Also Known As: FORTUNADIGITAL spam
Damage level: Severe

What is "FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus"?

"FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus" is an email scam used by cyber criminals who attempt to trick recipients into downloading and installing Remcos RAT, a remote access tool. Like most spam email campaigns, this one contains an attachment presented as a legitimate document.

Once opened, however, it installs the remote access tool. Remcos RAT is a legitimate tool, however, it is often used by cyber criminals to generate revenue in malicious ways. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you ignore "FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus" scam email messages.


Cyber criminals (scammers) behind the "FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus" claim to be sales representatives of FORTUNA KOMERS (FORTUNADIGITAL). They state that the attached file is an order document that needs to be checked immediately.

They also mention that this is a confidential email and should not be read, used, copied or shared if it has been sent to the wrong email address (i.e. if it is not relevant to the recipient). These claims are merely attempts to raise people's curiosity so that they download and open the attached file. As mentioned above, the attachment is used to install the Remcos RAT application.

Many cyber criminals proliferate this tool using spam campaigns similar to "FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus". Remcos RAT itself is a legitimate tool that allows users to control computers remotely, however, it can be misused by cyber criminals to steal personal information such as passwords, logins, private data, and so on.

Furthermore, having remote access to another computer allows cyber criminals to download and install files, including viruses such as ransomware. In summary, being tricked into installing a remote access tool can lead to financial/privacy issues and computer infections.

Threat Summary:
Threat Type Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
Symptoms Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.
Damage Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.
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"FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus" is not the only spam campaign used to trick people into installing the Remcos RAT tool. Other examples are Tornado Group Email Virus and Arrival Notice Email Virus. Many scams are used to proliferate computer infections, including Adwind, FormBook, TrickBot, LokiBot, and so on.

Successful attempts to trick people into installing infections (or remote tools) using these spam email campaigns can lead to many problems and they should be removed immediately.

How did "FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus" infect my computer?

Generally, cyber criminals use malicious Microsoft Office documents, PDF files, executables, archive files (such as RAR), and present them in emails as legitimate attachments. Despite these threats, they can infect systems only when opened/executed. For example, if the attached file is a Microsoft Office document, it will demand permission to enable macro commands.

Enabling macros allows certain scripts to download/install malicious software. If you have inadvertently installed the Remcos RAT tool through the "FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus" spam campaign, a dubious process (e.g., "OVERPRESCRIBED") will appear in Windows Task Manager.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Do not open attachments that are present in emails received from unknown or suspicious email addresses, or if the email subject is irrelevant. The same applies to website links. The simplest way to avoid unwanted installations/computer infections proliferated through malicious email attachments is to simply ignore the received emails.

Having reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed can prevent infections before any damage is done. If you have already opened a "FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus" attachment, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "FORTUNADIGITAL Email Virus" email message:

Good morning,

I am writing from Fortuna Komers company.

Attached is an order within your production scope, i would like you to look into and then arrange to send us proforma invoice.

However this order is very urgent as our customers are waiting.

Kindly be swift in your response.

Haziq Marcus
Sales Representative
samoborska cesta 203, 10090 Zagreb, Croatia
Tel: +385 1 3877 500
Fax: +385 1 4961 743
Mob: +385 91 422 1312
Skype: fortuna-digital.nikolina

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This message may contain information which is privileged or confidential. If you are not the named addressee of this message please destroy it without reading, using, copying or disclosing its contents to any other person. Please be aware that any form of taking notice, publishing, copying or distribution of the contents of this message is not alowed.

Screenshot of a Remcos RAT processes, "OVERPRESCRIBED (32-bit)", in Task Manager: 

Remcos RAT process OVERPRESCRIBED in Task Manager

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Types of malicious emails:

Phishing email icon Phishing Emails

Most commonly, cybercriminals use deceptive emails to trick Internet users into giving away their sensitive private information, for example, login information for various online services, email accounts, or online banking information.

Such attacks are called phishing. In a phishing attack, cybercriminals usually send an email message with some popular service logo (for example, Microsoft, DHL, Amazon, Netflix), create urgency (wrong shipping address, expired password, etc.), and place a link which they hope their potential victims will click on.

After clicking the link presented in such email message, victims are redirected to a fake website that looks identical or extremely similar to the original one. Victims are then asked to enter their password, credit card details, or some other information that gets stolen by cybercriminals.

Email-virus icon Emails with Malicious Attachments

Another popular attack vector is email spam with malicious attachments that infect users' computers with malware. Malicious attachments usually carry trojans that are capable of stealing passwords, banking information, and other sensitive information.

In such attacks, cybercriminals' main goal is to trick their potential victims into opening an infected email attachment. To achieve this goal, email messages usually talk about recently received invoices, faxes, or voice messages.

If a potential victim falls for the lure and opens the attachment, their computers get infected, and cybercriminals can collect a lot of sensitive information.

While it's a more complicated method to steal personal information (spam filters and antivirus programs usually detect such attempts), if successful, cybercriminals can get a much wider array of data and can collect information for a long period of time.

Sextortion email icon Sextortion Emails

This is a type of phishing. In this case, users receive an email claiming that a cybercriminal could access the webcam of the potential victim and has a video recording of one's masturbation.

To get rid of the video, victims are asked to pay a ransom (usually using Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency). Nevertheless, all of these claims are false - users who receive such emails should ignore and delete them.

How to spot a malicious email?

While cyber criminals try to make their lure emails look trustworthy, here are some things that you should look for when trying to spot a phishing email:

  • Check the sender's ("from") email address: Hover your mouse over the "from" address and check if it's legitimate. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft, be sure to check if the email address is @microsoft.com and not something suspicious like @m1crosoft.com, @microsfot.com, @account-security-noreply.com, etc.
  • Check for generic greetings: If the greeting in the email is "Dear user", "Dear @youremail.com", "Dear valued customer", this should raise suspiciousness. Most commonly, companies call you by your name. Lack of this information could signal a phishing attempt.
  • Check the links in the email: Hover your mouse over the link presented in the email, if the link that appears seems suspicious, don't click it. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft and the link in the email shows that it will go to firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0... you shouldn't trust it. It's best not to click any links in the emails but to visit the company website that sent you the email in the first place.
  • Don't blindly trust email attachments: Most commonly, legitimate companies will ask you to log in to their website and to view any documents there; if you received an email with an attachment, it's a good idea to scan it with an antivirus application. Infected email attachments are a common attack vector used by cybercriminals.

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Example of a spam email:

Example of an email spam

What to do if you fell for an email scam?

  • If you clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered your password - be sure to change your password as soon as possible. Usually, cybercriminals collect stolen credentials and then sell them to other groups that use them for malicious purposes. If you change your password in a timely manner, there's a chance that criminals won't have enough time to do any damage.
  • If you entered your credit card information - contact your bank as soon as possible and explain the situation. There's a good chance that you will need to cancel your compromised credit card and get a new one.
  • If you see any signs of identity theft - you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission. This institution will collect information about your situation and create a personal recovery plan.
  • If you opened a malicious attachment - your computer is probably infected, you should scan it with a reputable antivirus application. For this purpose, we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
  • Help other Internet users - report phishing emails to Anti-Phishing Working Group, FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, National Fraud Information Center and U.S. Department of Justice.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Medium threat activity

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