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Do not trust the "Reminder about your dirty deeds!" scam emails

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Damage level: Medium

What is "Reminder about your dirty deeds!" email scam?

"Reminder about your dirty deeds!" refers to an email spam campaign - a large-scale operation during which thousands of deceptive letters are sent. The emails distributed through this campaign use the sextortion scam model. These letters claim that the scammer currently has access to the recipient's device.

The infiltration supposedly occurred through a recent log-in credential leak, which was used by third-parties to infect the exposed machines with malware. By using the nonexistent infection, the sender states to have obtained an explicit video of the recipient. Hence, if they refuse to pay - the video will be sent to their contacts.

It must be emphasized that all of the claims made by these scam emails - are false. Therefore, neither have the recipients' devices been compromised, nor were any recordings made.

Reminder about your dirty deeds! email spam campaign

"Reminder about your dirty deeds!" scam email in detail

The "Reminder about your dirty deeds!" emails (subject/tile "Money Transfer Confirmation."; may vary) state that the sender has been monitoring the recipient's online activity for about four months. The letters then tell the tale of how this became possible. Allegedly, half a year ago, there was a data leak that included the recipient's email provider.

Hackers used the exposed information to infect victims' machines with loader-type malicious programs, designed to download/install additional malware. This was supposedly the case with the recipient's device as well. The sender claims to have paid the hackers and subsequently infected several machines with spyware.

The operating systems that did not contain information of interest were injected with cryptocurrency miners. However, that was not the case with the recipient's device. The scammer dubs the recipient a "huge fan" of highly questionable (potentially illegal) pornographic content, as proven by their media player logs and browsing history.

Through the device's camera/microphone, multiple recordings have been made of the recipient while they were watching said material. Afterwards, several explicit split-screen videos were edited together, featuring the recipient at the top and what they were watching - at the bottom of the screen.

The recipient is informed that they must pay the sender 1550 USD worth of Bitcoin cryptocurrency within 48 hours, else the videos will be sent to their contacts' list - including colleagues, relatives, and friends. If the ransom demands are met, the sender promises that the video will be deleted and the spyware in their device - removed.

These hoax messages also contain information about Bitcoins and how difficult their transactions are to track, how the bogus publication and recording-deletion works, futility in responding to the email, and advice to change the log-in credentials (i.e., usernames/passwords) of the possibly compromised accounts.

As mentioned in the introduction, all of the claims made by the "Reminder about your dirty deeds!" emails - are fake. Therefore, recipients are in no danger whatsoever, and they must simply ignore these letters.

Threat Summary:
Name Reminder about your dirty deeds! Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Scam emails claim that an explicit/compromising video was made featuring the recipient, and unless they pay - it will be sent to their contacts.
Ransom Amount 1550 USD in Bitcoin cryptocurrency
Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address 199ZxJd71PJkMjjTdQdh7ekmQ2amE1tVe6 (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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Spam campaigns in general

"I have e-mailed you from your account", "Your device was compromised", "Your cloud storage was compromised", "This is not a formal email", and "I have got two not really pleasant news for you" are some examples of sextortion emails. Deceptive letters can have a broad range of disguises and use various scam models.

Aside from phishing and other scams, spam campaigns are also used to proliferate malware (e.g., trojans, ransomware, cryptominers, etc.). Due to how widespread spam mail is, it is strongly advised to exercise caution with incoming emails and messages.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Systems are infected via malicious files distributed through spam campaigns. These files can be attached to and/or linked inside the emails. Infectious files can be in various formats, e.g., archives, executables, Microsoft Office and PDF documents, JavaScript, etc. When virulent files are opened - malware download/installation is initiated.

For example, Microsoft Office documents infect systems 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 system through spam mail, it is 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 via dubious download channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.), illegal activation tools ("cracks"), and fake updates. It is important to download only from official/verified sources and activate/update programs with tools provided by legitimate developers.

To ensure device and user safety, it is crucial 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 "Reminder about your dirty deeds!" scam email letter:

Subject: Money Transfer Confirmation.

 

Greetings!

 

This email has nothing good for you. It is a reminder about your dirty deeds!

