Fake Hacked Account Emails

I’ve seen a few of these recently. It’s an email from someone claiming to be a hacker and claiming to have hacked your accounts. And of course they ask for money.

The email is generic, they send the same email to millions of people hoping to catch someone gullable. And in an interesting twist, sometimes they show you your password in the email. What they’ve done is find a dump of real hacked accounts (from another hacker) and send everyone on the list an email asking for money.

Here’s one such email:

Good Day,
Your system was compromised! To show you i have FULL access to your device i sent you this message from YOUR own account (___). You need to read this COMPLETE email to find out how this happened and what to do about it.
You visit xxx sites fairly often, one of these websites was inserted by my computer virus. This virus installed onto your system, granting me FULL access to your device. I download all your email and social media contacts and all your data to my server.
Also, from time to time i activated your camera and recorded some nice videos of you while you “pleased” yourself watching xxx sites. You are probably thinking “what now?”…. read on i will let you know what to do.
I could forward all the nasty videos i have of you to all your email and social media contacts but i guess you don’t want that. This would have a very negative impact on your social life and on your relationship with your loved ones.
Below you will find my bitcoin address (copy the whole address without spaces), if you pay me $620 USD i will delete all the content i have on you from my server, close the virus backdoor on your computer and you will never hear from me again, this is the only option you have if you want to keep living your life without the disgrace of all your contacts and loved ones watching the dirty videos i have recorded.
When you opened this email my system activated a timer, from now you have just 8 hours to perform this transaction, do NOT think you will be granted more time… 8 hours is 8 hours so you better do it right now.
If you don’t know how to purchase bitcoins, use any search engine, it is very easy.
My bitcoin address:
Your time is counting!

As with most scams, the email is full of gramatical errors. Just delete the email if you come across one of these.

And if you see the version with your real password shown, it means you need to change your passwords now. And also delete the email, never reply to it.

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