"Your Account Was Hacked" Email Scam And How To Prevent It

Cybercriminals actively use the Your Account Was Hacked email scam as a way to scam users and get ransom amounts from them. As an unfortunate victim of such attacks, you will receive an email stating that your email address is hacked/infected with malware. They will also say that they have recorded a compromising video which will be leaked along with personal data/details unless you pay the hackers. It is one of the text-book email scams that happen to many people every year. Keep in mind that the scammers can demand anything as ransom and you get compelled to comply with them, otherwise you risk losing your sensitive personal data.

Here is a look at how these email scams appear in your mailbox:

Email Type 1

Here is an example of a typical text victims receive "Your Account Was Hacked" email message. Usually, these emails have Bitcoin wallet addresses.

Your account was hacked! Renew the pswd right away!
You probably do not know me me and you may be certainly wanting to know for what reason you're receiving this message, right?
I'm ahacker who burstyour emailand devices and gadgetsnot so long ago.
Do not attempt to msg me or alternatively try to find me, it is definitely hopeless, because I sent you a letter from YOUR hacked account.
I installed spyware on the adult vids (porno) website and suppose you enjoyed this site to enjoy it (you know what I mean).
During you have been watching content, your browser started out operating as a RDP (Remote Control) that have a keylogger that granted me authority to access your desktop and webcam.
Afterward, my programobtainedall information.
You have typed passcodes on the websites you visited, I caught all of them.
Surely, you could possibly change each of them, or perhaps already modified them.
But it really doesn't matter, my malware renews it every time.
And what did I do?
I compiled a reserve copy of every your system. Of all files and personal contacts.
I got a dual-screen video recording. The 1st section demonstrates the video you were observing (you've got a good preferences, ahah...), the second screen demonstrates the movie from your camera.
What should you do?
Great, in my opinion, 1000 USD is basically a reasonable amount of money for this little riddle. You'll do the deposit by bitcoins (in case you don't understand this, go searching "how to purchase bitcoin" in any search engine).
My bitcoin wallet address:
1DyiDqXUQ44qbnuBxARp5Q2Q2j6pvXZAyQ, 17qQSJatXXj5DnjMLjNGXx9BT7NUhqimRx, 15LZuFSVyDAoaNLtbh4ru7ZQWvZxEosCaf, 18DGKAQ3gHQVmPHPVyLvBGsCoX1d4G8yfq, 1JRfE57ZF8Eaqa7DktHmVCoAneA8q4fpP2, 1LthzYVB7jrYFPnJHDLriDnxk4BJ4Ch2jf, 1GXBRWZaTqTEvxY2NzfdrMwYbPHqfWNNYE, 14GHLvKaXSNtDTkshZi5j8uUo3mFtJ52FN, 19SDJp3rdgU99sadqEb437b1qAynsCg9r8, 1LWbhU7623zZjLHTnfTRyrcqbRnXoVKaBd, 1GVgsTh6j1oh5PUksWQDdiChtsRiWwkR6Q, 14dM8NWRhdzKixe3hcvY6HfQGcjt736Gkc, 1FUieDeAPMpTpz67aKfr1jsWXmJfvQ6V8w, 1CUmFahadM9fmENHcdepbwSENEdmqh7VeF, 19Bk81t5nG8DZJSaJB6xqgvqfs1pCeF4KS, 1Cboy74YFQy1pLJTRrnibYfqiVo3FXv9fe, 1LP5g9uxYdqkTGZfgjRU9dFbY3pra3BaPw, 1EcoMxqqevYgoK6syi3TD4mTaSJGYLQbGw, 1Jo478RY2qC8vZ1cxSmk2WFjq5j9bpfDuv
(It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it).
Warning:
You will have 48 hours to make the payment. (I built in an unique pixel to this message, and right now I understand that you've read through this email).
To tracethe reading of a messageand the actionsin it, I utilizea Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Everything thatcan be usedfor the authorities should helpus.)

If I fail to get bitcoins, I will immediately offer your videofile to each of your contacts, including family members, colleagues, and so forth?


