The Hackers Brief from Cyber Wyoming is sponsored by First Federal Bank & Trust. Be aware of the latest scams in Sheridan, Wyoming and the rest of the nation.
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Alert
Since the unprecedented increase in Unemployment Insurance claims began in mid-March, DWS has discovered over 1,500 fraudulent unemployment claims, which include stolen personal information (even from State employees) used to file an unemployment claim. If you have not filed an unemployment claim but receive a letter or a US Bank debit card from the DWS Unemployment Insurance Division, please report it to the State at wyomingworforce.org under UI Fraud Reporting.
Social Security Administration Doesn’t Call You
A couple from Evanston reported they received a recorded call saying that their SSN was being fraudulently used in South Texas. They were to press 1 to speak to an agent. When they pressed 1 they got a busy signal. Just a reminder that this is a scam, even if you do get a real person. The Social Security Administration doesn’t call you.
MS-ISAC Patch Now Alert
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has published a patch now (update your software) alert for Google Chrome’s browser and Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird products. If you use these products, make sure your software updated.
Scambusters.org Warns of Posting Head Shot Photos on Social Media
High school graduation photos posted using #ClassOf2020 could be used to steal the graduate’s identity. This gives the identity thief a head start with the photo, the graduation date and the school details. Consumer organizations are warning students not to post their graduation photos.
Scambusters.org Phone Scam Alert
Fraudsters are phoning people to accuse them of money laundering and telling them that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. They claim to be from the Social Security Administration. Remember, the Social Security Administration doesn’t call you.
Scambusters.org Change Your Router Password on your Home Network Alert
A new study by internet security firm F-Secure showed that many people fail to change the default passwords that come with the smart devices in their homes. Scammers have discovered how to hack into DVRs and security cameras and take over a home network. In addition, many people don’t know that there is an administrative user ID and default password beyond your wifi password. If you want to access your home router, here’s a video by the CyberWyoming Alliance on how to start: https://youtu.be/HcpNq8MRDzI. Then, find the instructions only from the legitimate manufacturer website.
Scambusters.org COVID Scam Alerts
Fake pet sales, romance scams on dating sites to gain stimulus payments and stolen identities to claim unemployment checks are three of the latest COVID related scams. Advice: don’t wire money or use gift cards as any payments, be suspicious on dating sites if your love interest requests money to pay for a family member with COVID, and monitor or put a freeze on your credit.
FTC Work At Home Scam Alert
If you receive a phone call about a work-from-home opportunity for business coaching, it is a high pressure scam that requires you to purchase a program and marketing materials to ‘be successful.’ Be sure to check out the FTC’s consumer scam alert website or call AARP’s Fraud Alert before you spend any money.
Beware of PAC Scams
As the elections ramp up, Political Action Committee (PAC) scams will, too. Since PACs are not subject to tight federal control, fake PACs can be set up and avoid detailed scrutiny and often start the scam with a phone call. According to the U.S. Center for Public Integrity, donors contributed $101 million to 61 dubious organizations in 2017-2018. It is worth noting also that donating to a PAC is not the same as donating to a public charity, and that often fake PACs claim to be supporting a charity to get you to donate. Scambusters.org recommends you check out any PAC you want to donate to on CharityWatch.org.
Other ways to report a scam:
• Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker: www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us/reportscam
• File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint
• Report your scam to the FBI at https://www.ic3.gov/complaint
• Reported unwanted calls to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registration.
• Online at https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx or call 1-888-382-1222, option 3
• Office of the Inspector General: www.oig.ssa.gov