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Email Scam: Your computer, email and smartphone are hacked

I’ve been getting a fun little scam email over the last few days. In fact scams seem to be a bit of a theme for today. I had a Roboscam call to my mobile, which is unusual. Though the most unusual part about it was that it was in Japanese, so I can’t explain what their angle was.

I also had a phone scammer call me up to try to convince me to give him remote access to my computer – I kept that guy on the line for seven minutes and when I called him out about it he told me that it was the only job he could find in his home country of the Philippines, which was really quite sad.

But back to the email scam. It’s extortion I suppose. Check out the text below:

Subject: Your computer, email and smartphone are hacked

Message Body: Your computer, email and smartphone are hacked. We have all your photos, personal correspondence and access to bank accounts. On June 3, we will post on the internet and send to all people who you have in contacts and social networks all your photos, correspondence, access to bank accounts and payment systems. You will be sued and the police will be interested in your person. A ransom is worth 1 Bitcoin. Pay 1 BTC until June 3 to our bitcoin wallet: 1LNcUGLunEpDMo4sxNAgAKAGk8eAddTGW

Seems like a bit of a stretch to me. This strategy relies both on the recipient having conducted some activity which they wouldn’t want their contacts to know about, and on the recipient having 1 Bitcoin, which was yesterday worth $13,292.44 NZD. None-the-less, it’s not pleasant to receive threatening emails but you may be assured, if you do, that you have not been hacked, that they do not have anything on you, and that you can safely delete the email.

If you ever get any phone calls or emails that you suspect might be suspicious, don’t engage with them. You can check out the Netsafe Website for more information on specific scams and for great advice. Or you can ring us, we’ll be happy to provide advice as well: 07 827 7119