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I received an email from what appeared to be my email address saying I was hacked and I need to send BitCoin or my file would be destroyed. I found the email in my junk mail so I'm a little skeptical but I'm also a little scared. Is there any way to see if it's for real?



Re: RansonWare

Hello Michael. This is nothing more than a scam, spoofing attempt to get you to open a message and/or links within it. Delete the message and monitor your e-mail account.


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Re: RansonWare

Hi Michael_Barrett:

Further to SoulAsylum's comment, see GOPOSTALMAIL's thread Received Spam Email for more information about these scam e-mails. That thread includes a link to the 15-Oct-2018 Sophos NakedSecurity blog entry Beware sextortionists spoofing your own email address (kudos to SendOfJive for the link to this article) about different variants of this e-mail that are currently in wide circulation.  I've received a few myself that were caught by my e-mail server's spam filter and ended up in my Junk folder.
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Re: RansonWare

I received a similar email yesterday. It is an obvious scam attempt for the following reasons:

(1) The email claimed to be sent from my own address, but it was found in my spam folder. If I email myself, it ends up in my inbox, not my spam folder.

(2) If the message was sent from my account, a copy should be found in the sent folder. No such copy was found. So unless the hacker decided to delete the message in the sent folder (which doesn't make sense if he's trying to persuade me that he actually did compromise my email account), then it's not sent from my account.

(3) The message only listed my email address, but when I send a message it has my name as well, further indicating that it did not come from my account.

(4) No actual details about me were provided in the email message, even though the message claimed to have specific details about me (specifically my contacts list).

Email addresses can be spoofed (faked) so this is likely the case here, making it appear to have come from my email address, but in reality it did not.

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