'2020 EU/COMMONWEALTH LOTTO' Email Scam
Con artists continue to experiment with email tactics that usually follow the same pattern – they offer the recipients a great reward, and then trick them into sending money to the fraudsters, or providing them with a lot of information. One of the recent tactics to use such a trick is the '2020 EU/COMMONWEALTH LOTTO' email scam – its recipients appear to be both English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking users. The email claims that the recipient has been chosen to win $500,000 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and that the program is sponsored by the '2020 EU/COMMONWEALTH LOTTO.' Needless to say, such a thing does not exist, and you can rest assured that the sender of the email does not have $500,000 prepared for you.
The last bit of the message asks the victims to contact a processing agent for more information on how to claim their reward – one of the emails used for this is firstname.lastname@example.org, but it is entirely possible that the fraudsters may use a long list of fake email addresses for this tactic.
For the sake of your online safety, you should not forget that the COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited by cybercriminals and con artists who use it to popularize schemes and threatening malware – you should be careful whenever you interact with online content related to the Coronavirus. If you see a message regarding COVID-19 rewards, you should know that it is a guaranteed tactic – your government would not be awarding you funds by contacting you via an email message.