Avoid getting scammed by "International promotion of postal services"

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

"International promotion of postal services" pop-up scam removal instructions

What is "International promotion of postal services"?

"International promotion of postal services" is a scam spread by deceptive/scam sites. It operates by congratulating visitors that they have been chosen by Company Control Service and the international share of postal services as one of the several hundred annual "Happy e-mail" winners. Users' are notified that their email inboxes were chosen and they have consequently won a monetary prize. These scams use social engineering tactics to fool users into revealing their personal and banking information. Instead of receiving any of the promised prizes users experience financial losses. Typically, webpages hosting such scams are accessed via redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already infiltrated into the device.

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The "International promotion of postal services" scheme claims that users can win up to twenty thousand euros by devoting a mere five minutes to answering several questions. Further along, it is stated that the sum can range anywhere between ten and twenty thousand euros. Users are urged to click the button displayed below and answer a few questions, prior to their winning amount being determined. This button leads to a quick multi-choice survey, involving various email-related queries. Then users are led to a chat, allegedly with the "Golden Email" stock manager. In this "conversation" users are thanked for answering the questions. They are asked whether they are ready to find out the size of their winnings and have it transferred to their banking account/card. The chat provides more information about this "International promotion of postal services". Supposedly, the largest postal services have merged and promotion has begun in United States, Europe, Asia and other, unspecified countries. This "promotion" has the budget of two million euros, which is to be distributed between different counties and randomly selected users. After a button, determining the prize size is clicked - users are presented with the sum and urged to click "Go to payment". This page informs that to transfer the prize it is necessary to pay a confirmation fee, in order to verify payment details. This fee is twenty-five euros and once it is paid, users are assured that it will be returned within twelve hours. It is claimed that with this payment, users' identity will be confirmed and stored for the purpose of future transfers. Additionally, whether the banking account card supports euros or not - is irrelevant, as any currency will be automatically converted (and this process is allegedly free). This procedure is sated to be mandatory for all participants. If tricked into consenting to these conditions, users are redirected to a different website, from which the transaction (the "confirmation payment" can be made). However, after this fee is paid - users do not receive the promised prize. In other words, they are scammed out of their money and get nothing in return. "International promotion of postal services" and other, similar "too good to be true" prize announcements are scams. Trusting them is a certain way to financial losses and an endangerment of personal privacy.

As mentioned in the introduction, PUAs are one of the primary suspects behind access to deceptive websites. These rogue applications can force-open sale-oriented, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and even malicious webpages. Some of these apps can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e. deliver various undesirable and harmful ads. The delivered adverts are not only responsible for diminished browsing quality, but they can also cause redirects to dangerous sites and stealthily download/install content (e.g. PUAs). Other unwanted applications can hijack browsers (make unauthorized changes to them) and promote fake search engines. Commonly, PUAs have data tracking abilities as well. These record users' browsing history (URLs visited, search queries typed, etc.) and gather their personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and personal details). Therefore, PUAs can lead to browser/system infiltrations and infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect devices and users, all dubious apps and browser extensions/plug-ins should be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name possible malware infections
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Scam claims users have won an award, due to their email inbox being randomly chosen.
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 198.54.116.113
Symptoms Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.
Distribution methods Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.
Removal

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"Like Of The Year", "You Are Our Winner Today!", "Attention Your Computer Has Been Infected", Adobe Flash Player Update are but a few examples of other scams, amongst thousands present on the Internet. Typical scam methods include social engineering and scare-tactics. For example, users can be congratulated with winning something, receive ludicrous offers or be warned of threats/issues present on the system. Users should note that the latter is impossible, as no website can detect problems within devices. The only purpose of deceptive/scam sites is to generate revenue for their designers. However this can be done a variety of ways, e.g. by tricking users into making monetary transactions, downloading/installing/purchasing untrustworthy software or updaters and many others. It is expressly advised against trusting such pages and/or following their recommendations/instructions.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs primarily proliferate through download/installation setups of other software. This false marketing technique of packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushed download/install processes (e.g. skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of potential system infiltrations and infections. Some PUAs have "official" download webpages. When clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs, without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Users should always research content, prior to downloading/installing it. Only official and verified download sources are recommended. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders are considered to be highly untrustworthy; thereby advised against use. Download/Installation processes should be treated with caution; therefore, it is important to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out form supplementary apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive adverts usually look ordinary and innocuous, however they redirect to questionable and unreliable pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). Should users encounter ads/redirects of this kind, it is strongly advised to inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text initially presented in the "International promotion of postal services" scam:

International promotion of postal services
Get up to 20,000 euro!
devoting just 5 minutes to our questions!
SPECIAL DETAILS
Company Control Service, together with the international share of postal services, conducts an annual share "Happy e-mail"
If you are on this page, then your email inbox was chosen among several hundred lucky people who had a chance to win a cash prize.
The amount of your winnings can be from 10 to 20,000 euro
Before determining the amount of your winnings, you need to answer a few questions. To get started, click on the button below. 

Appearance of "International promotion of postal services" scam (GIF):

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Screenshots of "International promotion of postal services" scam's chat:

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Text presented in this chat:

Hello !
My name is Sofia, I am a stock manager "Golden Email". Thank you for answering our questions. Tell me are you ready right now to find out the amount of your winnings and go on to pay it to your account or bank card?


I'll tell you a little about the action. Most recently, the largest postal services have merged and started the introduction of this promotion in the United States, Europe, Asia and other countries. The budget of this promotion is 2,000,000 euro, these funds will be distributed between different countries, completely different users, whose mailing address will randomly be included in the lists of participants.
I am sincerely happy for you, and congratulations on participating in our action!

Screenshot of page displayed after the chat:

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Text displayed in this page:

International promotion of postal services
Congratulations!
Your payout is:
€12 628
The amount of your winnings was: 12 628 евро
Go to payment

Screenshot of page displayed after the "Go to payment" button is pressed:

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Text presented in this page:

International promotion of postal services
Your payout is:

€12 628

To transfer the winnings to your account, you need to make a payment confirming your payment details. The money transfer system will remove a small amount of € 25 from your card/e-wallet. With this payment, your identity will be confirmed, and your card/e-wallet will be saved for future transfers. The withdrawn amount will be automatically returned to your card/e-wallet within 12 hours.

ATTENTION!
If your account does not support euro. Then the amount of your fee will be automatically converted into the currency of your account.
Conversion in the transaction process is free.

The cost of the confirmation payment will be - € 25
This procedure is obligatory in our system and all participants pass it.

Pay confirming payment and withdraw funds

Screenshot of website for paying the fake "confirmation payment":

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Text presented in this page:

Payment destination:

CONFIRMATION PAYMENT

Your information


Your name

Your e-mail
Payment method
To pay: 25.00 EUR

We only accept payments with 3D Secure!
We are processing only Mastercard.
Go to pay

Second step of the transaction:

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Text presented in this page:

Enter payment card information
Visa, MasterCard
Amount
25 EUR
Holder Name:
Card Number:
Expiry Date:
Card verification code
3 digits on the back of the card

Support for buyers
Pay
Payments protected by PCI DSS 3.2

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

PUAs uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the possible malware infections, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the possible malware infections, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with possible malware infections removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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