The “Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself” email is a scam that tries to trick you into thinking that your computer or phone is infected with malware and then threatens to make your personal data public. Contrary to the claims in the email, you haven’t been hacked (or at least, that’s not what prompted this email) and this is nothing more than a scam that tries to trick you into sending Bitcoins to these scammers. This is merely a new variation on an old scam which is popularly being called “sextortion”.
This is the text of the “Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself” blackmail email, including the grammatical and spelling errors:
Subject: Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself
Wish u do not care about my english grammar, considering that i am from
Indonesia. I infected your gadget with a virus and im in possession of all
of your private data out of your os.
It previously was established on a mature page and then you have picked the
movie, viewed it, my software instantly gain access to your os.
After that, your camera started to record you flying solo, in addition i
captured a vid that you have viewed.
Immediately after a while additionally, it picked up all your device
contact information. If you wish me to wipe off your everything i have got –
send me 800 dollars in btc it’s a cryptocurrency. Its my btc account address
At this point you have 26 hr s. to make up your mind The moment i will
receive the transfer i’m going eliminate this movie and every thing
completely. Or else, you should remember that your video would be submitted
to all of your contacts.
Do Not Reply to This Email
Screenshot of yet another version
The above email and anything it states is just a scam to try and scare you into paying the ransom. If you have received the “Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself” email, we recommend deleting it and under no circumstances send any money to these cybercriminals.
Is the “Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself” email real?
No, and don’t panic. The “Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself” email is a scam that tries to trick you into thinking that your device or email has been hacked, then demands payment, or else they will send compromising information -such as images of you captured through your web camera or your pornographic browsing history – to all your friends and family. And in classic ransomware fashion, there’s typically a ticking clock. Giving users a short time limit to deliver the payment is social engineering at its finest.
Threats, intimidation, and high-pressure tactics are classic signs of a scam.
As you can imagine, the “Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself” extortion email and anything it states is just a scam to try and scare you into paying the ransom.
They have my password! How did they get my password?
To make the threats more credible, the scammers may include one of your passwords in this email. The scammers have your password from sites that were hacked, and in this case, likely matched up to a database of emails and stolen passwords and sent this scam out to potentially millions of people. You can check if your email or password was compromised in a data breach on Haveibeenpwned.
If the password emailed to you is one that you still use, in any context whatsoever, stop using it and change it NOW. It’s also recommended that you enable two-factor authentication for your email and online accounts whenever that is an option.
Should I pay the ransom?
You should not pay the ransom. If you pay the ransom, you’re not only losing money but you’re encouraging the scammers to continue phishing other people.
Delete the “Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself” email, and under no circumstances pay these cybercriminals a penny/dime/bitcoin.
What should I do now?
We recommend that you ignore the content of the “Please don’t make an even more fool of yourself” email and delete it from your Inbox. However, if you have downloaded any attachments or clicked on any links from this email, or if you suspect that your computer might be infected with malware, you can follow the below guide to and scan your device for malware and remove it for free.
Depending on which operating system is installed on the device you want to scan for malicious programs, follow the removal guide.
- Scan and remove malware from Windows
- Scan and remove malware from Mac
- Scan and remove malware from Android