Two Amazon Phone Scams Reported: A Laramie citizen reported receiving a recorded call from Daniel (with a woman’s voice) who claimed to be Amazon customer service, saying the citizen’s account had been charged $349.99 and that the transaction had been suspended. The caller quoted a fake invoice number and never said what product had supposedly been purchased. A Sheridan citizen also reported receiving a phone call from Amazon, saying $1099.99 had been charged to her credit card. If you receive a call like this, hang up and check your Amazon account via the online orders screen. These are scams 99% of the time. Here is information from Amazon.
Vehicle Warranty Department Phone Scam: This car warranty recorded scam phone calls are becoming increasingly popular, including in Gillette. One resident reported receiving a call from “Susie” with the “vehicle warranty department” calling from a faked Cody phone number this past week. Just hang up.
OneDrive Document Download Scam: A Casper citizen reported an email supposedly from Microsoft’s OneDrive, but it was actually from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “New File Received 18 Feb.” Do not click on the link.
Two Business Related Scams: A Boulder, Wyoming, and a Sheridan company reported an email with the subject line of “Payment ID: INV016174 16/02**” spoofed as the citizen’s own company, but really from email@example.com, claiming that a secured document (the invoice) has been shared with them via SharePoint. The email has stolen Microsoft’s and SharePoint’s logos. Be sure not to click on the files or links. Two additional emails were reported saying there was a voice mail the citizen needed to listen to via the email. The subject line was the telephone number and the attachment containing the voice mail was flagged as possible fraud by Google. The email was from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costco Exclusive Reward Scam: A Laramie citizen reported an email with the subject line of “Congratulations Costco Customer – [name] – open immediately!” The reward was sent via ‘high’ importance via email from info7Toi0TNgDgY@el-chiringuito-tv.com spoofed as Costco Holiday Reward. Oddly, the unsubscribe email address was claiming to be right next to the UPS store on Dewar Drive in Rock Springs and there isn’t a Costco in Rock Springs. This email had very convincing graphics and wording.
Qatar Petroleum Department Scam: A Sheridan citizen reported a scam email asking her to help her with a financial transaction of $60 million. The subject line is “Qatar Petroleum Department” and the email is from Mr. H.E. Ali Shareef Emadi at email@example.com.
Text Message from Siri Alert: A Lander citizen reported that Siri (iPhone assistant) told him that there was a new phone number for an acquaintance. The notification was sent via a text that said “Hey, it’s [name]…just as an FYI, this is my updated number.” Siri was turned off on the citizen’s phone. But, when the citizen called the acquaintance, the citizen found out that the acquaintance did indeed have a new phone number. However, neither the citizen’s or the acquaintance’s phone numbers were stored in their contacts. (CyberWyoming note: Just goes to show you that the cell phones know more about us than we want them to. Be really careful about your privacy settings.)
Economic Development Administration (EDA) Fraud Alert: EDA has become aware of a telephone/email scam in which the perpetrator claims that the victim has won an EDA award and needs to provide personal information and a processing fee to claim it. Please note that EDA does not provide grants or other forms of financial assistance or benefits (including unemployment benefits) to individuals and does not ask individuals to disclose personal information. In addition, EDA does not require applicants to submit a processing or other fee. EDA grants can only be obtained by following the procedures described in the Notices of Funding Opportunities.
Fake Calls from Amazon and Apple Alert: If you receive a recorded call from Amazon saying there is a suspicious purchase, lost package, or an order that can’t be filled, it is a scam. In addition, if you receive a recorded call saying there is suspicious activity in your Apple iCloud account, it is a scam. If you have doubts, hang up and contact Amazon and Apple directly either online or at their published support number.
Netflix Scam Alert: There is currently a scam making the rounds that claims to offer Netflix for free for a year, but it is actually an attempt to steal personal and financial information. The real Netflix is not behind this offer.
Family Emergency Scam Alert: If you receive a call or message from an out-of-town family member or friend claiming to be in an accident, arrested, or hospitalized, stop and check it out. Even if it sounds like your family member or friend, it may not be real. Call another friend or family member to be sure. The scammer will ask you not to verify, but always verify when money is involved. CyberWyoming suggests creating a family password.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.