 

Email Type 2:

Hackers may also send users emails like this one:

Hi, your account has been infected! Renew the password this time!
You do not know anything about me and you may be probably surprised for what reason you're reading this particular letter, proper?
I'mhacker who exploitedyour emailand all devicesnot so long ago.
Never try out to msg me or alternatively seek for me, it's impossible, because I forwarded you this message using YOUR hacked account.
I've installed special program on the adult videos (porno) site and guess that you visited this site to have fun (you understand what I mean).
While you have been keeping an eye on video clips, your internet browser started out to act like a RDP (Remote Control) having a keylogger that provided me access to your screen and network camera.
Then, my softobtainedall information.
You have typed passcodes on the online resources you visited, I caught them.
Surely, you are able change each of them, or have already modified them.
However it doesn't matter, my program renews needed data regularly.
What actually I have done?
I generated a reserve copy of every your system. Of all the files and each contact.
I formed a dual-screen videofile. The first part displays the film that you were watching (you have got an interesting preferences, ahah...), and the second screen displays the recording from your own camera.
What exactly should you do?
Clearly, I think, 1000 USD will be a fair price for our small riddle. You will make the deposit by bitcoins (if you do not understand this, go searching "how to purchase bitcoin" in any search engine).
My bitcoin wallet address:
12xDmKxf28FStr6pxVCbv56sPf2nvL3jmT, 1GCz3YBhwpqFRUQ4B3rEvpiEkn6XtTD4GA, 15tGbgpiksnzBY1tef2LgUbJ9pZvoDjCbs, 18iDcSiS48kPAkbxUnyeeqwVx65Vgbwr2U, 1KmzrKYxcpAyEVEH38KPrMSVfGejk1ABQz, 1BkkLeRcUjrakVNFtAgAgfMjDb4TPUw8Pz, 1C242L8qAXRxudv6KBAahi81GHS5wpc8cF, 1NwbnYRDJwcAXRwRsJMZRFs7Gt4psir5S9, 149zE8ZaYXk1CtpfY5qsiuaf7LSdqsRs88, 1HUHBgNHYCz9Djy9z615adkgd2NYQNMVUd, 1LX5SEa54kf2SaAWH1vJ1F8SPkhpHCmzY9, 1E5tz2erjoh9Bx4U54PZPHrS51TgaGfCps, 1JKJEkK4FEmWixuBBTm8SojW3ACTt6oVFT, 1816WoXDtSmAM9a4e3HhebDXP7DLkuaYAd, 149J6aqKnjLTLdCCL39isvPxQh1xTjhEq5, 1F3GRSteD9XbVsUVNxj4FrTPrKvDmwiZVz, 1JwrTTYu1KkrJLUbWmDFC2WLMg4RP2YCRq, 1GL3psbvhB1pJJLQub8ABjPUstThPpfgnb, 178weWXPeMALJjq72tYxmWgNx5bQDpKN9u, 1N27jsKEDaxRfYF6pkGvyANQhPuZzzECBz
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it).
Important:
You will have 2 days in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel in this letter, and at the moment I understand that you've read through this email).
To tracethe reading of a messageand the actionsin it, I utilizea Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (That whichis usedfor the authorities may helpus.)

In case I fail to get bitcoins, I shall undoubtedly send your video files to each of your contacts, along with relatives, co-workers, etc?

Email Type 3:

Another variant of "This Account is hacked" email scam:

