Do not trust the 'Please Yourself' email scam

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"Please yourself Email Scam" removal guide

What is "Please yourself Email Scam"?

Like most email scams, this one is sent by scammers who seek to extort money from unsuspecting recipients. They claim that the recipient's computer is infected with malware, which allowed them to record a compromising video. Scammers behind this email threaten to proliferate the video unless victims send a specific sum of money. We strongly recommend that you ignore this email and others of its kind.

Please yourself Email Scam spam campaign

Scammers claim that whoever received this email has infected their computer with trojan-type software. According to scammers, they used the malware to collect information such as contacts from email and social media accounts. They also recorded a split-screen video whereby the recipient can apparently be seen "pleasing himself" whilst watching a video on an adult website. Scammers threaten to send this video to all of the recipient's contacts unless they receive $2500 (in Bitcoins) within five days. As mentioned, this email should not be trusted. Generally, scammers send these emails to many people and hope that at least some will fall for their scam. The best option is to simply ignore and delete such emails.

Threat Summary:
Name Please Yourself Email Scam.
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Scammers claim that they recorded a compromising video of the recipient and will distribute it unless they are paid within five days.
Ransom Amount $2500 (in Bitcoins).
Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address 1GKqCo7eW71jVAdYgGSMJQ3G8btojw3CDw;
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the 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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Other examples of similar email scams are "On This Day I Hacked Your OS Email Scam", "I'm A Programmer Who Cracked Your Email Scam", and "Hacker Who Has Access To Your Operating System Email Scam". In most cases, scammers send the emails to trick recipients into believing that humiliating videos have been recorded or photos taken, and threaten to send them to other parties unless a specific sum of money (typically, in cryptocurrency) is paid. In fact, scammers/cyber criminals also use emails to proliferate various malware. For example, malicious software such as TrickBot, Adwind, FormBook, LokiBot, and so on. They send emails that contain an attachment that, if opened, causes installation of high-risk malware. Typically, they proliferate malware that can be used to steal personal, sensitive information such as passwords, logins, banking details, and to infect computers with other malware, etc. Cyber criminals also use emails to spread malicious software categorized as 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 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 haveibeenpwned website.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

As mentioned above, computers become infected through emails that contain malicious attachments. Cyber criminals attach files such as Microsoft Office, PDF documents, archive files such as ZIP, RAR, executable files (.exe), JavaScript files, etc. Generally, they disguise the emails and/or files attached to them as important or official, and hope that recipients open them. The malicious attachments then install malware onto the computer. For example, when recipients open a malicious MS Office document, they are asked to enable editing (macros commands). If this permission is given, a malicious document starts installation of malware. Note that none of the attached files can harm operating systems if they remain unopened.

How to avoid installation of malware

Avoid using third party software downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), or other such tools to download and/or install software. This should be done using only official websites and direct links. Installed software must be updated using implemented functions or tools designed by official software developers. Third party (unofficial) tools are often used to distribute malware. Furthermore, attachments (or web links) included in irrelevant emails received from unknown/suspicious emails should not be opened. Software 'cracking' (activation) tools are illegal and often cause installation of malware. Therefore, do not use tools of this type. Regularly scan the operating system with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software and keep it up-to-date. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "Please yourself Email Scam" email message:

Subject: We got video with you

Hi, how you doing ?

We donít think that itís wrong to please yourself from ever and again.
Some things should remain private, and if your relatives and friends get to know about it, this will be something to worry about.
Something anybody would be desperately embarrassed by.

This will strongly influence your personal life and wellbeing.
For a long moment, we have been tracking your PC activity via a trojan virus that had been installed by yourself and that had infected your PC.
You had been infected after clicking on an poster on one of our virus-infected pornographic websites.

A trojan virus grants us access to your PC and any device that is connected to it, whether via wifi or bluetooth.
We have been monitoring your screen and everything you have been doing - through a live feed - and you had no idea of us doing this.
We also have access to your camera and microphone which we can switch on and off whenever we want.
We have been privately storing all data and info that we have been considering worthwhile.
This information included the following: contacts, social media, emails, etc.
We have recorded a video where you can be seen pleasing yourself. Moreover, weíve made a split-screen footage and shown the video you had been watching.
By clicking a button, I can send this blackmail material to all your contacts.
Want to prevent me from doing this? Send 2500$ to the following bitcoin address.

Bitcoin address: "1GKqCo7eW71jVAdYgGSMJQ3G8btojw3CDw"

Though verification is required, you can easily buy bitcoin. Google how to buy bitcoin.

As soon as payment is complete, your details and video footage will be deleted.
We are very generous, so you have 5 days to process the payment.
Otherwise, I will have to do what I have told you about hereinabove
We donít make mistakes.

Reporting this is useless, it is impossible to track this email address and these emails have been sent via an external server abroad.
These accounts have been hacked.
Should you report this or contact anybody about this, your evidence will be immediately sent out. Besides, we will do anything we can to distribute any other harmful information.
Once this email is opened, we will be notified, and since then the clock will start ticking
You have 5 days exactly, not a minute longer.

Best Regards

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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 Malwarebytes 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 1Download 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 and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In 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.

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 Malwarebytes for Windows.

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