Chick-a-Dee Photo & Design has received a fake blackmail extortion email, please read to keep you and your business informed and safe.
firstname.lastname@example.org has password...
Hello Monday morning
Monday’s always seem a bit hectic as it is the day I review my weekly emails that monitor my client websites. Today it seems I am especially lucky to have received an email (caught in my spam file) regarding my email password. The email author claims to have cracked my email password and through it, has gained access to all my contacts. It goes on to threaten me that they will release some sorted videos of me watching questionable websites to all my contacts. In order to prevent the spreading of these scandalous videos of me, I am to pay a ransom amount of $915. Really, who requests $915 as a ransom why not $1000? Anyway, after my initial shock of actually receiving one of these, I really had to laugh.
Now because I work in the tech online industry, pretty much nothing surprises me anymore. I am bombarded with email scams, I monitor client sites and protect them from the daily barrage of BRUTE FORCE attacks and so forth. This one however, did make me pause…and NOT because I surf the wrong kind of websites lol, but because in my industry these can be very real threats. Thankfully because of my experience, I recognized that this was a scam, did a bit of investigation and in the end decided that this was an excellent training tool…OH and I DELETED IT!!!
So, here I am posting this message so that I can help to inform my clients, friends and family on the various threats and scams that our online world throws at us daily. Many of you are still quite wary of technology and the world wide web and if you received something like this, it would cause great distress so please continue to read this, share this and learn from this to keep your online presence safe.
DON’T CLICK ON ANY LINKS!
As scary as this is, if you just slow down and really read the message, you will see the errors in their message.
- Firstly, I actually have tape on my webcam (working in this industry does make you a bit paranoid) so they can’t possible have any video of me or my family.
- Secondly, I definitely do not surf questionable websites and even if I did, again being in this industry, I know how to hide those types of surfing lol.
- And Finally, I have never used the password they are suggesting I used. (However, there are versions of this scam that they use old passwords from years ago that you have already changed).
The best defence against these idiots is to be INFORMED and don’t do knee jerk decisions without consulting trusted people that know or can find out about these scams.
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The more we share and inform others around us, the less power these scams have. Please share this post with as many people as you can…Knowledge IS power!