Hacker’s Brief

Hacker's Brief
Hacker's Brief

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


Pulling on Spiritual Heart Strings Email Scam: Beware of an email scam from ‘donnamcinneslouise@gmail.com’ claiming that God led her to contact you to help distribute funds to charity as a dying wish was reported by a Laramie citizen. These types of emails are often money laundering scams. Never respond to unsolicited offers from people you don’t know, even if they quote the Bible and claim to want to support ‘orphanages and justice for the poor.’


Two PayPal Email Scams: Two PayPal email scams were reported by a Laramie Citizen.  The subject line on each reads: ‘Action Required.’ Both were sent from different email addresses ‘support@onlinepointbd.com’ and ‘support@adamsbusinessinternational.com,’ and both were spoofed as PayPal. One of the emails said, “In light of recent events (COVID-19), there have been more and more reports of suspicious activity from our customers. Our records confirm that some of your sensitive information has been compromised.” The second email was poorly written and stated “Your account needs to update some information for security reasons, our request to follow the instructions.” Both emails encourage you to provide your PayPal credentials.


Project Financing Scam: A Laramie citizen reported receiving an email offer to invest in a UAE company at a low interest loan rate of 2.5%. This is a scam. The email subject line is ‘PROJECT FINANCING,’ and was sent from ‘ay1030032@gmail.com.’ Interestingly, this email came to the citizen at 2:12 a.m.  Getting email offers in the middle of our night is often a warning sign.


Multiple Scams from newsletter@teckntech.com: A Laramie citizen reported receiving an email from ‘newsletter@teckntech.com,’ an address associated with scams claiming to be from the following companies or organizations: Obamacare registration, Renewal by Anderson, Bath & Shower Pros, Walmart, Life & Tech, Breathe Green, Sam’s Club, CVS, Smart Senior Savings, Netflix, 2Own.Rent, Amazon, Medicare, Capital One, and Choice Home Warranty. Please note that the citizen is also receiving the same offers from the email address ‘newsletter@getjitech.com.’


Amazon Order Canceled Scam: When you receive an email with the subject line of “Your Amazon Order Cancel…?” at 1:30 a.m. from a non-Amazon email address (newsletter@guidenhub.com), it is a scam. These are all warning signs that it is not real.


Scambusters.org Alert: If you are a customer of Chase Bank, watch out for a sneaky email masquerading as a notification about new log-in procedures. The Get Started link does not take you to Chase. In fact, Chase asks you forward any potentially phone emails to them at phishing@chase.com, but if you accidentally gave out account information, call your local Chase bank rep right away.


Even Irrigation Systems Need Security: According to an article by ZDNet, internet connected irrigation systems used for farming and municipal watering were found to be unsecured and still using the default username and password. If you connect it, protect it!  Check out the manufacturer’s website to learn how to change the default password.


CyberWyoming Advice – Wireless Printers – Change the Password: In reading about the irrigation systems, it occurred to us that most people don’t realize that wireless printers often have default user IDs and passwords that come with them. Be sure to check your printer’s manual or manufacturer’s website to see if your printer has a password that needs to be changed.


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, Apple products, and Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Reader.  If you use these products, make sure the software (or firmware) updated.


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.