How to avoid the TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION scam

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

"TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION Email Scam" removal guide

What is "TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION Email Scam"?

"TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION" is the subject line of an email scam. Scammers send this email to many people to trick them into believing that they have won a cash prize. To claim it, recipients are asked to reply and provide certain details/information. We strongly advise that you do NOT trust this email, as the scammers behind it will try to extort personal, confidential information and misuse it to generate revenue in various ways.

TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION Email Scam spam campaign

According to the message, whoever receives the email has apparently won $800,000,000 and a Toyota Highlander. To claim this prize, recipients are asked to provide details such as full name, contact address, country, age, gender, occupation, and mobile number. They are also advised not to share information about being selected as a winner with anyone. This latter request helps scammers to avoid being exposed. Do not reply to this email or provide any details. Scammers can misuse them to generate revenue. They might then try to extort further, sensitive information. Do not trust this or any other similar emails (scams). The best option is to ignore the message and delete the email from the inbox.

Threat Summary:
Name TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION Email Scam.
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim According to this scam, its recipient has won a Toyota Highlander and $800,000,000.
Disguise This email is disguised as a message from the Toyota lottery organization.
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the computer.
Distribution methods Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
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Other examples of similar emails are "Google Winner Email Scam", "Looked At You For Several Months", and "I Am A Spyware Software Developer". Typically, scammers send these to trick people into providing various information or even sending money. In many cases, cyber criminals send emails that contain malicious attachments or web links that download malicious files. If opened, these files infect computers with high-risk malicious programs. Some examples of malware that can be distributed through emails include TrickBot, Emotet, Leto, and Cobain. Having computers infected with programs of this type could lead to data/financial loss, identity theft, problems with privacy, browsing safety, and so on.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Computers become infected through emails only when recipients open files that are attached to them, or they download files via web links and then open them. Examples of files that cyber criminals usually attach are Microsoft Office documents, JavaScript files, executable files such as .exe, archives such as ZIP, RAR, and so on. Microsoft Office documents infect systems when recipients open them and give permission to enable editing/macros commands. If allowed, malicious MS Office documents download and install high-risk malware. Remember that, even if downloaded, malicious files cannot do any damage unless they are opened.

How to avoid installation of malware

Do not open files that are attached to irrelevant emails or when the emails are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Download files and programs from official and trustworthy websites only. Do not use third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, etc. The same applies to installations through third party installers. Keep the operating system and installed programs up-to-date, however, they should be updated through tools and/or implemented functions designed by official developers. The same applies to software activation, which should be done properly and not via various 'cracking' tools - it is illegal to bypass software activation using these tools and they can proliferate malware. Finally, scan the operating system with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software regularly and ensure that it is up-to-date. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION Email Scam" email message:

Subject: GOODNEWS YOU HAVE WON A CAR & CASH PRIZE. CHECK EMAIL

Toyota Lottery Organization.
Email: toyotalotterypro@aol.com

Dear Winner,

EMAIL WINNING NUMBER: TYT-0077-981-19

We are glad to inform you that your E-mail Address has won you
the cash prize of USD$800,000,00 (Eight Hundred Thousand USD)
including a TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. NO TICKETS WERE SOLD.

Email Winning Details: TYT-0077-981-19
Batch Number: 079/20/TT46
Category: 3rd category

To file for your claim you are to contact claims agent
immediately at email below in order to match up your winning
email address:

FULL NAME:
CONTACT ADDRESS:
COUNTRY:
AGE:
MAN/WOMAN:
YOUR OCCUPATION:
MOBILE NUMBER:

You must not reveal winning information to anyone or persons.
This is to avoid double claiming of your winning prize.

Congratulations!!!

Yours Faithfully,

Online Coordinators
Toyota Lottery Organization.
E-mail: toyotalotterypro@aol.com
Joan; 0081 800-331-4331
Lily; 0086 571-8502-2044

Another email spam campaign claiming that recipient has won a Mercedes Benz:

Mercedes-Benz lottery email spam campaign

Text presented within this mail:

CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION!! CONGRATULATION!!!

 

We happily announced that your E-mail Address has been selected
among the winners of the Mercedes Benz International Online
Lottery Draw 2019 XMAS promo. You are now a winner of a brand
new "Mercedes Benz c300 4matic 2019" and the grand prize of
$4,500,000.00 USD.

 

For easy claim of your winnings, you are simply advice to contact
our Claim Agent in Texas Barrister Riggs Smith (
riggssmith746@gmail.com )You can call him on this number or
text,( 208-262-3312 )USA with the below details as stated.

 

NAME:
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS:
OFFICE ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
OCCUPATIONS:

 

All necessary information on what to do in receiving your
winnings will be treated by our claim agent once contacted by
you.

 

NB: Delivery cost is mandatory in claiming your winning.

Your Mercedes Benz Online Lottery Draw Reference Claim Code:
(556682).

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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task - it is usually best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:

malicious process running on user's computer sample

If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:

manual malware removal step 1Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart your computer into Safe Mode:

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

 

manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.

searching for malware file on your computer

Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.

To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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