Hacker’s Brief

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This week’s Hacker’s Brief from CyberWyoming is sponsored by Campco Federal Credit Union.


Bank of America Scam: There is a phishing email claiming to be from Bank of America with the subject line of “We have a Surprise for Bank of America Users.” The email is actually from 7jxq2@atl21.labsdating.net and “click here” links do not direct to the official Bank of America website. Thanks to a Laramie citizen for reporting this scam.

Dog Scams: A Wyoming citizen spoke with a woman who identified herself as ‘Catherine Ann’ in Littlefield, Texas. She hoped to buy two pug puppies from Catherine Ann and agreed to pay $1,000 for the two puppies. Shortly after, she reported receiving an email from a moving company in Kansas asking for an additional $550 for insurance. Thanks to the Gillette citizen for reporting this scam. Please note that this scam is now a third derivative in Gillette.

Facebook Ad Solicitation: A scammer is sending text messages indicating that she is looking for a photographer in response to a Facebook advertisement. The message has the link ‘https://secure-facebook.listing-id2386991-ad.com’ that looks like a Facebook link but is not, and asks for your Facebook credentials. The text message came from (719) 283-6899 and is from someone named Mia. Thanks to a Wyoming citizen for reporting this scam.

U.S. Department of the Treasury: Malicious emails pretending to be the Treasury Department were recently discovered. One email says that payment for a government contract was not paid due to incorrect banking information provided, and then prompts the user to download a document and review it for any mistakes. The email adds a sense of urgency saying that if they don’t hear back, the money will be used for the Government’s coronavirus disaster relief. For more information on this scam, click here.

MS-ISAC Patch Now Alert: Multi-States Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) issued a patch now software update for the Google Chrome browser.

FTC COVID-19 Contact Tracing Text Message Scams: Real contact tracers are hired by the State Health Department and regional public health offices and do not ask for personal or financial information including your social security number, bank account or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer. The FTC has recently reported spam text messages with malicious links claiming to be COVID-19 contact tracers.

FTC Alert – Stimulus Checks and Nursing Homes: If you or a loved one live in an assisted living facility or nursing home and are on Medicaid, please note that the stimulus checks were not intended to be signed over to the facility in which you live. According to the FTC, the stimulus checks are a tax credit and tax law says that tax credits do not count as resources for federal benefits programs, like Medicaid. Thus, these facilities may not take that money from their residents just because they are on Medcaid.

Microsoft Warns of Malicious Excel Files: Emails claiming to come from the John Hopkins Center bearing a ‘WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT’ Excel file that supposedly shows a graph of supposed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has malicious macros. If you receive this email do not open the attachment.

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

Other ways to report a scam:
·       Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker
·       File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission
·       Report your scam to the FBI
·       Report unwanted calls to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registration or call 1 (888) 382-1222, and select Option 3
·       Office of the Inspector General


Information provided by CyberWyoming Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of CyberWyoming.