Have scam???
Enthusiast - Level 2

Is this real or a scam? If real what do I do??


Dear user of verizon.net!
I am a spyware software developer.
Your account has been hacked by me in the summer of 2018.
I understand that it is hard to believe, but here is my evidence:
- I sent you this email from your account.
- Password from account [redacted]@verizon.net: c......
(on moment of hack).
The hacking was carried out using a hardware vulnerability through which you went online (Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296).
I went around the security system in the router, installed an exploit there.
When you went online, my exploit downloaded my malicious code (rootkit) to your device.
This is driver software, I constantly updated it, so your antivirus is silent all time.
Since then I have been following you (I can connect to your device via the VNC protocol).
That is, I can see absolutely everything that you do, view and download your files and any data to yourself.
I also have access to the camera on your device, and I periodically take photos and videos with you.
At the moment, I have harvested a solid dirt... on you...
I saved all your email and chats from your messangers. I also saved the entire history of the sites you visit.
I note that it is useless to change the passwords. My malware update passwords from your accounts every times.
So, to the business!
I'm sure you don't want to show these files and visiting history to all your contacts.
Transfer $880 to my Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet: 1GXazHVQUdJEtpe62UFozFibPa8ToDoUn3
Just copy and paste the wallet number when transferring.
If you do not know how to do this - ask Google.
My system automatically recognizes the translation.
As soon as the specified amount is received, all your data will be destroyed from my server, and the rootkit will be automatically removed from your system.
Do not worry, I really will delete everything, since I am 'working' with many people who have fallen into your position.
You will only have to inform your provider about the vulnerabilities in the router so that other hackers will not use it.
Since opening this letter you have 48 hours.
If funds not will be received, after the specified time has elapsed, the disk of your device will be formatted,
and from my server will automatically send email and sms to all your contacts with compromising material.
I advise you to remain prudent and not engage in nonsense (all files on my server).
Good luck!
Re: Have scam???

I have received about 5 of those emails since nov 1st all saying the exact same info as yours. I am 99.9% sure they are a scam because the info given is not correct. The password they are claiming is mine, is not... it's a very old one. And the router info I was given is actually the same as yours. Do not do anything. 

Re: Have scam???
Enthusiast - Level 1

Got similar mail at work. Went to IT and they said happens all the time and don't worry just change password anyway. My email came with a Subject: YOUR PASSWORD IS xxxxxxx. It was a password from 10 years ago but I had used it at one time.