How to spot scam emails like "Qatar World Cup 2022 Pay-Out"
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What is "Qatar World Cup 2022 Pay-Out"?
We have inspected this email and discovered that it is written by scammers who aim to trick recipients into believing that they have won a prize and providing personal information. Thus, we classified this letter as a phishing email. It should be marked as spam and deleted.
More about the "Qatar World Cup 2022 Pay-Out" scam email
This scam email is disguised as a letter from the Qatar World Cup 2022 office based in London. It claims that the recipient's name and email address were randomly picked by Visa Debit Card Europe Inc in the Qatar World Cup 2022 prize pay-out promo. It encourages the recipient to email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim a prize.
Usually, when scammers behind are contacted, they ask to provide personal information like credit card details, ID card information, etc., and (or) pay an "administration" or other fees. Although, recipients who fall for their scams never receive any prizes. They lose money, have their identities stolen, or encounter other issues.
|Name||Qatar World Cup 2022 Pay-Out Email Scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Recipients have won the Qatar World Cup 2022 prize|
|Disguise||Letter from the Qatar World Cup 2022 coordinations office|
|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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Similar scam emails in general
Examples of similar scams are "Session Validation Error Email Scam", "Mailbox Software Update Email Scam", and "CFDI Manager Emisión Email Scam". In most cases, scammers behind such emails pretend to be legitimate companies, organizations (or other entities), or real people.
They attempt to extract sensitive information (or money) via email or a phishing website. It is important to mention that crooks can use emails for other purposes (e.g., to deliver malware).
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
Not all files infect computers immediately after opening them. For instance, malicious MS Office documents inject malware after enabling macros commands (editing/content).
How to avoid installation of malware?
Always examine emails containing links or attachments, especially when they are irrelevant and (or) received from unknown addresses. Do not open their contents without being sure it is safe. Download software from official pages and stores. Avoid downloads from shady websites, P2P networks, third-party downloaders, free file hosting pages, etc.
If you've already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "Qatar World Cup 2022 Pay-Out" email letter:
Qatar World Cup 2022 Office
1 Sheldon Square, London W2 6TT
The Coordinators Office
Qatar World Cup 2022 Pay-Out
Your name and email was randomly picked by Visa Debit Card Europe Inc. in our
Qatar World Cup 2022 prize pay-out promo. Please contact the Coordinator @
email@example.com to claim your prize.
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- What is Qatar World Cup 2022 Pay-Out phishing email?
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why did I receive this email?
All recipients have received the same email. As a rule, scam emails like this one are not personal.
I have provided my personal information when tricked by this email, what should I do?
If you have provided your credit card details, ID card information, or other details to scammers (or entered personal information on a phishing page), contact the corresponding authorities as soon as possible.
I have downloaded and opened a malicious file attached to an email, is my computer infected?
Executables infect computers after opening them. Thus, your computer is probably infected if you have opened an executable file. In other case, you may have avoided having a computer infected (e.g., if you have opened a malicious MS Office document but have not enabled macros commands).
I have read the email but didn't open the attachment, is my computer infected?
No, it is safe to open emails even when they include malicious files or links.
Will Combo Cleaner remove malware infections that were present in email attachment?
Combo Cleaner will remove malware from the operating system. It can detect almost all known malware. High-end malware usually hides deep in the system. Thus, running a full system scan is required to remove malware of this kind.
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