Be aware of the IFC Global Development Funding Program email scam

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

"IFC Global Development Funding Program Email Scam" removal guide

What is "IFC Global Development Funding Program Email Scam"?

This email scam is disguised as a message regarding fund approval, supposedly by "IFC Global Development Funding Program". Scammers behind this email claim that recipients can receive a specific sum of money by sending various personal details. We strongly advise against replying to this email or providing any information to scammers - they are likely to misuse the details to generate revenue, which would lead to a number of problems. Ignore this and other, similar emails and do not believe the statements.

IFC Global Development Funding Program Email Scam spam campaign

Scammers have disguised this email as a message from the chairman of the International Finance Corporation. It states that the recipient's email address has been selected to receive $1,500,000 within the IFC Global Development Funding Program. To get more information, the recipient is encouraged to send details such as name, telephone number, age, gender, address and the provided reference number (in this case, IFC-060290_EC) to unccclaims.onariduke@gmail.com. It is very likely that scammers will demand other details (e.g., credit card details), which could be misused to generate revenue. In any case, we strongly recommend against sending any details via the email address provided or replying to this email, since this could lead to problems such as financial loss, identity theft, privacy breaches, and other serious issues. The best option in such cases is to simply ignore emails of this type.

Threat Summary:
Name IFC Global Development Funding Program Email Scam.
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Scammers claim that recipients have been selected to receive $1,500,000.
Cyber Criminal Contact unccclaims.onariduke@gmail.com
Disguise This email is disguised as a message from International Finance Corporation.
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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More examples of other, similar email scams include "TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION", "Google Winner", and "Google Ads - Your Account Is Suspended". Typically, scammers send these emails to obtain personal details or even money from unsuspecting recipients. In most cases, they disguise their emails as official, important, and so on. They commonly use names of legitimate companies, which have nothing to do with these scams. Emails via spam campaigns can also be used to trick people into installing malware such as LokiBot, TrickBot, Emotet, AZORult, Adwind (and other malicious software). In such cases, they send messages that contain malicious attachments and/or website links that are designed to download malicious files and attempt to deceive recipients into opening them.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Typically, computers become infected through emails only when recipients open files downloaded through a website link included in the message, or when they open the attached file. Cyber criminals attach files such as Microsoft Office, PDF documents, archive files such as ZIP, RAR, JavaScript and executable files (.exe). For example, if the attached file is a malicious MS Office document, it will demand permission to enable editing (macros commands) when opened. By enabling macros, recipients inadvertently allow documents to install malicious software. This applies only to documents that are opened with MS Office 2010 or earlier - these older versions do not include Protected View mode and infect systems without asking permission.

How to avoid installation of malware

Attachments or website links that are included in irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially if the messages are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Files and programs should be downloaded from official websites only. Avoid third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and so on. Installed software must be updated and activated (if necessary) only through implemented functions or tools that are provided by official developers. It is illegal to use third party activators ('cracking' tools). Regularly scan the operating system for threats using a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware suite. 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 "IFC Global Development Funding Program Email Scam" email message:

Subject: IFC Fund Approved (IFC-060290_EC)


Congratulations!

We are pleased to announce that your EMAIL ADDRESS has been selected to receive $ 1,500,000 under the IFC Global Development Funding Program. It was agreed and signed by the management team of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Board of Directors of the World Bank Group and UBA Group. The reference number of your file is (IFC-060290_EC).

All beneficiaries were selected through the IFC Global Random Integrated System, which has received more than 27 million e-mail addresses on the Internet. The lucky beneficiaries do not need to buy a ticket to participate in this IFC Global Development Funding program. Include your full details, such as your name and phone number: Age: Gender: Address and your file reference for processing and disbursing your IFC Global Development Fund. You are to receive your fundings through a certified VISA ATM Card. With this VISA Card you can withdraw money from any part of the World without being disturbed or delay. Contact Mrs. Onari Duke with your code: IFC-060290_EC for more information.  

Card Issuing Bank: UBA Group
Contact Name: Mrs. Onari Duke
Email: unccclaims.onariduke@gmail.com

We hope to hear from you as soon as you receive payment for the IFC Global Development Fund. Further information on the IFC Global Development Funding Program can be found on our website: www.ifc.org

Greetings,
Mr. Philippe Le Hou¨¦rou (Chairman of IFC)

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NOTE: If you have received this message in your SPAM / BULK folder because your ISP has introduced restrictions, we (IFC Team) kindly ask you to handle it.
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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is 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.

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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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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