Information for this week’s Hacker’s Brief is provided by CyberWyoming Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of CyberWyoming.
Mrs. Laura Renard/Dying Widow Giving Money to Charities Scam: A Laramie citizen reported another dying widow scam email heavy on the religious heartstrings. The email was from firstname.lastname@example.org and the subject line was “Donation Fund From Mrs. Laura Renard.”
Bitcoin Email Scam: A Sheridan citizen reported an email from email@example.com spoofed as “Bitcoin Manager” or firstname.lastname@example.org saying there was an incorrect transfer of bitcoin that should have gone to you and the Swedish Blockchain Office caught it. Do not give them your personal information. CyberWyoming Note: Wyoming is internationally known as a blockchain friendly environment, which means we get more scams about cryptocurrency and blockchain.
McAfee Impersonation to Gain User Credentials: A badly worded McAfee impersonation email saying your account is suspended was reported by a Sheridan citizen. Interestingly, the link redirects to Germany and the website landing page looks exactly like a Russian scam reported about two weeks ago. The email was from email@example.com spoofed as Warning-365. The first line in the email is “We noticed you left something in your subscription and didn’t want you to get vulnerable for any threats!”
Stewart Cameron Wants Your Project Details: A Laramie citizen reported a suspicious business-to-business email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Reaching Out!” Stewart requested project details from the business. Most reputable businesses do not email from yahoo accounts.
Financial Intelligence Department Doesn’t Exist in the US Treasury: If you receive an email from email@example.com or from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Attention Beneficiary” supposedly from the Financial Intelligence Department in the US State Department or US Treasury Department (the hackers just threw a bunch of different department names together), then it may be a good time to block country codes on your email settings or home cable modem or router. Visit the how to section of your email service or home networking equipment manufacturing to learn how. (The country code .jp is Japan’s country code.) Reported by a Sheridan citizen.
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 Fortinet’s FortiWeb and Microsoft’s Edge browser. If you use these products, make sure the software (or firmware) is updated.
Go Daddy Data Breach: If you or your business uses Go Daddy’s services for your website, be sure to go to the Go Daddy portal and change all of your passwords.
Please report scams to alert your friends and neighbors.
Other ways to report a scam:
- Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker: www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us/reportscam
- Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection (307) 777-6397, (800) 438-5799 or email@example.com
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/
- Report your scam to the FBI at https://www.ic3.gov/Home/FileComplaint
- Reported unwanted calls to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registration. Online at https://www.donotcall.gov/report.html or call 1 (888) 382-1222, option 3
- Office of the Inspector General: https://oig.ssa.gov/
- AARP Fraud Watch Network (any age welcome) Helpline (877) 908-3360
- IRS: report email scams impersonating the IRS to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the Wyoming Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) for assistance with potential Medicare fraud, abuse, or errors at 1 (800) 856-4398.
Victim Support: The AARP Fraud Watch Network and Volunteers of America (VOA) created a new, free program to provide emotional support for people impacted by scam or fraud, called ReST. Visit aarp.org/fraudsupport to learn more about the free program and register.