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Avoid losing your email account via Xerox Scanned Document scam emails

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

"Xerox Scanned Document Email Scam" removal guide

What is "Xerox Scanned Document" scam email?

"Xerox Scanned Document Email Scam" refers to a phishing spam email campaign. The term "spam campaign" is used to describe a mass-scale operation, during which thousands of deceptive emails are sent. The messages distributed through this spam campaign claim that recipients have received a scanned document and, to retrieve it, they are instructed to click the provided link. Furthermore, the scam emails are concluded with "© 2020 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved", which is intended to imply that the mail is from Microsoft. These emails are in no way associated with the Microsoft Corporation. Furthermore, the messages promote a phishing website, which collects data entered into it.

Xerox Scanned Document email spam campaign

The "Xerox Scanned Document" scam emails claim that recipients have received a document, which has been sent "using a Xerox WorkCentre multifunction device on Microsoft Exchange Portal". To access the document, recipients are instructed to visit the listed URL and/or click the "Retrieve Document" button. As mentioned, the email is supposedly signed by Microsoft - this is false and the aforementioned corporation is in no way associated with these messages. The link promoted by this spam campaign redirects to a phishing website disguised as the log-in/sign-in page of the Outlook Web App. This site records information users type into it, and the email credentials (i.e. email addresses and passwords) entered into it are delivered to the scammers. Email accounts are of particular interest to cyber criminals, as they are commonly connected with other accounts such as social networking, social media, streaming services, data storage and transfer, e-commerce, online money transfers, digital wallets, banking, and many others. Through stolen mail accounts, scammers can gain access to and hijack various associated accounts. To elaborate on how some of these accounts may be misused: communication accounts (e.g. social, messaging, etc.) can be used by the criminals to demand loans from contacts/friends and/or to proliferate malware (by sharing infectious files) under the guise of the genuine owner. Should especially sensitive and/or compromising content be found on data-storing accounts, it may be held for ransom under the threat of publication and/or sale to the victim's competitors. Accounts that directly deal with finances (e.g. banking, money transfers, etc.) or ones that store financial information (e.g. e-commerce and those that offer paid services) can be misused to make fraudulent transactions and/or to make online purchases. To summarize, trusting the "Xerox Scanned Document" emails can result in serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. If attempts to log-in through this phishing website have already been made, the email and all connected account credentials (i.e. passwords) must be changed immediately. You should also contact the official support of all potentially compromised accounts.

Threat Summary:
Name Xerox Scanned Document Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Emails claim users have received a scanned document.
Disguise Microsoft 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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"SendGrid Email Scam", "Your account has encountered an error 505", "OneDrive Email Scam", "SharePoint Email Scam" and "Server Notification" are some examples of other phishing spam campaigns. Emails sent during these operations are usually disguised as "official", "urgent", "important", "priority" and so on, however, the messages can be used for other scams as well. Furthermore, spam campaigns are also used to distribute malware (e.g. Trojans, ransomware, etc.). Regardless of what the scam emails promise, offer, request or demand, the purpose is identical: to generate profit for the scammers/cyber criminals behind them. Therefore, you are strongly advised to exercise caution with all received mail.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Systems are infected through dangerous files, which are distributed via spam campaigns. These emails contain download links of malicious files and/or the files are simply attached to the messages. Infectious files can be in various formats such as archives (ZIP, RAR, etc.), executables (.exe, .run, etc.), Microsoft Office and PDF documents, JavaScript, and so on. When these files are executed, run or otherwise opened, the infection process (i.e. malware download/installation) is triggered. For example, Microsoft Office documents cause infections by executing malicious macro commands. In MS Office versions released before 2010, this process begins when a document is opened, however, newer programs (released after 2010) have "Protected View" mode, which prevents macros from being executed automatically. When a document is opened in these versions, users are asked to enable macro commands (i.e. to enable editing/content). Therefore, infection processes are only triggered if macros are manually enabled.

How to avoid installation of malware

Suspicious and/or irrelevant emails must not be opened, especially those with any links or file attachments within them, as this can result in high-risk system infection. Additionally, you are advised to use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010. Malware is also proliferated via dubious 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 bogus updaters. Therefore, download from official/trustworthy sources, and active and update products with tools or functions provided by legitimate developers. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is crucial to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept updated. This software must be used to run regular system scans and to remove detected/potential threats to remove detected threats. 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 "Xerox Scanned Document" email message:

Subject: Xerox Scanned - Document: Important Company Guideline Notes

 

Attn: ********

 

-You have an important ******** designated Document-

 

It was scanned and sent to you [********] using a Xerox WorkCentre multifunction device on Microsoft Exchange Portal.

 

For more ********-specific information as it relates to you, please visit ********

 

Retrieve Document

 

© 2020 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Screenshot of the phishing website, disguised as the sign-in/log-in page of Outlook Web App:

Xerox Scanned Document email scam promoted phishing website

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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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus 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.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.

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