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Hackers Brief from Cyber Wyoming | Oct. 4, 2021

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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. 

 

Living Proof Now Vital Records Scam

A Wyomingite reported a website called LivingProofNow.com that claims to get birth and death certificates for you without hassle. However, the citizen never received confirmation after paying $49 and found out from his credit card statement that the Living Proof Now is located in Spain. CyberWyoming researched the issue and found that vital records website scams are common. In fact, in looking at the Living Proof Now website and clicking on Wyoming, we found this buried disclaimer: “Before we go any further, it’s important that you know…We are a privately owned website that is not affiliated, owned or operated by the U.S. Government or any government agency. You must send your mistake-free application to your state’s Health Department. You must pay any required fees directly to your state’s Health Department or other government agency.” So, basically, pay Living Proof Now $49 then continue to work with the local government. Thus their claims of getting your hassle free birth or death certificates are bogus. Here is an article from the Sioux City Journal that discusses the issue and recommends always contacting the local county government where you were born to get your birth certificate. https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/website-scams-target-people-seeking-birth-certificates-other-documents-from-iowa-other-states/article_cfc2a315-87b3-5c26-901c-495eeb587d7e.html

 

MoneyGram Scam

An email impersonating Money Gram with the subject line of ‘URGENT NEEDED’ from Frank John at mgram4458@gmail.com was reported by a Sheridan citizen. The email asks for your personal information (including your name) to access funds that are supposedly in your name at the MoneyGram office. CyberWyoming Note: MoneyGram made the news when they settled with the FTC in 2009 and agreed to make changes to make it harder for scammers to use MoneyGram. There have been all sorts of scam emails since then. Here’s a great one that also involved Frank John. https://bestinspam.wordpress.com/conversations-with-scammers/a-conversation-with-frank-john/

 

Free Bitcoin Scam

If you receive an email from gekugin@gmail.com with the subject line of “Erpz 5 Pvhll 7 Cuh 1” and an offer called Free Bitcoin – PYEC, a Casper citizen wants you to know it is a scam. Do not click on any attachments and remember that if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.

Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva Is Not Holding Funds From Africa For You

A Sheridan citizen reported an email scam that requests your personal information from parfaitaguidiguo@gmail.com or mrskristalina9898@gmail.com. The email impersonates the International Monetary Fund and the legitimate director, Kristalina Georgieva. The subject line is ‘Dear beneficiary’ and the greeting is ‘COMPLIMENTS’. (It seems like the two should be reversed, so our guess is that the scammer got their programming fields mixed up.)

 

Another IMF Impersonation Scam

If you receive an email from smithadi763@gmail.com, paul38713@gmail.com, or pm3628587@gmail.com claiming to be Mr. Paulson EE and asking for your personal information to provide “compensation funds for scammed victims” from the IMF (International Monetary Fund), note the irony and delete it. Reported by a Sheridan citizen.

 

Military Impersonation Scam

If you receive an email from the US Army Force at file8119@gmail.com or officefile548@aol.com claiming to be a Captain in the US Central Command in Syria and asking you to help him hide money he found that had belonged to ISIS, know it is fake and that it has a more devious purpose of trying to hurt the integrity of our military officers. Reported by a Sheridan citizen.

Why am I getting Facebook suggested friend notifications via email when I’m not on Facebook?

This question was recently posed by a Wyomingite. While our research wasn’t conclusive, it could be because What’s App shares information with Facebook. However, this citizen didn’t use What’s App either. Air on the side of caution. Block the sender and delete the email. Don’t click on anything in the email. Unsolicited emails should always be viewed with suspicion.

 

Scambusters.org Natural Disaster Scam Alerts

With the floods and hurricanes we have recently seen, be aware of bogus fundraisers, crooked contractors, and flood damaged car scams.

 

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’s Chrome browser and Confluence Server & Data Center products. If you use these products, make sure the software (or firmware) is updated.

Please report scams you may experience to phishing@cyberwyoming.org to alert your friends and neighbors.

If you want to report a phone, email or text scam and let your friends and neighbors know, forward it or send a description to phishing@cyberwyoming.org.

 

Please report scams you may experience to phishing@cyberwyoming.org to alert your friends and neighbors.

 

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

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