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.
Bank of Africa Scam
A Laramie citizen reported a money transfer scam email that claimed to be from the Bank of Africa, asking for your help to move investment money. The email is from Mrs. Wright Anderson at email@example.com, with the subject line of “Below information is what I need from you so we can be reaching each other.” The email asks for your personal and banking information.
iCloud Email Scam
A Cheyenne citizen reported two iCloud scam emails asking for updates to your iCloud account information because your account was locked for security reasons. The email looked professional and real with logos and color. It was from
firstname.lastname@example.org spoofed as iCloud and the subject line was “Your iCloud ID has been locked on [DATE].”
A Cheyenne citizen reported a scam email impersonating Netflix and asking you to update your current billing information with a new credit card. The email came from email@example.com, spoofed as Netflix and the subject line is “Statament (yes it is misspelled) Updated new log-in on [date].”
Domain Listing Scam
A Laramie organization received a letter from Domain Listings that looked like an invoice for a service the Laramie company had signed up for, but be assured that the solicitation is a scam. Domain Listings in Las Vegas has 161 complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau and is called fraudulent on several reputable websites. If your business receives this invoice, ignore it.
Wyoming State Government Impersonated in Scam Phone Call
A Wyoming Citizen is receiving multiple phone calls impersonating the Wyoming State Government. The caller states that they are from the Wyoming government but calling about the citizen’s Apple and iCloud accounts, saying they have been compromised. The Wyoming State Government has nothing to do with your personal accounts, including Apple and iCloud accounts.
Scambusters.org Pyramid Scheme Warning
If you see Blessing Loom or Gifting Circle on social media, this is a pyramid scheme and is illegal for anyone to knowingly participate. The scheme is that you ‘buy in’ for a sum of money and then when others buy in, later, you receive more than what you paid in. According to the FTC, most people lose money because the scheme always collapses. Ignore easy money or get-rich-quick promises.
Scambusters.org Fake Package Delivery
Victims are receiving text messages saying a package is waiting and needs to be claimed or delivery scheduled. The text may even come branded with a stolen logo from a recognizable company. If you follow the link in the text, then the scammers steal your personal and/or credit card information.
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, Microsoft’s Edge Browser, and Apple products (macOS and iCloud for Windows). If you use these products, make sure the software updated.
Data Breaches in the News
Town Sports International (New York Sports Clubs/Christi’s Fitness gyms), Shopify, Stony Brook University Hospital (Long Island), Allina Health Hospitals, Children’s Minnesota (hospital), Activision, Newhall School District (California), University Hospital New Jersey, Artech (U.S. staffing firm – 2nd breach), Vote Joe campaign app, US Department of Veteran Affairs, Staples, and Airbnb (host data).
Please report scams you may experience to firstname.lastname@example.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