Hacker’s Brief

Hacker's Brief
Hacker's Brief

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


Nazi Germany Email Scam: A series of emails were reported by a Wyoming citizen from erney@erney.im/.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, but all emails have been verified by Google as scams.

Hotmail Scam: A Wyoming citizen reported a scam that seems to be targeting Hotmail.com accounts. Using the subject line “Transfer Summ $9124.52 Here,” the email includes a malicious attachment designed to steal personal information. Do not click on the attachment and delete email.

ADP Payroll Security Scam: A Wyoming resident reported receiving anemail from ADP, LLC e.rmi.n.i.osiciliani@gmail.com with the subject line ‘ADP PAYROLL SECURITY.’ The email offers to upgrade your account security and avoid payment cancellation, but is really an attempt to get your payroll account information.

A Reminder About Physical Security: Another resident reported that his laptop and Xbox were stolen out of his car and his bank and credit card information was breached. These devices can be gold mines for would-be scammers, so be sure to protect them from being stolen.

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.

Scam Phone Call Alert: Remember this advice: hang up, look up the number and call back. Don’t rely on caller ID, which 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.

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 on a link, so they can steal your personal information.

How to Tell a Genuine Census Official: In the coming days as Census workers go door to door, remember that 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 and will have a watermarked ID.

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 to look legitimate. Here are some 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 as well as total costs.
  • Beware of high, upfront fees and percentage points, which can turn a loan with low monthly payments into one that actually costs you more in the long run.
  • Beware of telemarketers and TV ads offering loans or rates that seem too good to be true.
  • 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.


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.