Hacker’s Brief

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

 

Wilfred Goodluck is not giving out money: A Sheridan citizen reported a scam from revjohnsonh@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Contact Wilfred Goodluck’ {wgoodluck13@gmail.com}” to receive a payment of $2.5 million dollars from the European Union and United Nations Ad-Hoc Executive Committee on Lottery Winnings, Contract, and Inheritance Fund Payment. (Not a real committee.) They request that you provide your personal information (via a Google form) and send a $50 fee to obtain an insurance certificate from them to send the money. Do not respond; this is a scam.

 

A Gillette citizen reported a scam for a Nov. 21 - 22 crafter/vendor event, requesting vendors sign up for $70. The supposed venue, the Gillette American Legion, confirmed that there is not an event scheduled and that this is a scam.   The Facebook scammer’s page is 'Florence Mark Hillary,'

Craft Fair Scam on Facebook: A Gillette citizen reported a scam for a Nov. 21 – 22 crafter/vendor event, requesting vendors sign up for $70. The supposed venue, the Gillette American Legion, confirmed that there is not an event scheduled and that this is a scam.   The Facebook scammer’s page is ‘Florence Mark Hillary,’ who has also posted about another fake craft fair at the Cheyenne Civic Center for Dec. 5 – 6, as well as one in Pennsylvania.  The Gillette citizen did report this to authorities and Facebook.

 

Hello Dear Winner:  A Sheridan citizen reported receiving an email from filea887@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Hello Dear Winner,’ claiming to be from the BMW Lottery Department on 5th Avenue in New York. They claim that you will be rewarded with a cash prize and a car, but you have to pay for the delivery fee.  They ask for your personal information and to fill out a Google form. It’s a scam.

 

Chinese Writing is a Dead Giveaway:  A Sheridan citizen reported a Google forms scheme completely written in Chinese. When copied into Google Translate, the email references COVID and offers you a way to find foreign customers if you just fill out the Google form. Emails written in a foreign language with attachments or links should always be deleted.

 

Google Form Scheme from ‘Benin Republic’:  A money laundering scheme that asks for a lot of personal information was reported by a Sheridan citizen. The email was poorly worded and claims to need your signature to issue $7,500/day from a personal fund. They reference an attorney by name and ask you to wire half of the initial $7,500 payment by Western Union. A Google document is attached and should not be opened.

 

MS-ISAC Patch Now Alert: The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has published a patch now (update your software) alert Microsoft products, Google’s Chrome browser, Apple Products, and Mozilla Firefox. 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.