Do not trust the "International Official Lottery" scam

Also Known As: International Official Lottery pop-up
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

"International Official Lottery" removal instructions

What is "International Official Lottery"?

"International Official Lottery" is a phishing scam, promoted on various deceptive sites. It is presented as an online lottery, which users supposedly take part by simply entering the scam webpage. Once users attempt to collect their winnings, they are redirected to different websites, which are designed to steal the information entered into them (e.g. credit card and digital wallet details, email address and phone number). Most visits to deceptive/scam pages occur via redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already infiltrated into the system.

International Official Lottery scam

When accessed, the scam claims that it is an "International Official Lottery", the broadcast of which has been simplified due to unstable Internet connection. It is stated that a ticket has been registered for the user. The numbers of this ticket match with the ones drawn, hence users have won a large sum of money. When the "CONTACT THE PRIZE CENTER >>" button is clicked, another page is displayed. In it users are to select the desired payout method, e.g. transfer to a bank card / Internet wallet or cash transfer via shipping services. Collecting the prize at the prize issue center is allegedly impossible, since the sum won is too small. Both of the available methods have transfer/shipping fees. After one of these is selected, users are asked to provide the appropriate information in two different webpages (e.g. their credit card and/or digital wallet details, email addresses and phone numbers). However, instead of having the fake prize transferred to them, users have their private information stolen. This can lead to a variety of severe issues. For example, the scammers can use credit card and/or digital wallet details to make online purchases and/or fraudulent transactions. To summarize, trusting scams like "International Official Lottery" can lead to financial losses and serious privacy issues.

PUAs can force-open not just deceptive/scam but sale-based, untrustworthy, rogue, compromised and malicious sites. However, these applications can have other/additional abilities. They can deliver intrusive advertisements (e.g. banners, coupons, surveys, pop-ups, etc.), which slow down browsing speed and page visibility. Furthermore, once clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to similarly harmful websites and can stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Other unwanted app types can hijack browsers, restrict/deny access to their settings - in order to promote fake search engines. Most PUAs can track data, they can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This vulnerable data is likely to be shared with third parties, seeking to misuse it for profit. In summary, presence of PUAs on systems can lead to various infiltrations and infections, financial losses, severe privacy concerns and even identity theft. To ensure device/user safety - all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name International Official Lottery pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Scam claims it is an international lottery and users have won a prize.
Related Domains officialsite0304[.]buzz
Detection Names (officialsite0304[.]buzz)
Kaspersky (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (officialsite0304[.]buzz) 190.115.19.10
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.
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"2020 Web Research Survey", "You've Made The 5-billionth Search", "$1000 VISA Gift Card" are a few examples other schemes, similar to "International Official Lottery". Popular scam models include (but are not limited to): prize giveaways, ludicrous offers and deals, alerts that a piece of software is outdated/missing, warnings that the system is infected or at risk. These schemes are used to trick users into: providing their personal information, paying fake fees, calling fraudulent and expensive support/service lines, downloading/installing and/or purchasing untrustworthy or malicious content.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs are proliferated via download/installation setups of other products. This false marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content onto their devices. Select PUAs have "official" promotional sites, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive adverts also proliferate these apps. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts, designed to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to research software and download it only from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements rarely appear suspicious, they tend to look ordinary and innocuous. However, these ads redirect to various questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). In case of encounters with such adverts/redirects, users should inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. 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 main page of "International Official Lottery" scam:

I n t e r n a t i o n a l   O f f i c i a l    L o t t e r y
OFFICIAL ANNIVERSARY LOTTERY SITE
RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR MOVES №750783/2
Participating tickets 63 911...
GRAND PRIZE 325 850 640 DOLLARS!!!
Simplified form of broadcast of the draw due to unstable Internet connection
YOUR GIFT TICKET IS REGISTERED
57 62 21 7 66 81 74 16 1 32 34 52 14 33 36 38 41 45
49 75 2 40 36 89 55 10 43 19 90 11
Ticket
№443789221
Ticket issue registered by the drawing commission
TOTAL WINNING AMOUNT

Screenshot of the drawn numbers:

International Official Lottery scam drawn numbers

Screenshot of the page, announcing that users have won:

International Official Lottery scam claiming users have won

Text presented in this page:

STOP GAME
winning tickets: 219
IN YOUR TICKET 4 GUESSED NUMBERS
+ combination "SQUARE"
YOUR WINNING IS
$ 24 780
CONTACT THE PRIZE CENTER >>

Screenshot of the page, listing available prize transfer options:

International Official Lottery scam transfer option selection page

Text presented in this page:

I n t e r n a t i o n a l   O f f i c i a l    L o t t e r y
OFFICIAL ANNIVERSARY LOTTERY SITE
CHOOSE A WAY TO GET YOUR WIN
AMOUNT OF YOUR WINNING
$ 24 780
$ 24 780 ONLINE TRANSFER TO YOUR BANK CARD
OR INTERNET WALLET
5 to 10 minutes. Payment of fee required
CHOOSE THIS WAY
$ 24 780 CASH THROUGH TRANSFER
3 to 7 days. Shipping cost $27.9.
CHOOSE THIS WAY
RECEIPT IN THE CENTER OF ISSUE OF PRIZES
NOT AVAILABLE
Cash withdrawal at the issuing center is not available, as the amount of your winnings is less than $100 000

Screenshot of the first phishing page:

International Official Lottery first phishing page

Text presented in this page:

Your payout is ready to ship.
The fee for your winnings amounted to: $17.9
PAYMENT
AMOUNT TO BE PAID - 24 780 USD.
SPECIFY DETAILS FOR PAYMENT:
Enter card / wallet number
ANY BANK CARD (VISA/MASTERCARD)
ONLINE WALLET (SKRIL/PAYPAL)
PAY FEES AND WITHDRAW WIN »
After paying the fee, you will immediately receive a money transfer to your card or wallet.

Screenshot of the second phishing site, "International Official Lottery" scam redirects to:

International Official Lottery second phishing page

Text presented in this page:

Secure Checkout
Order number:28461910
Billing Information
Card Number
Expiration Date
CVV
3 DIGITS OF ACCOUNT NUMBER PANEL

Cardholder Name
Email
Phone
Pay Now
When the online transaction is made, you will receive a verification code through an SMS to your registered mobile phone number.

The appearance of "International Official Lottery" scam (GIF):

Appearance of International Official Lottery scam

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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 international official lottery pop-up, 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 international official lottery pop-up, 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 international official lottery pop-up 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 international official lottery pop-up, 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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