The “This is the last reminder” 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 “This is the last reminder” blackmail email, including the grammatical and spelling errors:
This is the last reminder.
Your system has been hacked.
All the data from your device were copied to our servers.
Besides, a video was recorded from your camera while you were watching porn.
My virus infected your device via an adult website that you visited recently.
If you don’t know how that works, I will provide the details.
The trojan virus provides me full access, as well as control of the device you are using.
As a result, I can see your screen, turn on the camera and microphone while you won’t know about it.
I captured a video from your screen and the camera of the device. I edited a video wherein one part of the screen there is a video of you masturbating and in the other a pornographic video that you opened at that time.
I can see all the contacts from your phone and all of your social networks.
At one moment, I can send this video to all the contacts on your phone, email, and social networks.
Moreover, I can also send your email and messenger data to everybody.
I can destroy your reputation forever.
If you want to avoid this, then:
Send 1400 USD (USA dollars) to my bitcoin wallet
(if you don’t know how to do that, search “buy bitcoin” using Google).
My BTC wallet:
As soon as I receive the payment, I will destroy your video and guarantee not to disturb you ever again.
You have 50 hours (a little more than 2 days) to complete this payment.
I receive an automatic notification that this email has been read. Likewise, the timer will automatically start after you read the current email.
Don’t try to complain anywhere since the wallet cannot be tracked in any way; the email from which this mail came is also can’t be tracked and is created automatically, so there is no point in replying to me.
If you try to share this letter with anyone, the system will automatically send a request to the servers, and servers will start sending all of the data to the social networks.
Changing passwords in social networks, email, devices won’t help since all the data has already been downloaded to my servers’ cluster.
I wish you good luck and don’t do anything stupid. Think about your reputation.
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 “This is the last reminder” email, we recommend deleting it and under no circumstances send any money to these cybercriminals.
Is the “This is the last reminder” email real?
No, and don’t panic. The “This is the last reminder” 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 “This is the last reminder” 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 “This is the last reminder” email, and under no circumstances pay these cyber criminals a penny/dime/bitcoin.
What should I do now?
We recommend that you ignore the content of the “This is the last reminder” 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