"POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS" email scam removal guide
What is the "POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS" email?
"POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS" is the name of an email phishing spam campaign. The term "spam campaign" refers to a mass-scale operation, during which thousands of deceptive emails are sent. The letters distributed through the "POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS" spam campaign are disguised as official mail from Powerball - an American lottery game, offered by 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. It must be emphasized that these scam emails are in no way associated with the genuine lottery and all of the information provided within them is false. The purpose of this spam campaign is phishing; in other words, the letters are intended to trick recipients into providing their personal information that can then be potentially used to further this or other scams.
The "POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS" scam emails (title/subject "POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS (COVID-19) EDITION"; may vary) inform victims that their emails have been selected to participate in the "Powerball" lottery's 500,000.00 USD dollar draw. The letters state that the prize will be paid out, once winners' confirmation is received. The deceptive emails instruct recipients to check additional information on the claims in the attachment. Recipients are also requested to provide the following information - their names, phone numbers and home addresses. The personal details can then be used to further the "POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS" scheme or other scams, and/or be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To summarize, by trusting this scam users can experience severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft.
|Name||POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS Email Scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Scam emails claim that recipients have been selected to participate in the "Powerball" lottery.|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
"United Nations Online Lotto", "2020 EU/COMMONWEALTH LOTTO", "Attn Lucky Winner" and "TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION" are some examples of other spam campaigns, similar to "POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS". Scam letters are often disguised as "official", "important", "urgent", "priority" and it may even be presented as mail from legitimate institutions, organizations, companies and other enterprises. However, spam campaigns are not used exclusively for phishing purposes - they are also used for other types of scams and malware (e.g. trojan, ransomware, etc.) proliferation. Regardless of what deceptive mail claims, requests, offers or demands, the end-goal is always the same - to generate revenue for the scammers / cyber criminals behind it. Therefore, it is strongly advised to exercise caution with incoming emails.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
How to avoid installation of malware?
To avoid malware spread via spam mail, it is expressly advised against opening suspicious and/or irrelevant emails, especially any attachments or links present in them. Additionally, it is recommended to use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010. However, malicious programs are also proliferated through untrustworthy download channels (e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders), illegal software activation ("cracking") tools and fake updaters. Therefore, it is important to only download from official/verified sources, activate and update software with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, it is crucial to have a dependable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and kept updated. Furthermore, these programs are to be used to run regular system infections and to remove detected/potential threats. If you've already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS" scam email letter:
Subject: POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS (COVID-19) EDITION
YOUR EMAIL WAS SELECTED IN THE POWERBALL LOTTERY DRAW
WITH THE SUM OF $ 500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)
POWERBALL CLAIMS ARE OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED AND PAID AFTER
CONFIRMATION IS MADE BY THE SELECTED WINNING NUMBER OWNERS.
Kindly check the attachment to this email for more informations on your claims.
Powerball Logo. Address: 9918 Turtle Bay Ct, Orlando, FL 32832, USA.
YOUR EMAIL WAS SELECTED IN THE POWERBALL LOTTERY DRAW WITH THE SUM OF $500,00.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)
POWERBALL CLAIMS ARE OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED AND PAID AFTER CONFIRMATION IS MADE BY THE SELECTED NUMBER OWNERS.
NOTE: Kindly send in the following informations for authorization and claims.
- Phone number
- Home Address
MR BRETT LIEBMANN
HEAD OF OPERATIONS
POWERBALL POWER PLAY
ORLANDO, FL 32832, USA
Another example of Powerball-themed scam email:
Text presented within:
My name is Lerynne West, the winner of the $ 343 million Power Ball jackpot in October 2018. My jackpot was a gift from God to me so my entire family / foundation has agreed to do so. My foundation is donating 4,800,000.00 euros to you to improve the lives of many people in your community who are affected by this corona virus. Please contact email@example.com for more information and accept this as a gift from me and my family.
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- What is "POWERBALL OFFICIAL 2020 WINNINGS"?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of possible malware infections.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
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:
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:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart 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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In 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.
Check 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".
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.
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.