 

It has been around 4 months since your device that you use to access the internet, has been infected with spyware.
I have been tracking your online activities for a long time by now.

 

How it has become possible:
Approximately half a year ago there was a huge leak of personal data (mainly passwords and logins), including your email provider (*********).
Professional hackers have used this data in order to access the operating systems of potential victims (including you as well),
and installed special loaders that can be used to install absolutely anything to the infected devices.

 

I would like to point out that antivirus companies are struggling to deal with such spyware since long time ago,
because Trojan software codes keep continuously updating and hence, not allowing antiviruses to do anything.

 

Likewise, all that personal data has become available at the black market and I have purchased it to install my spyware and start checking out people's personal information,
hoping to find something interesting.
Some people had a lot of boring documents, some people have basic games, while others play casino... all those devices have been utilized by us in order to do cryptocurrency mining.
However, eventually I have stumbled upon something really special while checking your personal data!

 

You are truly a huge fan of watching kinky videos (it is easy to confirm by checking the activity log of your multimedia players and browser history).
I have been filtering out for some time the most shocking videos with you masturbating, while recording you via your device's camera and microphone.
As result, I have generated sample videos exposing the way you are pleasing yourself (in really impressive manners sometimes),
while the lower part of the screen plays the video that you were watching at that point of time.

 

I have managed to create a really nice collection for the past few months!
What do you think would happen, if those videos get shared to your colleagues, relatives and friends?
Taking in consideration the "specificity" of the videos you had been watching, the opinion of your friends about your personality will be changed once and for all.
I guess, you might have troubles with law due to certain videos from that collection...
But I don't want to get you in this kind of troubles, since I have no interest in that.

 

I simply want to get some money from you, since I have spent quite a significant amount of time and effort to get all this done!
Let's agree like this: 1550$ (USD) of bitcoin equivalent will be good enough for me! If you want to pay more - please, feel free!

 

My BTC wallet for your transaction is: 199ZxJd71PJkMjjTdQdh7ekmQ2amE1tVe6

 

It is really not that hard to purchase bitcoin and send it to my wallet. Based on the logs, I can say that you are not a stupid person and really known how to use the internet.
Frankly speaking, I can't imagine where else this kind of videos (with you masturbating) can be found.

 

Once I receive a notification of your transaction, I will immediately delete your kinky videos right away together with the porn that you were watching at that point of time.
Afterwards, I will completely forget about you - don't worry, you are not the only one like that!

 

By the way, you have no idea how many there are people around the globe that watch porn, while masturbating.
However, those guys don't watch such kinky videos with nasty models that your like to watch!!!
Likewise, regardless of everything mentioned above, there is no reason for you to panic!

 

Here are several simple rules for you to end it all in the most problem-free manner:
# You have 48 hours to complete the bitcoin transaction. If I don't receive any money from you after 48 hours,
 then I will upload the videoclip exposing you to online resources and forward it to your entire contact list.
 Even your closest relatives, colleagues and friends will receive an email or SMS from me.
 You've got to complete everything necessary within the allocated time - I won't be waiting any longer that that!
# Timer will start automatically right after you open this email. Please note, that even though the email gets opened by somebody else, the timer will still start.
# There is no point to reply this email. The sender address has been generated - I have merely used a random address from the internet. All you need to do is pay.
# In case if you decide to find me - that is a bad idea, since I am using nodes, same as blockchain system, which are used to carry out bitcoin transactions.
# The idea to reinstall the Operating System would not help either. Even if you burn down your device, it still won't solve the problem.
 All the files have already been encrypted and saved at remote file hosting websites.
# Once the transaction is complete, there is no need to notify me about that. I will be able to see it by myself, since I am monitoring all your online activities.

 

Please keep in mind the most important thing:
Once you complete the transaction, I will delete my Trojan virus from your device as well as all the discrediting videos from remote online resources.
Afterwards, you can forget about me and this unpleasant situation as well. That is the best solution to this problem!

 

One last advice for you: change all the access information to all your online services, since I may be not only one who has the access to all your accounts!

 

Please be reasonable.
Good luck!

Appearance of the "Reminder about your dirty deeds!" scam email (GIF):

Reminder about your dirty deeds! email scam appearance (GIF)

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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 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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

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