Hacker Briefing | District 17
Reply ASAP for claims: A Sheridan resident reported an email with the subject “GIFT” from Navarro Sandrine to [email protected] The only words in the phishing email were “Donate. Reply to complaints as soon as possible. ”Note on CyberWyoming: These are intended to arouse your interest and get you to respond so that the scammer can involve you in further discussions. Don’t take the bait.
Mr. Yan Family Fraud: If you get an email from [email protected] claiming to ask for help with a $ 18 million mutual fund, don’t reply. A Laramie citizen reported it as a fraud.
McAfee Order Email Fraud: A Laramie resident reported a McAfee Security Deluxe order note for $ 489.99 from Store_Invoice at [email protected] with the subject “Order ## Paid ###”. The resident indicated that she does not use McAfee anti-virus software and that the scammer forgot to proofread the invoice because the order was for the McAfee product, but also said, “If you need help with your Norton purchase need … “Norton and McAfee are separate products.
Pretending to be Amazon on the phone: A Wyoming resident reported two separate phone calls masquerading as Amazon. Both were supposedly supposed to confirm orders for a MacBook Pro and an iPhone 11. The scammer asks you to press 1 if you didn’t order the item. CyberWyoming Note: Just hang up. Pressing 1 will tell scammers that your phone number is active and you can be opened to other such calls. Also report the phone number to the FTC at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ or the non-call list at https://www.donotcall.gov/report.html.
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McAfee Order Confirmation Scam: Yes, the scammers misspelled the confirmation in the subject line of this email. A Sheridan resident reported a fraudulent renewal notice for McAfee Security Ultimate Plus, a product that does not exist. The email was from [email protected] and was spoofed as a support team.
Windows Defender is free with the Windows operating system: A Cheyenne resident reported a very well branded (even the Microsoft copyright symbol) fraudulent email confirming the purchase of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for $ 399. (Windows Defender is antivirus software that comes with the Windows operating system and is free of charge.) This citizen uses a Mac and for this reason identified the email as spoofed, several typos, and a strange greeting.
Paid for Drive Fraud: If you receive an email offering to pay $ 500 a week to drive around with a car wrap ad for a well-known product, it is a scam. The FTC has excellent documentation on these types of scams: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/12/wrapping-2020-more-car-wrap-scams. This scam requires a lot of personal information about you and you should send it to [email protected] The subject line of the email is “Please reply only if you are interested” and is from Bryan Anderson at [email protected] Reported by a Sheridan citizen.
Phone hacking warning: With the spy program called Pegasus in the messages that redirects incoming calls and SMS, the best way to protect yourself is to have a hard and unique password for your cellular account. Also, check your cell phone call forwarding settings. If it’s on and you haven’t set it, turn it off. Finally, you can also get an encryption application for your phone to mess up your data and voice messages. Main signs that your phone has been hacked: your battery needs charging more often, your phone is running very slowly or acting weird, there are apps you don’t have installed, background noise with every call, there is a drop in calls / Get text messages but your data bill is higher, or you discover your name on a social media site and haven’t posted, indicating that the hacker gained access to your online accounts from your phone.
FTC Notice – What To Do If You Think You Have Paid A Scam: Act quickly by contacting the bank, gift card, wire transfer, or credit card company and telling them that it is a fraudulent transaction. Because they will reverse the transaction and give you your money back.
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FTC Notice – 4 Signs It May Be a Scam: 1. Scammers often pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the government or a company they know and may even use a fake phone number that looks like it was from the organization. 2. Scammers often say there is a problem or you have won a prize. 3. Scammers pressure you to act immediately. 4. Scammers ask you to pay a certain way.
MS-ISAC patch now warning: The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has now released a patch warning (update your software) for Google’s Chrome browser, VMware vCenter Server, Microsoft’s Edge browser and SonicWall SMA 100 series products. When using these products, make sure that the software (or firmware) is updated.
You’re welcome Report fraud to warn your friends and neighbors.
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Victim Aid: The AARP Fraud Watch Network and Volunteers of America (VOA) have created a new, free program called ReST to provide emotional support to people affected by fraud or fraud. visit aarp.org/fraudsupport to learn more about the free program and to sign up.