What is the New sign-in on email scam?
Phishing emails are used to trick recipients into clicking a website link or opening an attachment, which then installs malware onto the operating system or opens a web page that cyber criminals use to steal sensitive, private information (e.g., login credentials, credit card details, telephone numbers, names, surnames, and so on). This particular email is used to trick recipients into providing email account credentials.
Email service providers send emails stating that a suspicious sign-in was prevented (or similar notification) when they block attempts to access email accounts from different locations, devices, etc. In this way, email providers notify users of unusual sign-in activities.
Scammers behind this phishing email attempt to trick recipients into believing that this is a legitimate email regarding a sign-in on MailApp. It encourages users to reset their passwords via the provided website link if it was not them who signed into the MailApp.
The link in this email opens a fake MailApp sign-in page asking users to enter their email account login credentials (email address and password) to access the accounts.
To summarize, cyber criminals attempt to deceive recipients into believing that they need to change their MailApp passwords to prevent their accounts from being stolen. In fact, the provided login credentials are used to steal the accounts.
Typically, cyber criminals use stolen email accounts to spread phishing emails, trick other people into providing personal information, making money transactions, etc. Stolen accounts are commonly sold on the darknet, or their login credentials are used to perform brute-force attacks (to steal other accounts using the same or similar login credentials).
All of this can be avoided by NOT clicking links in suspicious emails or providing personal information on unofficial, dubious websites.
|Name||New Sign-In On Email Scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Email account was used to sign into MailApp|
|Disguise||A letter from email service provider|
|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 Combo Cleaner.
More examples of phishing emails (used to trick recipients into clicking links or opening attachments, which infect the operating system with malware or open deceptive web pages) are "Banco De Espana", "Email Disabling Service", "Budapest Bank Email Virus", and "Ministero Dello Sviluppo Economico Email Virus".
These bogus emails are usually disguised as important, official messages from legitimate companies and organizations. Some examples of malware that cyber criminals spread via emails are TrickBot, Ursnif, LokiBot, and Emotet.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
When these files are executed, run or otherwise opened, the infection process (i.e. malware download/installation) is triggered. For example, Microsoft Office documents (e.g. "Invoice_24077.xlsb") cause infections by executing malicious macro commands.
In Microsoft Office versions released prior to 2010, malware download/installation begins when an infectious document is opened, however, newer versions have "Protected View" mode that prevents automatic execution of macros. Instead, users are asked to enable macro commands (i.e., to enable editing/content) and hence infection processes can only be started by manually enabling macros.
How to avoid installation of malware
Do not trust irrelevant emails that have files attached (or contain website links) and are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Software should not be downloaded or installed through third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages or other similar sources/tools.
Use only official websites and direct links. Installed software should never be updated or activated with third party, unofficial tools, since they can install malware. Furthermore, it is illegal to use third party tools to activate licensed software.
The only legitimate way to update and activate software is to use tools and functions that are provided by the official developers. Regularly scan your computer with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software and keep this software up to date.
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 new sign-in on email scam:
Subject: New sign-in on Email
Your email account ******** was just used to sign in on MailApp.
If you did this, you're all set.
If not, please use this link to stop sharing, and then create a new password.
Replies sent to this email cannot be answered.
Screenshot of the deceptive sign-in page:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is New sign-in on email scam?
- 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 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:
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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.