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       #11

    Personally, I would just delete that phishing email and move on.
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       #12

    yeah very true :) will do just checking as well you never know .
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    Hello @Tonyb,

    As this is a fresh clean install, and you have nothing of importance on the computer, I would strongly suggest RE-INSTALLING!

    It will take many hours to run different virus checkers, malware checkers etc. At the end of the day, you will always have that thought in the back of your mind that something could still be there either collecting your data or waiting to raise its ugly head again in the future!
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       #14

    true very true indeed i may give it a fee days if nothing shows back up in spam i will simply move on and not worry about it.
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       #15

    Tonyb said:
    true very true indeed i may give it a fee days if nothing shows back up in spam i will simply move on and not worry about it.
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       #16

    If you didn't open/run any attachments you should be fine.
    You could run a virus scan just to make sure but just to make you aware running a virus scan will only detect low hanging fruit ie common threats that are often picked up. It will not pick up your more complex threats. Lots of malware is programmed to evade antivirus. And with phishing attacks being the most common it is now becoming a necessisity for these bad guys to adapt and up their game because more and more people are waking up to this type of attack. Moreover, security is becoming much more focused on phishing and social engineering attacks. And so any malware found in phishing attempts may be the sort that may not be detected. This isn't always the case though. Some people use the same malware that has already done the rounds and has been detected by antivirus, and this will usually be blocked. Some people though know more about what they are doing and opt to use malware that is pretty much undetectable, at least for as long as it remains undetected by the people who look for it to begin with. So don't put all your faith in a virus scan. You should really trust yourself to make the right decisions in this case by not opening attachments in the first place. Emails are by far the worst place to get caught out these days and so anything that is not SUPER HIGH PRIORITY and can be 100% verified as coming from a trusted source should not be opened/run/saved. If that means not opening attachments 99% of the time then so be it. You likely will never encounter getting hacked and things going wrong through phishing attempts if you go about things this way. Do not comply. Do not reply. Do not get involved. And you'll be fine.

    You also have to detach from any messages like this you receive. What you are describing is the main purpose of social engineering; to exploit you into doing something someone else wants. In this case it's throwing you a serious situation which needs to be resolved through a trusted company like Microsoft. You have the PROBLEM and then the SOLUTION. You really want a solution and so you fall for the bait. And now you're hooked. You do what this email wants and now you're in trouble. This is how social engineering works and how phishing works in it's many contexts. Sometimes it won't be a sinister email like this but sometimes it will be. Either way the intention is to prey on your humanity ie your ability to relate, panic, trust, fear, reciprocate etc. Try and look at your emails as seperate to your real life. When you receive them acknowledge the difference between words on a screen and real human interaction. And then try and imagine yourself dealing with such an email in real life as if you were stood in front of another person. 99% of the emails you receive you wouldn't even entertain in real life. They amount to the hustle and bustle and background noise of walking through the city and encountering strangers, wildwife noises, cars driving by, planes flying overhead etc. You simply couldn't acknowledge and respond to every single thing going on around you because you'd go mad very quickly! Likewise and with emails, it's no different.
    Of course when your family are communicating with you, work, friends etc it's different but never try fall into the trap of believing everything you see on your computer screen, especially when it comes to emails like this.

    Also be more cautious about what websites you visit and who, where and what you give your information to ie email address. Most of the time these people have to get your email address from somewhere and it's usually always from you giving it to them in the first place in one form or another. Perhaps you signed up for freebies on a website and now your personal details have been sold on and shared lots of times and now they are in the hands of scammers. This happens A LOT. You'll be surprised how easy it is to buy huge amounts of personal information on the internet such as email addresses, names, addresses, phone numbers etc. People often willingly hand over this information without first realizing the consequences. And so always ALWAYS think twice, three times even, when you give information away on the internet. Again, just like in real life you wouldn't give your phone number to a stranger who walked up to you in a restaurant. You wouldn't give your physical address away to someone on the train. If you keep practicing holding back your information and being dubious of when you are requested to provide it you will find yourself avoiding nasty emails like the one(s) you have received.
    Last edited by supermammalego; 12 Jun 2020 at 20:08.
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       #17

    Hello @supermammalego, well said!
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       #18

    thanks all no viruses so im in clear and laid it to rest any further mail i get like this will simply be ignored and deleted sick people these days .
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       #19

    Tonyb said:
    thanks all no viruses so im in clear and laid it to rest any further mail i get like this will simply be ignored and deleted sick people these days .
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       #20

    Tonyb said:
    thanks all no viruses so im in clear and laid it to rest any further mail i get like this will simply be ignored and deleted sick people these days .
    This is purely a scam and they send those emails out en masse hoping one or two bite at the bait.
    Just delete the email and then change your email password to a new Strong Password just to make sure.
    Additionally, you can enter your email address(es) in the following site and it will check to see if that email address was part of a known breach.
    Attention Required! | Cloudflare
    Please reference:
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    US FBI PSA - Extortionists Increasingly Using Recipients' Personal Information To Intimidate Victims
    US FTC Consumer Information - How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam
    MyOnlinesecurity - attempted-blackmail-scam-watching-porn
    BleepingComputer - Beware of Extortion Scams Stating They Have Video of You on Adult Sites
    Malwarebytes' Blog - Sextortion emails: They’re probably not watching you
    Malwarebytes Forum sample thread - Got strange threating email.
    Malwarebytes Forum FYI thread - FYI: Email Blackmail Scam still current
    https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topi...omment-1301256
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