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.
Nazi Germany Email Scam
A series of emails were reported by a Wyoming citizen from firstname.lastname@example.org/.in, .pw, sch, .es, and .at. The subject lines ranged from “Cry from Germany: Innocent Jew is in danger of death in German Jail!” to “Make a list of corrupt officials, judges, prosecutors, police officers from Germany.” Some of the messages are also about Nato. These emails have been verified by Google as scams.
A Wyoming citizen reported a scam that seems to be targeting Hotmail.com accounts. The subject line is “Transfer Summ $9124.52 Here” and has a malicious attachment. The mail was identified as phishing and is used to steal personal information.
ADP Payroll Security Scam
An email from ADP, LLC email@example.com with the subject of ADP PAYROLL SECURITY was reported by a Wyoming citizen. It is an attempt to “upgrade your account security and avoid payments cancellation,” but is really an attempt to get your payroll account information.
A Reminder About Physical Security
A Wyoming citizen reported that his laptop and Xbox were stolen out of his car. These devices sometimes have access to bank and credit card accounts. Be sure to protect them from physical theft.
MS-ISAC Patch Now Alert
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has published two patch now (update your software) alerts for Microsoft products and one for Apple products. If you use these products, make sure the software updated.
Scambusters.org Scam Phone Call Alert
Remember this phrase “hang up, look up [the number], and call back.” Don’t rely on caller ID, that can be spoofed. Also, even if your phone number is on the FTC’s Do Not Call registry, it doesn’t mean a caller is legitimate. If it is a recorded call and you press the number, you may receive even more recorded calls.
Scambusters.org Top Name Retailer Alert
If you receive an advertisement on social media for COVID coupons, grants or food relief from retailers like Walmart or Target, these are not real. Scammers are impersonating these organizations to get you to click and then they try to steal your personal information.
How to Tell a Genuine Census Official
Genuine census officials will not ask you for any confidential information like a social security number, Medicare number or banking information. They will not ask for any kind of payment. They will have a watermarked ID.
Scambusters.org Predatory Lending Alert
If you have a lot of value locked into your house but need cash, beware of predatory lending crooks. Fraudsters offer high loan interest rates with your home as the collateral. When you fall behind on your payments on the loan, you lose your house. Talk to your own banking institution and be sure to read the fine print. These scammers advertise with legitimate media outlets and look legitimate. Tips from the American Bankers Association:
• Watch out for harassing phone calls or solicitations from lenders offering easy, next-day approval or “guaranteed” low payments — as long as you commit right now.
• Always shop around for the best deal and compare the bottom line for each one — total costs.
• Beware of high, up-front fees and percentage points. They can turn a loan with low monthly payments into one that actually costs you more in the long run, says the ABA.
• Also, beware of telemarketers and TV ads offering loans or rates that seem too good to be true. They are.
• Always read all the fine print both on initial documentation and any forms you’re required to sign.
• Avoid lenders who say that a bad credit record is not a problem. Trustworthy lenders don’t operate this way, according to the ABA.
• When you’ve found a lender you’re interested in dealing with, check them out. Get references.
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