Hacker’s Brief

Hacker's Brief
Hacker's Brief

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

Extortion Phone Scam: A Big Horn resident reported receiving a phone call from Mr. Jason Hunt, who said he had been retained for mediation and multiple infractions involving the citizen’s name and social security number. The caller also said there was a pending summons to be delivered to her home and employer. She became suspicious, however, when the caller got her name wrong, which clued her into this being a scam. If you get a phone call like this, CyberWyoming suggests calling the AARP Fraud Watch Helpline at (877) 908-3360 or report it to the police department.

Amazon Fake Shipping Email: A Laramie citizen received an email from prateek5448agrawal@gmail.com spoofed as Order Update with the subject line “Purchase Status.” The email was addressed to “Dear User” and claimed that the citizen had ordered a Dell laptop for almost $3,000. Should you receive a similar email, do not clink on any of the links. Instead, check your orders on your Amazon account.

Federal Bank of Reserve of CA Is Not Offering You Scam Victim Recompense: A Sheridan citizen reported receiving a scam email from fedreservebank@gmail.com and sales@g-link.com.hk (Chairman George D Jones) with the subject line “Federal Reserve Bank of California.” The email claims that, as a scam victim, you are shortlisted to receive compensation via a wire transfer, but first you have to provide your personal information and purchase a $100 gift card from OffGamers, Sephora, Walmart, eBay, or Nike.  CyberWyoming advises that whenever anyone asks for gift cards, to view a check via a webcam or phone cam, or a wire transfer, it is a sure indication that it is a scam.

Vaccine Survey Scam Email: A Laramie citizen received an email, saying he had been selected for a vaccine survey. The email came from mjsiaulh@mjsiaulh.21281137.mjsiaulh.wa.gov.au and was spoofed as Covid-19 Vaccine with the subject “[Your name], your vaccine survey-81345.” The links were identified by the email provider as being malicious.

Norton Internet Security Expired Scam: Beware of emails with the subject line of “ATT [Name] Last Reminder: Your membership has expired” that supposedly was sent by Norton (an antivirus product), but really from 60165342951000.5333314@sjshire.wa.gov.au. The button to renew makes the email seem more innocuous by saying “Start Questionaire Now” (note incorrect spelling of ‘questionnaire.’) This email had very convincing graphics, but don’t click on any of the links as it is a scam.

McAfee Antivirus Protection Scam: Another Wyoming resident reported receiving an email with the subject line “Your McAfee Sub scription Has Expired” (yes, they left a space in subscription) from 03404825125.0677@sjshire.wa.gov.au. This email has very convincing graphics and wording, even claiming to have a 5-star rating from Trust Pilot.

Watchtrack Email Scam: A Laramie citizen reported an email scam with the subject line  “Congratulations! [Name], Exclusive Gadgets to Try in 2021” from tz6v1o57o@sjshire.wa.gov.au spoofed as Watchtrack. Watchtrack claims to be the next fitness watch, and although Watchtrack is a real product, the email is a scam. The graphics on this email were also very convincing, so be sure not to click on anything before deleting it.

UPS Fake Delivery Notice: Beware of emails claiming to be urgent notices from UPS that claim to expire soon. A Laramie citizen reported this email scam, which has been sent from kwry2syze@sjshire.wa.gov.au spoofed as UPS. This email was sent with a high importance level and offered the citizen an ‘exclusive reward’ for taking their survey. The graphics on this email also were very convincing, but do not click on any links as it is a scam.

Vaccination Card Picture Alert: If you get vaccinated and feel the need to share this news online, be sure not to hold up your vaccination card in the picture as it has your name and date of birth, which along with your photo is enough information to start a criminal down the path to stealing your identity.

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 Mozilla’s Firefox browser and Thunderbird products, Google’s Chrome Browser, and SonicWall SMA 100 Series products. 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.

Advice from CyberWyoming: Before you stress about a phone call, text, or email that you receive call the AARP Fraud Watch Network (any age welcome) Helpline at (877) 908-3360.

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