What is the "You received a transfer in the amount" scam email?
"You received a transfer in the amount" is a spam email campaign. The term "spam campaign" is used to define a large-scale operation, during which thousands of deceptive/scam emails are sent. The messages sent in this campaign claim that an unspecified sum has been transferred to users. These emails promote various untrusted and possibly malicious websites.
The "You received a transfer in the amount" emails with the subject/title "Information about your account" (this might vary) claim that recipients have received a monetary transaction of an unspecified sum. The size of the transferred sum is supposedly not indicated for security purposes.
Recipients are instructed to click the link listed in the messages to authenticate the transaction. All information provided by these scam emails is false. If the link presented in the deceptive messages is clicked, recipients are redirected to dubious or harmful web pages.
They might be redirected to various sale-based/promotional (of legitimate and dubious content), rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam, phishing and malicious sites. Visiting such pages can lead to serious issues.
For example, users might be offered nonoperational, untrusted or malicious software, asked to provide sensitive information (e.g. names, addresses, telephone numbers, emails, banking account and/or credit card details), asked to make monetary transactions for bogus reasons, and so on.
To summarize, trusting the "You received a transfer in the amount" scam emails can result in system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft.
|Name||You received a transfer in the amount Email Scam.|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.|
|Fake Claim||Emails claim an unspecified sum has been transferred to the recipients.|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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"SharePoint Email Scam", "Mail Quota", "Propuesta Comercial" and "Your Device Was Not Properly Secured" are some examples of other spam campaigns. These scam emails can make various claims, offers, requests or demands, however their purpose is identical: to generate revenue.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
When malicious files are executed, run or otherwise opened, the infection chain/process (i.e. malware download/installation) is triggered. For example, Microsoft Office documents infect systems by executing malicious macro commands.
In Microsoft Office versions released prior to 2010, macros are executed when a document is opened, however, newer versions have "Protected View" mode, which prevents automatic execution of macro commands.
In the later versions, users are asked to enable macros (i.e. to enable editing/content), and so infection processes are only started when macro commands are enabled manually.
How to avoid installation of malware
To avoid malware infections from spam mail, you are strongly advised not to open dubious and/or irrelevant emails, especially those received from unknown/suspect senders. Any attachments or links found in suspicious messages must not be opened, as this is a source of potential infection.
Additionally, you are advised to use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010. Note that malicious programs are also distributed through untrusted download channels (e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders), illegal activation ("cracking") tools and fake updaters.
Therefore, it is important to download from official/verified sources, and activate and update products with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers. To ensure device safety and user privacy, it is paramount to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept up to date.
Furthermore, this software must be used to perform regular system scans and to remove detected threats and issues. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "You received a transfer in the amount" email message:
Subject: Information about your account
Hello! You received a transfer in the amount of $ XXXXX (the Amount is hidden for security). You need to follow the link below to authenticate.
Appearance of "You received a transfer in the amount" scam email redirecting to dubious websites (GIF):
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- What is You Received A Transfer In The Amount spam?
- Types of malicious emails.
- How to spot a malicious email?
- What to do if you fell for an email scam?
Types of malicious emails:
Most commonly, cybercriminals use deceptive emails to trick Internet users into giving away their sensitive private information, for example, login information for various online services, email accounts, or online banking information.
Such attacks are called phishing. In a phishing attack, cybercriminals usually send an email message with some popular service logo (for example, Microsoft, DHL, Amazon, Netflix), create urgency (wrong shipping address, expired password, etc.), and place a link which they hope their potential victims will click on.
After clicking the link presented in such email message, victims are redirected to a fake website that looks identical or extremely similar to the original one. Victims are then asked to enter their password, credit card details, or some other information that gets stolen by cybercriminals.
Emails with Malicious Attachments
Another popular attack vector is email spam with malicious attachments that infect users' computers with malware. Malicious attachments usually carry trojans that are capable of stealing passwords, banking information, and other sensitive information.
In such attacks, cybercriminals' main goal is to trick their potential victims into opening an infected email attachment. To achieve this goal, email messages usually talk about recently received invoices, faxes, or voice messages.
If a potential victim falls for the lure and opens the attachment, their computers get infected, and cybercriminals can collect a lot of sensitive information.
While it's a more complicated method to steal personal information (spam filters and antivirus programs usually detect such attempts), if successful, cybercriminals can get a much wider array of data and can collect information for a long period of time.
This is a type of phishing. In this case, users receive an email claiming that a cybercriminal could access the webcam of the potential victim and has a video recording of one's masturbation.
To get rid of the video, victims are asked to pay a ransom (usually using Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency). Nevertheless, all of these claims are false - users who receive such emails should ignore and delete them.
How to spot a malicious email?
While cyber criminals try to make their lure emails look trustworthy, here are some things that you should look for when trying to spot a phishing email:
- Check the sender's ("from") email address: Hover your mouse over the "from" address and check if it's legitimate. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft, be sure to check if the email address is @microsoft.com and not something suspicious like @m1crosoft.com, @microsfot.com, @account-security-noreply.com, etc.
- Check for generic greetings: If the greeting in the email is "Dear user", "Dear @youremail.com", "Dear valued customer", this should raise suspiciousness. Most commonly, companies call you by your name. Lack of this information could signal a phishing attempt.
- Check the links in the email: Hover your mouse over the link presented in the email, if the link that appears seems suspicious, don't click it. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft and the link in the email shows that it will go to firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0... you shouldn't trust it. It's best not to click any links in the emails but to visit the company website that sent you the email in the first place.
- Don't blindly trust email attachments: Most commonly, legitimate companies will ask you to log in to their website and to view any documents there; if you received an email with an attachment, it's a good idea to scan it with an antivirus application. Infected email attachments are a common attack vector used by cybercriminals.
To minimise the risk of opening phishing and malicious emails we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
Example of a spam email:
What to do if you fell for an email scam?
- If you clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered your password - be sure to change your password as soon as possible. Usually, cybercriminals collect stolen credentials and then sell them to other groups that use them for malicious purposes. If you change your password in a timely manner, there's a chance that criminals won't have enough time to do any damage.
- If you entered your credit card information - contact your bank as soon as possible and explain the situation. There's a good chance that you will need to cancel your compromised credit card and get a new one.
- If you see any signs of identity theft - you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission. This institution will collect information about your situation and create a personal recovery plan.
- If you opened a malicious attachment - your computer is probably infected, you should scan it with a reputable antivirus application. For this purpose, we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
- Help other Internet users - report phishing emails to Anti-Phishing Working Group, FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, National Fraud Information Center and U.S. Department of Justice.