Be aware of an email which holds a message on how a female just started to browse the internet and is searching for new friends. This is a email which has been send by scammers and cybercriminals to gain insight on which email accounts are active or not.
If you reply to the message, the cybercriminal will send a link to a website which forces the user to download a file. The cybercriminal which claims to be a “friendly female” will claim that the file holds pictures or videos from the “friendly female”, and they know that a lot of people are interested in seeing those type of pictures.
Once the victim downloads and opens the picture, they will be actually starting the virus or Trojan of the cybercriminal. The Trojan or virus will allow the cybercriminal to control the infected device and it allows him to use the webcam and microphone of the infected device.
The scammers and hackers use these types of methods to infect unaware internet users with malware which will allow them to gain financial gain.