What is the "I have e-mailed you from your account Email Scam"?
"I have e-mailed you from your account Email Scam" is a sextortion spam campaign. This term defines a mass-scale operation during which thousands of deceptive emails are sent. These letters falsely claim about there being a compromising video featuring the recipient, which will be leaked - unless the ransom demands are met.
It must be emphasized that none of the information provided by these emails is true. Therefore, no such recordings exist, and neither recipients' devices nor their privacy have been compromised.
"I have e-mailed you from your account" email in detail
The "I have e-mailed you from your account" scam emails (subject/title "payment in two days"; may vary) claim to have sent these letters via recipients' own mail accounts. This fake statement supposedly means that the sender has access to the users' devices.
These deceptive emails then state that the systems were infected with malware originating from an adult-themed website that the recipients have visited. The scammers claim to have recorded a video via the devices' cameras with the aid of the nonexistent malware infection.
The recording was allegedly made while the recipients were visiting pornography sites. The "video" contains a recording of the user on one side and the content they were watching - on the other. Additionally, the scam emails state that the recipients' email and social networking platform contact lists were obtained.
The scammers threaten to send the fake video to these contacts - unless users transfer 250 USD worth of Bitcoin cryptocurrency to the listed cryptowallet address. The ransom must be paid within 48 hours, starting from the moment the "I have e-mailed you from your account" letter was opened.
Recipients are warned that sharing the emails - will result in the recording being sent to the extracted contacts. As mentioned in the introduction, all of the claims made by these letters are false. Therefore, by trusting them - users will only suffer a financial loss and potentially experience repeated scam attempts.
|Name||I have e-mailed you from your account Email Scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Scam emails claim that an explicit video featuring the recipient will be leaked unless a ransom is paid.|
|Ransom Amount||250 USD in Bitcoin cryptocurrency|
|Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address||1G4KfrBD8HDJncWV3ghvKReY1rGYEZZLzw, 14VQEwhVgrPdngfWrrMvMBaK8bXDS1vnmr, 1FbN9mgTzppSUGRgBs1o7N8FpPQVfoRrKd, 1D8qdtNLNbvugZyMYUyhzcGiCdFinxHgtH|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Spam campaigns in general
"Your device was compromised", "Your cloud storage was compromised", "I monitored your device on the net for a long time", "I have got two not really pleasant news for you", and "Within 96 hours I'll ruin your prestige" are some examples of sextortion spam campaigns.
The emails use a wide variety of scam models. Deceptive letters are typically presented as "urgent", "important", "priority", and similar; they may even be disguised as mail from legitimate companies, organizations, institutions, authorities, service providers, and other entities.
Aside from phishing and other scams, these emails are also used to proliferate malware (e.g., trojans, ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, etc.). Due to how widespread spam mail is, it is advised to exercise caution with incoming emails and messages.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
When the files are opened - malware download/installation is initiated. For example, Microsoft Office documents cause infections by executing malicious macro commands. This process begins the moment a document is opened in Microsoft Office versions released before 2010. Newer versions have "Protected View" mode that prevents automatic execution of macros. Instead, users can manually enable editing/content (i.e., macro commands).
How to avoid installation of malware?
To avoid infecting the device via spam mail, it is expressly advised against opening suspicious and irrelevant emails - especially any attachments or links present in them. It is recommended to use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010.
Malware is also spread through dubious download sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.), illegal activation tools ("cracks"), and fake updates. Therefore, it is important to download from official/verified channels and activate/update programs with tools provided by genuine developers.
To ensure device and user safety, it is paramount to have a dependable anti-virus installed and kept updated. This software has to be used to run regular system scans and to remove detected threats. If you've 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 have e-mailed you from your account" scam email letter:
Subject: payment in two days
Have you recently noticed that I have e-mailed you from your account?
Yes, this simply means that I have total access to your device.
For the last couple of months, I have been watching you.
Still wondering how is that possible? Well, you have been infected with malware originating from an adult website that you visited. You may not be familiar with this, but I will try explaining it to you.
With help of the Trojan Virus, I have complete access to a PC or any other device.
This simply means I can see you at any time I wish to on your screen by simply turning on your camera and microphone, without you even noticing it. In addition, I have also got access to your contacts list and all your correspondence.
You may be asking yourself, "But my PC has an active antivirus, how is this even possible? Why didn't I receive any notification?" Well, the answer is simple: my malware uses drivers, where I update the signatures every four hours, making it undetectable, and hence keeping your antivirus silent.
I have a video of you wanking on the left screen, and on the right screen - the video you were watching while masturbating.
Wondering how bad could this get? With just a single click of my mouse, this video can be sent to all your social networks, and e-mail contacts.
I can also share access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.
All you have to do to prevent this from happening is - transfer bitcoins worth $250 (USD) to my Bitcoin address (if you have no idea how to do this, you can open your browser and simply search: "Buy Bitcoin").
My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1G4KfrBD8HDJncWV3ghvKReY1rGYEZZLzw, 1AbhXaiFxR52NDTrjAtzsdyhooVNoVchy1, 1FbN9mgTzppSUGRgBs1o7N8FpPQVfoRrKd, 1D8qdtNLNbvugZyMYUyhzcGiCdFinxHgtH, 3847sB8zkwNocm2ff2bzjdrGKYrE9cKGXi
After receiving a confirmation of your payment, I will delete the video right away, and that's it, you will never hear from me again.
You have 2 days (48 hours) to complete this transaction.
Once you open this e-mail, I will receive a notification, and my timer will start ticking.
Any attempt to file a complaint will not result in anything, since this e-mail cannot be traced back, same as my bitcoin id.
I have been working on this for a very long time by now; I do not give any chance for a mistake.
If, by any chance I find out that you have shared this message with anybody else, I will broadcast your video as mentioned above.
Appearance of the "I have e-mailed you from your account" email (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "I have e-mailed you from your account"?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of possible malware infections.
- 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 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:
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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.