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Received an email with a password - Drive by exploit ?

My spouse received the below email with one of her passwords on the subject line.

Is there a way to scan her laptop and smartphone devices and block the scammer ?

Thank you !


Hey, I know your password is: xxxxxxxxxx
Your computer was infected with my malware, RAT (Remote Administration Tool), your browser wasn't updated / patched, in such case it's enough to just visit some website where my iframe is placed to get automatically infected, if you want to find out more - Google: "Drive-by exploit".
My malware gave me full access and control over your computer, meaning, I got access to all your accounts (see password above) and I can see everything on your screen, turn on your camera or microphone and you won't even notice about it.

I collected all your private data and I RECORDED YOU (through your webcam) SATISFYING YOURSELF!
After that I removed my malware to not leave any traces.
I can send the video to all your contacts, post it on social network, publish it on the whole web, including the darknet, where the sick people are, I can publish all I found on your computer everywhere!
Only you can prevent me from doing this and only I can help you out in this situation.

Transfer exactly 900$ with the current bitcoin (BTC) price to my bitcoin address.
It's a very good offer, compared to all that horrible shit that will happen if I publish everything!
You can easily buy bitcoin here: xxx.paxfull.com, xxx.coingate.com , xxx.coinchain.com or check for bitcoin ATM near you, or Google for other exchanger.
You can send the bitcoin directly to my address, or create your own wallet first here: blockchain.com : then receive and send to mine.

My bitcoin address is: 1LfYcbCsssB2niF3VWRBTVZFExzsweyPGQ

Copy and paste my address, it's (cAsE-sEnSEtiVE)

I give you 2 days time to transfer the bitcoin!

As I got access to this email account, I will know if this email has already been read.
If you get this email multiple times, it's to make sure you read it, my mailer script has been configured like that and after payment you can ignore it.
After receiving the payment, I will remove everything and you can life your live in peace like before.
Next time update your browser before browsing the web!

Mail-Client-ID: xxxxxxxxxx



Re: Received an email with a password - Drive by exploit ?

It is a known scam.  The password, while legitimate, is usually an old one that the scammer acquired through a data breach somewhere, and not from infecting your computer.  They use that actual password to falsely convince you that everything has been compromised.  Just delete the email.



Re: Received an email with a password - Drive by exploit ?

Thank you SendOfJive !


Re: Received an email with a password - Drive by exploit ?

I’ve had one of those, it showed an old password. Yes it is a scam. Make sure you keep Windows updated as well as the browser. & Norton of course.
Virginia/Twilight Princess. Windows 10 Pro 64bit, iPhone X, iPad Pro 9.7".

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