Do not trust the Final Warning sextortion scam

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

Final Warning removal guide

What is Final Warning?

Criminals behind this spam campaign, which is classified as a sextortion scam, send emails to many people and hope that some will be tricked. Typically, scammers who send emails of this attempt to blackmail recipients with threats to send compromising, humiliating images or videos to their contacts. We strongly recommend that you do not trust this or other, similar email scams.

Final Warning spam campaign

The scammer behind this sextortion scam claims that this is the last warning given and that a compromising video (and some other details) will be posted to an online forum unless 0.2 Bitcoin is paid within two days. The scammer also claims that a video will be sent to all people on the recipient's contacts list. Recipients supposedly make payment using the provided QR code. Typically, scammers send sextortion and other email scams to many people. They often claim that the computer was infected with some malicious software (e.g., a Remote Access Trojan), which gave them access to the victim's webcam, microphone or even allowed them to take full control of the system. Unfortunately, some people still take these emails seriously and are tricked into paying for nothing.

We receive a great deal of feedback from concerned users about this type of scam email. Here is the most popular question we receive (in this case, relating to a scam that claims to have obtained compromising videos or photos of the user):

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.

Threat Summary:
Name Final Warning Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Cyber criminals behind this sextortion scam claim that they have recorded a compromising video of the recipient and threaten to distribute it.
Size of Ransom 0.2 Bitcoin, $5000 (depending on scam's variant)
Cyber Criminals' Cryptowallet
bc1q9q2mkf5g2ncw5en2ywn8khpupt5k269mjhsc90 (Bitcoin)
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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More examples of similar email scams are "I KNOW YOU OPENED MY LAST MAIL", "The last time you visited a Porn website" and "Hacker who has access to your operating system". Unfortunately, there are many spam campaigns that cyber criminals send to trick recipients into infecting systems with malware through attached files or included website links. Examples of malware that might be distributed through emails include TrickBot, Hancitor, Emotet and LokiBot.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Typically, cyber criminals attempt to infect systems through spam campaigns by sending emails that contain website links or attachments. They often disguise their emails as important, official, etc. Typically, recipients who open the attached files downloaded through links cause installation of other malicious programs. Examples of files that cyber criminals usually attach to their emails are Microsoft Office, PDF documents, executable files (.exe), archive files (e.g., ZIP, RAR) and JavaScript files. If opened with MS Office 2010 or later, MS Office documents do not infect systems unless they receive permission to enable macros commands/editing. Those versions include Protected View mode, which prevents malware from being installed through opened documents. Versions older than MS Office 2010, however, do not include this feature and can cause installation of malicious software automatically.

How to avoid installation of malware

It is not safe to open attachments (or website links) that are included in irrelevant emails, or if those emails are sent from unknown, suspicious addresses. This type of email should be ignored. All software should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites. Other download and installation sources/channels such as Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial pages, third party downloaders (and installers), freeware download pages, free file hosting websites, etc., should not be trusted. Installed programs should be updated only through implemented tools and/or functions that are provided by official developers. The same applies to activation of software. Licensed software should not be activated using unofficial ('cracking') tools. This is illegal and often leads to installation of malware. Regularly scan the operating system with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software and ensure that it is 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 "Final Warning" email message:

Subject: murka111

FINAL WARNING

Do you really think it was some kind of joke or that you can ignore me?

I can see what you are doing.

Stop shopping and f*cking around, your time is almost over. Yea, I know what you were doing past couple of days. I have been observing you.

Btw. nice car you have got there.. I wonder how it will look with pics of your d*ck and face...

Because you think you are smarter and can disregard me, I am posting the videos I recorded with you masturbating to the porn right now. I will upload the videos I acquired along with some of your details to the online forum. I amsure they will love to see you in action, and you will soon discover what is going to happen to you.

If you do not fund this bitcoin address with $1500 within next 2 days, I will contact your relatives and everybody on your contact lists and show them your recordings.

=======

Send 0.2 bitcoin (i.e approx $1500)

to this Bitcoin address:

Scan the QR code with mobile to get the address.

=======

You can buy bitcoin from many places like Bitstamp, Coinbase, Krakenetc, etc.

If you want to save yourself - better act fast, because right now you are f*cked. We will not leave you alone, and there are many people on the groups that will make your life feel really bad.

Another variant of this email scam:

Dο yοu thinκ it was sοme jοke or that you can ignore me? scam email

Text presented within this email (crooks are using random characters that look like letters in order to bypass spam filters):

Original message:

 

Dο yοu thιηκ it was sοme jοke or τhat you can ιgηore me? Ι can see whατ yοu αre dοiηg. Stορ shοpρiηg αnd fuckιηg arouηd, yοur τιme ιs αlmοst ονer. Yeα, I κnow whατ yοu were doiηg the pαsτ couρle of dαys. I hαve beeη obserνing yοur acτινιties.

Βy the wαy, a nice car you hαve goτ τhere. Ι woηder hοw iτ will lοok wιth τhe pιcs οf yοur d**k aηd face.

Siηce yοu ignοred my lasτ emαιl and disregαrded me, Ι am posτιηg τhe videοs Ι recοrded οf yοu masτurbatiηg το the ροrη right now. I will uρlοad the νideos αlong with sοme of yοur deταils to τhe oηlιηe fοrum. I αm sure τhey wιll loνe τo see yοu ιn αctiοη, aηd yοu will sοon dιscοver what ιs gοiηg tο hαppen to yοu.

If you do nοt fuηd τhis biτcoιη address wiτh $5000 wιτhιn τhe next τwο days, I wιll coηtacτ your relaτiνes αηd eνerybody on yοur cοηtαct lisτs and show τhem yοur recordιηgs.

======
Send:

$5000

tο this Βιτcoιη address:

bc1q9q2mkf5g2ncw5en2ywn8khpupt5k269mjhsc90
(Copy and pasτe iτ)
======

There αre maηy ρlaces you cαn buy bitcοιη lιke βiτstamρ, Coιηbαse, Krakeη, eτc., or you can Google τo fιnd more.

Ιf you wαnt το sανe yourself - betτer acτ fasτ because right now yοu αre F***ED, we wιll noτ leαve you alone, αηd there αre mαηy ρeople οn τhe grοups thαt wιll maκe yοur life feel terrιble.

 

"Clean" message:

 

Do you think it was some joke or that you can ignore me? I can see what you are doing. Stop shopping and fucking around, your time is almost over. Yea, I know what you were doing the past couple of days. I have been observing your activities.

By the way, a nice car you have got there. I wonder how it will look with the pics of your d**k and face.

Since you ignored my last email and disregarded me, I am posting the videos I recorded of you masturbating to the porn right now. I will upload the videos along with some of your details to the online forum. I am sure they will love to see you in action, and you will soon discover what is going to happen to you.

If you do not fund this bitcoin address with $5000 within the next two days, I will contact your relatives and everybody on your contact lists and show them your recordings.

======
Send:

$5000

to this Bitcoin address:

bc1q9q2mkf5g2ncw5en2ywn8khpupt5k269mjhsc90
(Copy and paste it)
======

There are many places you can buy bitcoin like Bitstamp, Coinbase, Kraken, etc., or you can Google to find more.

If you want to save yourself - better act fast because right now you are F***ED, we will not leave you alone, and there are many people on the groups that will make your life feel terrible.

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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 autoruns.zip 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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