Information for this week’s Hacker’s Brief is provided by CyberWyoming Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of CyberWyoming.
Sir Charles J Colocino from JFK International Airport Scam: A Sheridan citizen reported a scam email regarding an undelivered box of money from a Diplomat in the Benin Republic, supposedly coming to you. The email asks for personal information including name and address to see if your information matches the address on the ‘official documents.’ The email is from email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Greetings!” Sir Charles is supposedly the Assistant Inspection Director at JFK and even gives his phone number to call and text.
Social Security Administration Scam Call: A Laramie citizen reported a new, recorded Social Security Administration scam call. It said “A legal enforcement action has been filed on your social security number. If we don’t hear from you, your social security number will be blocked permanently. Press 1 to be connected to the agent in the concern department.”
SharePoint Scam Round Two: Another Wyoming business in Casper has reported the same SharePoint scam that was previously reported by a Boulder, Colorado business. The SharePoint logo and wording looks quite real, but if you look closely, Microsoft is not capitalized in the text. The email encourages you to download an Excel file called “Financial Reports and Cash Flow Statements.” Do not download anything in the email or click on any links. The subject line is “Shared document has been sent to you.” The email is from email@example.com.
Coca Cola is Not Sponsoring a Lottery: If you receive an email from Mr. David I. McKay, the President & CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, claiming that you won a lottery sponsored by Coca Cola, it is a scam. Mr. McKay tries to gain your trust by providing fake Royal Bank of Canada account details, but he wants you to purchase gift cards to send to him to receive your lottery winnings – a common scammer tactic as gift cards can’t be traced. Mr. McKay’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and the subject line is “Your Delivery Notification.” This scam was reported by a Sheridan County citizen.
New Medicare Fake Call: Last week, the Powell Senior Center reported phone calls from someone saying asking if ‘new Medicare cards’ had been received. This week, a Sheridan citizen reported the same call, but added to the information. The new (fake) Medicare cards are supposedly brown while the real ones are blue and white with a red stripe. CyberWyoming Note: It is amazing how scammers concoct fake half stories. Medicare card colors have not changed. Here is a link to what Medicare cards look like: https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/your-medicare-card.
Phone Scam Credit Card Interest Rate: A Laramie citizen reported a repeating ‘urgent’ call about reducing her credit card interest rate. This is a recorded call prevalent in Wyoming. Just hang up.
Windows Defender is Free: If you receive an email saying your Windows Defender antivirus software and firewall software is expiring and you need to renew it for $299, ignore it. Windows Defender is free and comes with your Windows 10 operating system. This scam was reported by an out-of-state citizen, but has also been reported by Wyoming citizens in the past, so it may be showing up again.
Money Flipping Alert: If you see an investment deal on social media that promises you a quick return on an investment, it is quite likely a money flipping scam. Scammers claim a sure-to-win investment with your money, but it is really a method to steal your money.
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 Microsoft (2 alerts), Google’s Chrome Browser, Juniper’s Junos, and Adobe (Photoshop, Digital Editions, Bridge, and RoboHelp) products. If you use these products, make sure the software (or firmware) is updated.
Data Breaches in the U.S. News: LogicGate, Clubhouse (audio chat app), Upstox (trading application), American Society for Clinical Pathology (credit cards only), Kentucky Unemployment Insurance, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Plan of District of Columbia, Belden (specialty networking solutions provider), Bricker & Eckler LLP (affected Michigan State University), Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance (affected Health Net Community Solutions, Health Net of California, California Health & Wellness, Health Net Life Insurance Company, Trinity Health, Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of California, UC Davis, Kroger, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Trillium Community Health Plan, and Nova Scotia Health Employees Pension Plan), LinkedIn, Facebook, Capital One, Netgain Technology (managed service provider), New York Foundling Organization (charity), Shell (employee information), DeKalb County School District (Georgia), Personal Touch Holding Corp (New York), Guns.com, Astoria Company LLC, Solairus Aviation, FBS (online trading), University of Colorado & University of Miami (patient information), Hobby Lobby, California State Controller, Flagstar (Michigan bank), Descartes Aljex Software, and Nifty Gateway. CyberWyoming Note: If a company that you work with is on this list, be sure to change your password to their online accounts.
Report scams 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