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Scam to watch out for

Post by Phil Reynolds » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:29 am

Morning everyone. I've been targeted by a rather nasty scam which I'd like to warn others about.

I received an email claiming that my account had been hacked and through it a "trojan horse" virus had been installed on my computer. The sender claimed to have been using this for over six months to spy on all my online activity and to have filmed me viewing certain "intimate content". 😶

The email went on to say that unless I pay a sum of money (about $800) to a specified bitcoin account within 48 hours, this alleged compromising material would be sent to all my contacts. I received a large number of copies of the email, all identical apart from small details like the nickname used by the sender and the precise amount of money being demanded.

I wouldn't normally be bothered by this sort of phishing attack, except for one worrying thing: the email quoted the password that had supposedly been hacked which, although it isn't the one I use for email, is an actual password that (until about an hour ago) I used on several sites including my online banking. 😯

I've done a bit of research and it seems that what these scammers have in fact done is acquired a load of passwords that were leaked as a result of a historic data breach. They have not actually hacked any accounts themselves and do not have access to your computer.

If you receive one or more of these emails, DON'T panic, do NOT send any money and, if the password they quote is one you currently use for anything important... CHANGE IT! You might also consider forwarding the email to NFIBPhishing@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk.

(And if I've got this horribly wrong and the internet ends up plastered with videos of me cracking one off while looking at photos of AJ Pritchard shirtless - enjoy.)

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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Zarte Siempre » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:52 am

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:29 am
(And if I've got this horribly wrong and the internet ends up plastered with videos of me cracking one off while looking at photos of AJ Pritchard shirtless - enjoy.)
I was feeling quite sympathetic until this bit. If you're going to have terrible taste, you deserve all the scammers you get...

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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Phil Reynolds » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:07 pm

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:52 am
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:29 am
photos of AJ Pritchard shirtless
terrible taste
Photos of him have the advantage that you don't have to listen to him talking.

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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Ian Volante » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:10 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:07 pm
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:52 am
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:29 am
photos of AJ Pritchard shirtless
terrible taste
Photos of him have the advantage that you don't have to listen to him talking.
I just looked him up, and it looks like he's read the instructions on how to smile in a book, and is trying too hard!
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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Phil Reynolds » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:46 pm

Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:10 pm
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:07 pm
AJ Pritchard
I just looked him up, and it looks like he's read the instructions on how to smile in a book, and is trying too hard!
Agreed. But then, arse like two hard-boiled eggs in a hankie, so meh.

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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Ian Volante » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:29 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:46 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:10 pm
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:07 pm
AJ Pritchard
I just looked him up, and it looks like he's read the instructions on how to smile in a book, and is trying too hard!
Agreed. But then, arse like two hard-boiled eggs in a hankie, so meh.
I can't argue with that.
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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Zarte Siempre » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:35 am

I never did like hard-boiled eggs...
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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Mark Deeks » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:05 pm

I got one in a similar vein that wasn't sexplotative, but claimed it had my password and wanted money for their silence. Thing is, the email contained the password they had hacked. And it really was one of mine. Bit disconcerting so I've immediately signed over all my stuff to them. More fool them, though - my stuff is shit.
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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Phil Reynolds » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:26 am

Mark Deeks wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:05 pm
Thing is, the email contained the password they had hacked. And it really was one of mine. Bit disconcerting
Er yeah, that was the main point of my original post. :roll:

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Re: Scam to watch out for

Post by Mark Deeks » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:31 am

Ok, cool. The important thing is not to overreact.
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