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Ransomware phishing email scam - Copyright claim

Phishing Email Copyright Claim Scam

We have been made aware of a ransomware phising emails cam that is being deliverd through the contact forms of client websites using popular content management systems such as Joomla CSM and Wordpress in particular.

This particular example alledges your website has used copyrighted images and demands they we removed, saying the details of which images and the ownership claim at in a Google document linked to. This link should not be clicked. The link downloads malicious software to the users computer where the scam originator can then take control and cause damage and/or seek ransom. If you have clicked this link, shut down your computer and contact an IT professional for assistance. 

An example of the email, with redacted links is pasted below.

E-mail: Megallery615[at]hotmail.com
Message:Hello there!

This is Melainie and I am a licensed photographer and illustrator.

I was discouraged, to put it nicely, when I came across my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's approval, you'd better know that you could be sued by the copyright owner.

It's unlawful to use stolen images and it's so mean!

Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.example.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my ownership.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:


If you don't get rid of the images mentioned in the file above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint on you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property.

And if it doesn't help, for damn sure I am going to report and sue you! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.

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