Information for this week’s Hacker’s Brief is provided by CyberWyoming Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of CyberWyoming.
Sam’s Club Impersonation: A Laramie citizen reported another Sam’s Club order confirmation from email@example.com. This email raised suspicion because the citizen was not a Sam’s Club member and the email didn’t have order details in it. Instead, the email said Congratulations with the Sam’s Club logo and a link to click, implying it may be a gift card for Sam’s Club. The same Laramie citizen said that a very similarly styled email about an Amazon Gift Card order came from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impersonated Facebook Lottery Scam: If you receive a “Congratulations from Facebook!” notification from Facebook, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org saying that you are one of 20 lucky winners of a Facebook lottery based on a random selection of emails on Facebook, be assured it is a scam to get your personal information. Facebook, if you have an account, already has a lot of your personal information so it wouldn’t make sense that they ask for it again. This scam was reported by a Sheridan citizen.
Password Renewal Scam: A Sheridan company reported an email, coming from their own help desk (which they don’t have), as a password reset scam. The landing page, if you click on the link, shows their own company branding. However, if you look at the actual URL, it leads to an unrelated website. CyberWyoming note: Remember, you can hover over links in an email to see where they lead.
Stay Away From Social Media Quizzes: While they may look like fun, social media quizzes are notorious for being exploited by identity thieves. The quiz may ask you information like ‘what is your favorite food’ or ‘what is your pet’s name’ and the answers you provide could be used to hack your password reset or security questions.
FTC Alert Spotting Cryptocurrency Investment Scams: If you are in your 20’s or 30’s then, statistically, you have lost more money on investments scams than any other type of fraud and more than half of the losses ($35 million) were in cryptocurrency. The FTC recommends you 1. Research before you invest, 2. Be wary of guaranteed returns and big payout promises, 3. Beware of anyone who requires you to pay by cryptocurrency, wire transfer, or gift card.
Keto Diet Scam Alert: There are some outrageous claims and con tricks that surround any well-known trend and diets aren’t the exception. Some supplements to the Keto diet are completely fake. Be sure to check out the investigations on ketoreport.org, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, and the Better Business Bureau before you part with your money. Specifically, there was a supplement, supposedly advertised on the popular TV show Shark Tank, that was not credible. Both Keto Report and the BBB have debunked this rumor.
What’s App Scam Alert: There is a new What’s App scam spotted in Europe and it may propagate to the U.S. The message comes from someone you don’t know and says that they accidentally sent you a verification code and would you please forward it to them? But, what they have actually done is tried to get into your What’s App account and the verification code is the password reset confirmation to steal your account.
To alert friends and neighbors, report scams to email@example.com.
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