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Have you ever got an email blackmailing you to pay some ransom, purporting to be from a hacker who has hacked your account?

It is just spoofed email spam.

Email spoofing is a trick used by spammers and identity thieves to baffle and deceive people. The concept is that if an email seems to originate from a recognized sender, the aim of the phishing mail will be more probable to fall for the deception. Email spoofing is when the email header's "From:" line is modified to something other than the actual original sender.

If you are unlucky enough to receive a sextortion spam email, don't panic and don't pay. Don't click any links on the email because it may contain malware.

The sad truth is that most victims have little to lose. It's a "spray and pray attack," a volume play executed by botnets, targeting a vast list of email addresses whereby a small percentage return will be lucrative. It's the ultimate in self-selection—the people targeted with the most to lose are most likely to respond.


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A simple Google search will give you many cases of this type of email spoofing where the scammers ask for money. We thought these three links below will give more details on how other parts of the World are affected.

If you need any clarification on this type of email scam, contact us on our support email and we will be more than happy to assist. 


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