Revolut Phishing Scams – How to Avoid Them
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Revolut Phishing Scams – How to Avoid Them

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Read the article to see how you can avoid Revolut Phishing Scams and remove malware which was distributed by such scams. E-mails, messages and websites are all involved in these types of spoofing. The article will also aid you to recognize Revolut Phishing Scams and the official Revolut messages from one another. If you notice that your computer system is infected or behaves strangely, we recommend that you scan it with a security tool.

Revolut Phishing Scams are common worldwide. Many variations of these scams exist, featuring websites specifically designed to generate spoofed pages, messages deliberately trying to trick you have a problem, or notifications which may lead to stolen credentials or your PC getting infected with malware. All of these types of Revolut scams are still in circulation and through them, a lot of sensitive data or money is being stolen. People keep falling victim to related spoofed messages, despite in what form they are sent on. Over the years Revolut is used in many scams and with each new one, cybercriminals improve their skills of making a scam as close as possible to the original messaging used by the big brand. If you are targeted with a spoofed message, you will be asked to login to “Revolut” or visit a Web domain and perform an action there like paying for a failed shipment.

Threat Summary

Name
TypePhishing, PUP, malware
Short DescriptionPhishing messages trying to trick you into clicking links. Once clicked, a link will redirect you on a landing page. You will be asked to do an action there, such as providing credentials, personal information or filling in a form. Occasionally, clicking a link will download malware on your computer.
SymptomsYou receive an e-mail message that is allegedly from Revolut. You will be urged to click on a link. You can then get malware on your computer device or land on a page that imitates the official Revolut website, while demanding of you to fill in personal details.
Distribution MethodPhishing Emails, Pop-up messages, Redirects
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Revolut Phishing Scams – Distribution Methods

The Revolut phishing scams are becoming much more diverse as the financial service is becoming more popular among mobile users. At the moment there have been several campaigns that have been found to be among the major scams for the service. In the majority of cases they will use the so-called direct methods which will reach out to the users and attempt to manipulate them into giving out their personal information or the app’s credentials. There are several popular main methods which are commonly used by hackers:

  • SPAM Emails — The hackers can send out messages in bulk using a SPAM method wherein the messages appear to be sent by Revolut, bank, Google, Apple or another party that is tied to the financial service. The contents will most likely be stolen or resemble the one that is ordinarily sent to the victims. Usually the infections are caused through redirects that are executed once the users click on text links, multimedia files or engage in certain activities — downloading files, scrolling and etc. This is done by embedding in advanced JavaScript scripts as some email providers enable them by default.
  • Malware Websites — The criminals can always create fake sites that present themselves as legitimate landing pages, parts of the Revolut site or login prompts. There are two main types — the ones that are hosted on similar sounding domain names and possibly a signed and valid security certificate and the sites that are shown through a shortened URL service. These pages are usually login prompts or parts of the Revolut site.
  • Redirects — The redirects which are usually the result of having installed a browser hijackers will automatically present the endpoint page to the victims. If browser manipulation has been made the address bar can show the legitimate Revolut site but in fact the fake site will be shown.
  • Ad Networks — The hackers can create list the malware sites on ad networks using their own credentials or through hacked/fake ones. This is a very efficient strategy as it will be posted on both safe sites and communities and across pages that integrate the relevant ad network. Using this method alone the Revolut phishing scams can reach a very large and possibly global audience.

The phishing scams redirects can also be caused by interacting with various files and applications. This can be presented using different file types and malware loaders. A good example is the often created macro-infected documents which can be of all popular formats: text files, databases, spreadsheets and presentations. When they are opened by the victims a prompt will be shown asking them to enable the built-in scripts. If this is done the associated malware engine will be started. An alternative is the creation of malicious bundle installers which are usually legitimate setup bundle installers of popular programs which are downloaded by end users: creativity suites, productivity and office apps, system utilities and even computer games. They are uploaded to various sites, including download portals and file-sharing networks like BitTorrent.

Bear in mind that a large part of the infections are done by downloading and interacting with browser hijackers — they are dangerous plugins that are made compatible with the most popular web browsers. The posted descriptions will promise the addition of additional features or performance optimizations. To do so the criminals will use fake user reviews and post the descriptions through impersonated or stolen developer credenials. A large number of Revolut phishing scams can be orchestrated by publishing fake apps both for Android and iOS and published on their respective repositories.

Sim Card Swap Revolut Phishing Scams

One of the most common tactics which has been found to plague Revolut customers is the SIM card swap, orchestrated by the hacking group. This is done by using other scams in order to take control of the target’s phone number. The scammers do so by gathering enough personal information in order to convince the mobile carriers into handing out control of the associated SIM card to the criminals. In the end the this will allow the hackers to take over control of the accounts by supplying their own cards and claiming that they are the users.

Revolut Phishing Scams — Protection Tips

In order to protect themselves from Revolut phishing scams the users will need to take extra care when supplying information about themselves or related to their Revolut accounts. Take special note that the hackers can easily impersonate Revolut staff and social engineer the victims into revealing their card PIN numbers or security responses such as passwords. The best action to do in this case is to take a screenshot and report them directly to Revolut.

Take note that communications is mainly done through the legitimate applications support function. Revolut will never reach out to individual users via social network profiles, special site or portals. We also advise all Revolut users to constantly look out for updates and keep their applications updated at all times.

In the last few months there have been several sightings of fake and counterfeit notifications that will redirect the users to a fake login or verification page. We remind our readers that such notifications are fake and should be treated with suspicion. They can take forms of pop-ups and emails.

Remove Revolut Phishing Scams and Related Malware

All that is required to remove some Revolut Phishing Scams is to ignore the message, never respond to it and delete it. Other scams require a bit of action, such as thoroughly scanning your computer machine with security software to determine whether you have some malware component that is pushing Revolut spoofed messages to your computer, browser or e-mail address.

We highly recommend that all computer users scan their system for active infections and malware using a security program. That could prevent many malicious actions and stop malware of distributing further.

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Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.

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