Scam emails and ransom requests

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018

Security and cybersecurity are of the upmost important for all of us. Scam emails are unfortunately received very often. Below are some measures you can take if you receive such ransom requests.

You receive a message in your inbox threatening to distribute intimate photos or videos if you do not pay a bitcoin ransom. The email begins with a convincing detail: a current or former password.

Don’t panic. You received a “sextortion” scam email. It is very unlikely the hackers are in possession of compromising images or videos. They obtained your information from lists with passwords that were stolen or leaked. They send the same message to all users on that list in the hope that some send them the money they are requesting.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Never pay the ransoms.
  • Do not click on any link and don’t open any attached file. Delete the email right away.
  • Change your passwords for all your accounts.
  • Install updates for all your software and antivirus.
  • Enrol into Multi-factor authentication.

Keep up to date on the latest tricks used by cyberattackers so you can prevent them!

 

Example of sextortion email

Example of sextortion email

 

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