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.
Computer Support Scam
A Wyoming citizen wants you to know that if pop-up windows with flashing lights and sounds don’t necessarily mean you should call the computer support number. This citizen was scammed by a company claiming to be Tech Byte Solutions, but who eventually asked for payment to Webb Loft LLC to “clean up his infected computer.” The company would not take a credit card (warning sign) and said it was a Microsoft Edge (browser) infection. They asked for the citizen’s passwords (warning sign) and asked him to hold up a check to the webcam to affect payment. If this happens to you, unplug your computer from the internet and call someone you trust to help you clean your computer.
St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church (Dubois) Wants You to Know
If you receive correspondence from the Bishop or Priests in their Diocese, please be extra suspicious. Some parishioners have been receiving fake emails. Please call your church directly if you receive one of these emails using the local number. Do not follow a link, open an attachment, respond, or call the phone number in the email.
Another PayPal Scam
A new PayPal impersonation email was reported by a Wyoming citizen. The email was received from firstname.lastname@example.org spoofed as Billing Confirmation and the subject line was “Confirmation Id Transaction (Reference#).” The email is very poorly written with improper capitalization and spelling, which is a warning sign that it isn’t real. Here’s the first sentence as an example “Thank you For Placeing a Order With Paypal And Is Preparing It For Shipment in (Arizona) If You Want to Make Any Changes Like Cancelaon Kindly Call Us On Our Toll Free-+1(917)-265-9287 or +1(747)-251-4827.”
Bank Investment Scam
The South African Government Department is not contacting Wyoming CEO or Executives for a confidential contract award. The scam is from Mr. Riaan Mathews at email@example.com, which is really interesting considering that he has an India email address but is representing South Africa. The subject line is “BANK INVESTMENT!!” The email claims he needs help transferring money to a contractor in the U.S. and he will split $17 million with you if you help. It is a typical credential theft scam as he specifically asks for your company’s name, address, and banking details. Reported by a Wyoming citizen.
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, Google’s Android operating system, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Framemaker, Adobe Experience Manager, Microsoft, Palo Alto (PAN operating system) and SAP (Marketing, NetWeaver, Fiori, Banking Services, Commerce, Business Objects, Adaptive Server Enterprise and S/4Hana) products. If you use these products, make sure the software updated.
Scambusters.org Fake Apple Watches & Fitness Trackers Alert
Apple watches and fitness trackers are being cloned in China and even if you realize you’re not getting the American brand, think about what personal information those watches and fitness trackers keep in their database. Do you really want an unknown, foreign company to have your name, address, email address, and know where you typically walk, hike or run?
FTC WhatsApp and Facebook Alert
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants you to know that free COVID-19 money offers on WhatsApp and Facebook are scams. Even though it looks legitimate and could be from big brand names like Pepsi, Walmart and more, it is not real. The scammers are using legitimate company names to try to get your money.
Data Breaches in the News
Warner Music, American Payroll Association, Utah Pathology Services, Staples (customer order info), Artech (staffing firm), Mailfire (online marketing tools), Razer (gaming hardware), United Airlines (traveler ticket data), Inova Health Systems, Digital Point (webmaster community forum), Service NSW, Telmate (prison phone service) and Roper St. Francis Hospital (Charleston).
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