Avoid the Congratulations Walmart shopper! lottery scam

Also Known As: "Congratilations Walmart shopper!" virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"Congratulations Walmart shopper!" removal instructions

What is "Congratulations Walmart shopper!"?

This lottery scam website claims that visitors have the chance to win one of a number of prizes. Typically, scammers behind websites of this type have one main goal: to deceive people into providing various information. For example, names, surnames, email addresses, credit card details, and so on. Do not trust this or other, similar websites. In most cases, they are opened through deceptive advertisements, other untrusted websites or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on the browser and/or operating system.

Congratulations Walmart shopper! scam

When visited, this scam website displays a pop-up window stating that visitors have the chance to win an exclusive reward for being loyal customers of Walmart. Note that this company has nothing to do with this fake lottery. To participate in this lottery scam, visitors are urged to spin the wheel and then claim one of the special prizes such as an Apple Watch, iPhone, AirPods or a $1000 Walmart gift card, however, before claiming any prize, they are asked to provide various information. Typically, websites of this type ask to provide details such as name, surname, address, telephone number, email address, and other details. They might also ask to provide credit card details. At the time of research, however, the "Claim Your Prize" button led to a malfunctioning website. We strongly advise against providing any information on this or other, similar websites. People who trust these sites risk becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing monetary loss, problems with privacy, and so on.

These websites are commonly opened by PUAs that are installed on the browser and/or operating system. PUAs open untrusted pages, gather browsing data and feed users with intrusive advertisements. They record details such as IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, etc. Typically, the developers sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. PUAs often serve intrusive advertisements. Typically, they display ads in the form of pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, and so on. People who click them are usually redirected to various dubious pages, or they allow them to execute scripts that cause download/installation of PUAs or even malicious programs. All PUAs should be uninstalled immediately, since they can cause problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, identity theft, and other issues.

Threat Summary:
Name "Congratilations Walmart shopper!" virus
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim This website claims that visitors have the chance to win a special prize.
Related Domains rewardsawesome[.]com, lucky-gifts-center[.]com
Detection Names (rewardsawesome[.]com) Fortinet (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Appearance of lottery scams, 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.
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"Congratulations Dear Amazon Customer", "Dear Chrome User, Congratulations!" and "You've Made The 5-billionth Search" are examples of other scam websites of this kind. Most attempt to trick visitors into providing various information and none of the participants win any prizes. The scammers behind these sites often try to make them seem more convincing by using names of well-known companies (such as Walmart). If these web pages are opened regularly, this probably due to PUAs installed on the browser and/or operating system.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Generally, people download and install PUAs inadvertently when software developers distribute them using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - they include PUAs into the download/installation set-ups of other programs and hide related information in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. People who download and/or install software without changing these settings often inadvertently give various PUAs permission to be downloaded and installed. In some cases, PUAs are downloaded and installed when people click deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not download or install software through untrusted websites, third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), and so on. This should be performed using only official websites and direct download links. Decline offers to download or install additionally-included, unwanted apps before completing the download/installation process. Typically, those offers are mentioned in settings of set-ups such as "Advanced, "Custom". Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they appear on dubious websites. These can lead to potentially malicious pages or cause download/installation of unwanted software. Remove any unknown, unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on the browser immediately. The same should be applied to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in the initial "Congratulations Walmart shopper!" pop-up:

Congratulations Walmart shopper!
We would like to thank you for your loyalty - so we are offering you a chance to receive an exclusive reward

Spin the wheel to claim your special prize

Good Luck!

Screenshot of the background page:

congratulations walmart shopper scam background page

Text in this page:

EXCLUSIVE REWARDS ★
Walmart
Only today - January 27, 2020  img
Spin & Win

Every Monday we select 7 lucky Walmart shoppers to receive a special reward. Spin the wheel to claim your special prize.

Screenshot of the second pop-up:

congratulations walmart shopper scam second pop-up

Text in this pop-up:

Congratulations!
(1) $1000 Walmart Gift Card is reserved for you!

To claim your prize, click the button bellow and verify your information on the next page.

Claim Your Prize →
Your prize will expire in 5:09

Appearance of "Congratulations Walmart shopper!" scam (GIF):

Congratulations Walmart shopper scam gif

Appearance of another "Congratulations Walmart shopper!" lottery scam variant (GIF):

congratulations walmart shopper scam another variant

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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 "congratilations walmart shopper!" virus, 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 "congratilations walmart shopper!" virus, 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 plug-ins 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 "congratilations walmart shopper!" virus 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "congratilations walmart shopper!" virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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