attend university but does not have money for the studies. In exchange for these funds, this scammer offers private photos and videos: sexual photos at a cost of $90 and an erotic video equivalent to $170.

The person responsible for this email also claims that, for $250, she will record a video doing anything the recipient wishes. All payments are required using a cryptocurrency. At the end of this email, there is a request to keep this offer private - not to share it with anyone else.

Furthermore, there is a website link that supposedly leads to some personal photos of the person who sent this proposal. Do not open these links, since they redirect to various untrustworthy websites (such as dubious dating pages).

Some could be malicious and designed to cause computer infections. We recommend that you simply ignore the "You certainly do not know me" scam and other similar scams.

Threat Summary:
Name You Certainly Do Not Know Me 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.
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Generally, these emails are used by cyber criminals to blackmail people. They claim that they have recorded a humiliating/compromising video and threaten to proliferate it unless their ransom demands are met. This particular email is different, however, since it shares an identical purpose - to extort money from its recipients.

Some examples of other scams are "Hey. It's me! Your Future Friend Or Enemy", "I Have A Forum In The Darkweb", and "Your Account Was Hacked". Note that cyber criminals often use other similar scams.

They send emails that contain malicious attachments designed to infect computers with various malicious programs such as LokiBot, TrickBot, Emotet, AZORult, Adwind, and other high-risk viruses. Typically, attached files are Microsoft Office documents, JavaScript files, executables (.exe files), archives such as ZIP, RAR, and other files.

The main goal is to trick people into opening these attachments. Once opened, they download and install computer infections. Malicious programs proliferated through spam campaigns usually steal personal details or proliferate other infections. Thus, having computers infected by them usually causes financial/data loss, problems with browsing safety, online privacy, and so on.

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 we mentioned above, to infect computers, the presented attachments (or website links that lead to them) must first be opened. If the attached file is a MS Office document (for example, a Word document), when opened, it will demand permission to enable editing/enable content (i.e. to enable macro commands).

Allowing a malicious document to do this will result in download and installation of high-risk computer infections. Similar rules apply to other files. For example, if the attachment is an .exe (executable) or JavaScript file, it must first be opened (executed).

How to avoid installation of malware?

To avoid serious damage (unwanted consequences) caused by computer infections, handle emails received from unknown or suspicious addresses with care, especially if they contain attachments or web links. Generally, these emails are irrelevant but are presented as official/legitimate. They cannot be trusted and attachments included within them should not be opened.

Keep your computer safe by downloading software from official websites and using direct links. Avoid using dubious source such as Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites, third party downloaders, and other tools of this kind. Update software using tools provided by official software developers only.

Do not use software cracking tools to avoid paying for licensed software. These tools are often used to proliferate malware. Finally, have a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed and have it enabled at all times.

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 "You certainly do not know me" email message:

Subject: I have an offer for you personally personally, believe you must enjoy it, so please go through this. [123456@passaia.it] 26.02.2019 03:04:03

Hi there

You certainly do not know me,although please read the following,since i require your support as a swap for some thing from me personally.I reside in Russia.I was 21 years,and I actually desire to proceed to university.So,i obviously need some cash for this.Since I reside in countryside,we possess a difficult options with work here and the women have absolutely no place to function to generate cash for college.

Yet now i am extremely beautiful and youthful,therefore i will offer you my private shots or even movies.So here is what i can certainly provide you.

- For 90 bucks you will get a collection of my sexual photos
- For 170 bucks I will send out you an erotic video footage with myself

And so For 250 bucks I am going to film the footage with me and do everything you wish in there.The payment need to be mailed exclusively through bitcoin,because i must remain incognito.

I really hope my proposition will certainly remain private and you'll not inform any person about this,especially avoid to reveal my images or this letter to no one.If you are interested,the fee transaction address is below.Just google and yahoo if perhaps you do understand how to use bitcoin.

(if you donít know this,search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).

BTC Address- 1N4Lg4w9ymeD7ixetGtP6xMq3YWLe1RgNG
(It is cAsE sensitive,so copy and paste it)

Additionally you can have a look at my personal photos listed here

on the ??ite my ID:91524 and name is Lillian


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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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus 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: 

malicious process running on user's computer sample

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:

manual malware removal step 1 Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart 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.

Safe Mode with Networking

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.

Windows 8 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.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":


manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck the "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check 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".

locate the malware file you want to remove

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.

searching for malware file on your computer

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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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