Hi, this account has been hacked! Modify the password right now!
You do not know anything about me and you really are probably surprised for what reason you're reading this email, proper?
I'm ahacker who openedyour emailand devicesa few months ago.
Do not attempt to communicate with me or try to find me, in fact it's not possible, since I forwarded you an email using YOUR hacked account.
I've started virus to the adult videos (porn) website and guess you have spent time on this website to have a good time (you realize what I want to say).
Whilst you have been paying attention to vids, your internet browser started out to act like a RDP (Remote Control) that have a keylogger that provided me authority to access your screen and web camera.
Next step, my softwarestoleall information.
You have put passcodes on the websites you visited, and I already caught all of them.
Needless to say, you can modify each of them, or have already modified them.
But it really doesn't matter, my malware updates it regularly.
And what I have done?
I made a backup of your device. Of all files and contact lists.
I got a dual-screen movie. The 1 part reveals the clip you were watching (you have got a good preferences, huh...), and the 2nd screen reveals the movie from your camera.
What actually must you do?
Good, in my view, 1000 USD will be a reasonable amount of money for this very little riddle. You will do the deposit by bitcoins (in case you don't recognize this, search "how to purchase bitcoin" in any search engine).
My bitcoin wallet address:
14B3FpCjNnoGxTsGor46Wk689GsvKbyv4x, 1FcCacS5pebEKMR6wtz7k98JEqbhfhCkDw, 1PAcoXVyzBDRryyg3MAmBQhDuofNYu55Uo, 12s4cfoNTzT68gSdxLjmSRT3qdvaqwDWNz, 15D5A6C5peaK8wF4eAlW5GfYzp3YVmaGP6
(It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it).
Important:
You have only 2 days to perform the payment. (I have an exclusive pixel in this letter, and right now I understand that you have read this email).
To tracethe reading of a messageand the activityin it, I set upa Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (That whichis appliedfor the authorities may also helpus.)
In case I fail to get bitcoins, I will undoubtedly direct your video files to all your contacts, including relatives, co-workers, and many more?

Email Type 4:

Some Users may Also receive emails like this one:

This account is now hacked! Change the password right this moment!
You do not know me me and you really are definitely wondering for what reason you're receiving this email, proper?
I am a hacker who exploited your email and OS two months ago.
It will be a time wasting to attempt to msg me or find me. it is definitely impossible since I forwarded you an email from YOUR account that I've hacked.
I have started special program on the adult videos (porno) website and suppose that you have visited this site to enjoy it (you understand what I want to say).
When you were taking a look at films, your internet browser began functioning like a RDP (Remote Control) with a keylogger which granted me access to your monitor and camera.
Next step, my softgatheredall info.
You have entered passwords on the websites you visited, I caught them.
Surely, you'll be able to change each of them, or possibly already changed them.
However it does not matter, my malware updates needed data every time.
And what did I do?
I got a reserve copy of every your device. Of all the files and personal contacts.
I formed a dual-screen video. The 1st section displays the clip you had been observing (you've an interesting preferences, huh...), and the 2nd screen displays the movie from your own web camera.
What should you do?
Great, I believe, 1000 USD is a inexpensive price for our very little secret. You will make the deposit by bitcoins (in case you don't understand this, try to find "how to purchase bitcoin" in any search engine).
My bitcoin wallet address:

1N69twRyL3hsnt-Ti2z3fKZ3RipN1972dFx, 1Nv29du52zVq2dSyrRJEyn4ffWiaheXq9Q

(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it).
Important:
You will have only 48 hours to send the payment (I built in an exclusive pixel to this letter, and at the moment I know that you've read through this email).
To tracethe reading of a letter and the actions inside it, I set up a Facebook pixel. Thanks to them.
(Everything that is applied for the authorities may also helpus.)
In case I do not get bitcoins, I'll undoubtedly send your video file to all your contacts, along with family members, co-workers, and many more?

 

How to Prevent "Email was hacked" Malware attacks?

  • Use appropriate fully-updated anti-malware software to browse the internet with the necessary precautions and care.

  • Avoid opening any suspicious website links, attachments, and media files attached to the emails from questionable/unknown email addresses.

  • Do not open any files/attachments which do not concern you personally.

  • Update anti-malware software from official sites and as directed by the officials

  • Do not download software from unauthentic and shady sources

  • Use latest, official versions of MS Office which support Protective View mode

  • Keep in mind that such scams can detect and disable any low-quality anti-spyware available on your device. So, the best way to reduce the chances of such attacks is to be careful while browsing the internet and use necessary precautions.

  • Change your password! Do not use the same password for every site, in case of a complex password.

  • Use a password manager


 

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