It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood. Remember those emails we used to get claiming some person in Nigeria has a ton of money he wanted to send to you, but first he required either certain information from you, or he needed you to send him some money to get the ball rolling? Those were the good old days. Now, we have a fun new game I refer to as phishing for coin.

When these emails first started hitting Inboxes it really got folks stirred up because the supposedly cracked password looked real enough to one the recipient might have used in the past, or was actually using, that it really put a scare into people. What has been found though, is that in almost all cases the message was a blatant phishing attempt using scare tactics. To be honest it is pretty scary seeing even a partially correct formerly used password in the message. I’d love to know how they’re doing it. Somewhere along the line something somewhere released information. The following is the contents of a message a friend of mine received recently. From what he’s told me he’s now receiving at least one of these a day. I’m posting the message content here so you have an example of the message as a frame of reference. Unfortunately for my friend, the company he works for is using a hosted Exchange service that apparently doesn’t offer decent filtering tools.

Your account has been infected! Change the pswd immediately!
You do not heard about me and you may be most likely wanting to know for what reason you’re receiving this email, proper?
I’m hacker who cracked your email and devices and gadgets not so long ago.
Do not try to get in touch with me or find me, in fact it’s not possible, because I directed you this message from YOUR account that I’ve hacked.

I set up virus on the adult vids (porno) website and suppose that you have enjoyed this site to have a good time (you know what I mean).

When you have been keeping an eye on content, your browser began to act as a RDP (Remote Control) with a keylogger which gave me the ability to access your screen and web camera. Consequently, my software program gathered all info. You have wrote passwords on the sites you visited, and I intercepted them. Needless to say, you’ll be able to modify them, or have already changed them. But it doesn’t matter, my program updates needed data regularly.

What I have done? I compiled a reserve copy of the device. Of all files and personal contacts. I have managed to create dual-screen record. The 1 section shows the clip you had been watching (you have an interesting preferences, ahah…), and the second part reveals the tape from your webcam. What exactly should you do?

Great, in my view, 1000 USD is a realistic price for this small riddle. You’ll make your payment by bitcoins (in case you don’t know this, go searching “how to purchase bitcoin” in Google).

My bitcoin wallet address:
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it).

You have 48 hours to send the payment. (I put an exclusive pixel in this letter, and at this point I understand that you have read this email). To monitor the reading of a letter and the actions within it, I set up a Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (The stuff that can be used for the authorities can help us.)

If I fail to get bitcoins, I will certainly give your video to all your contacts, along with relatives, colleagues, and so forth?

Of course, I had to edit for readability and correct a boat load of grammar; clearly English isn’t their first language.That being said, that isn’t the case for all these types of messages. Some of them are quite artfully crafted possessing perfect grammar and structure.

So, to my point. If you’re seeing messages like this showing up in your Inbox, 99 times out of 100 it’s junk. Most of these messages don’t have links in them, however if they do never click the links under any circumstances. If you’re a client of CISS and you’re seeing these I need to know about it so the appropriate steps can be taken to filter these messages. If you’re not and you’d like information about how to get filtering that will help prevent these from getting to your Inbox give me a call or send an email. What ever you do stay alert and vigilant.

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