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‘Hacker who cracked your email’ scam tries to blackmail you for Bitcoin

by DE Web Works | Oct 23, 2018

One of the latest email phishing scams claims that a hacker has cracked your email and device a few months ago. It claims that you entered a password on one of the sites you visited and that they intercepted it. The email message then shows you your password at the moment of the alleged hack.

If you received an email message that says “I’m a hacker who cracked your email and device a few months ago” and appears to be sent to you from your own email address, ignore it. The message is fraudulent and no one actually hacked your email account and device.

Email Scam

The email message might be frightening because it will appear as if it was sent from your own account and your password (previous password or current password) will be mentioned numerous times.

Here’s what happened (in most cases). The hacker MOST LIKELY DID hack some website that you have an account on (or had an account on a long time ago) and obtained your email address and a password from that site. If you use the same password across all websites and emails, etc… then you may have an issue.

What should you do about it? First, delete the email – it is most definitely a scam.

Second, change your most important passwords: email, banking, shopping, etc. and make sure to use strong passwords.

If you’d like to read more about the scam, here’s an article about it:


Be vigilant against scams and viruses. Our systems all scan for malware and viruses before your email is ever delivered to you. That does not make it 100% secure. You also need to have antivirus/antimalware running on all of your computers and also be aware of phishing scams. If you don’t have a business grade antivirus/antimalware program running on your machine, please contact us today and we’ll get you set up. Note, the “FREE” version you run is not a business grade antivirus program. To learn more: https://www.dewebworks.com/managed-small-business-it-services/small-business-endpoint-security


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call! We're here to help.

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