Threat Database Adware 'I RECORDED YOU!' Email Scam

'I RECORDED YOU!' Email Scam

By GoldSparrow in Adware

The ‘I RECORDED YOU!’ scam email tactic is not exactly a new or innovative con. The ‘I RECORDED YOU!’ email scam can be classified as a ‘sextortion.’ Countless shady individuals online take part in sextortion tactics. Usually, the conmen claim that they have recorded videos of the users while they were enjoying adult entertainment online. Then, they state that unless the users pay them cash, they will distribute the embarrassing content of watching dirty videos to all their friends, family, and colleagues. The con artists behind the ‘I RECORDED YOU!’ tactic demand $1,200 via Bitcoin. Many cybercrooks prefer cryptocurrency payments, which helps them protect their identities and avoid negative consequences.

No certain demographic is targeted by the creators of the ‘I RECORDED YOU!’ tactic specifically – it would appear that all users can receive these email messages. The emails would contain a fake message, which claims that the conmen have compromised their devices using a RAT (Remote Access Trojan) that got activated once it detected that they were browsing adult entertainment content. Then, they claim that the malware infection they planted on their devices has been used to record both video and audio, filming them while they were browsing the content in question. The con artists also state that they have obtained their contact lists from their social networks and address book, and the recorded video will be sent to all the users on the list. The conmen give users a three-day deadline to pay up unless they want the embarrassing video footage to be sent to their contacts.

Luckily, none of the claims are true. They certainly do not have a video of you in any compromising situation. This tactic is nothing more than a bluff. However, some users may fall for it because of the social engineering tricks utilized by the authors of this email scheme.

To protect yourself from such email scams and potential malware infections, it's crucial to exercise caution when dealing with email messages. First, always verify the sender's email address to ensure it's legitimate, especially if the message contains unexpected requests or links. Be wary of unsolicited emails, spam mail, and messages asking for personal information or financial details. Never click on suspicious links or download attachments from unknown sources, as these may harbor malware. Consider using reputable antivirus software to scan incoming emails for potential threats and to safeguard against unwanted programs. Staying vigilant and informed about phishing scams is key to maintaining your email security.

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