#romancescams | Hacker’s Brief | County 17

This week’s Hacker’s Brief from CyberWyoming is sponsored by Campco Federal Credit Union.

Two Alerts from Laramie’s ACPE Federal Credit Union:Free trials are not always a free trial, and ACPE has seen a large amount of scams offering free trials, but the ‘really fine print’ gives you a very short time to cancel before you are stuck with a monthly bill. Second, women who live alone should be on the lookout for romance scams. ACPE has seen an increase in scams preying upon women during the pandemic. If your love interest is someone who asks for money, it may be a scam.

iCloud Does Not Call You: A Wyoming citizen reported a phone scam from fraudsters claiming they were from iCloud, saying that that her iCloud account had been compromised. They tried to scare her by saying “do not do your banking.”  This is a scam that has been around for over a year, but seems to reemerge about every three months. If you get a call like this, hang up and, if you are worried, call Apple support directly.

Fake Hardware Order Email Scam: A fake order email scam was reported by a Wyoming citizen with a fake subject line, saying “Your order has shipped (#[order number])” from admin@geoce.threports.com spoofed as customer service.  Of course, since you didn’t order the goods, they are hoping you will click on the link to their malicious websites, but the link does not go to a real hardware site but instead goes to http://aimexamet.com/1S0u086kzq1sg1w-2fpukk0zhq0043a826u600md1

Amazon Email Scam:  A Wyoming citizen reported a fake Amazon scam sent from csypjzmdphgbkj@e113oqrsp.sonice.net, spoofed as no-reply@amazon.com, with the subject line “Important Update.” The email is riddled with misspellings and incorrect grammar. For instance, it starts out as “Dear Costumer.” The email claims that Amazon’s service detected an invalid sign-in attempt from an odd location and tries to get you to click on a link to update your Amazon account information. Do not click on it.

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 WordPress File Manager Plugin (website development tool) product. If you use this product, make sure the software updated.

FTC Impersonators:  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not contacting consumers by phone, email or social media promoting the Global Empowerment Fund. This is a scam linking to a fake fund and the scammers ask for your banking information to supposedly give you money from the fund. The FTC will never ask for your bank account details.

FTC Alert Disaster Scams: With the hurricane season, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants you to know that fraudsters take advantage of disasters. If you donate to a disaster fund, be sure to donate to a well-known disaster fund charity.  CyberWyoming wants you to know that it is always a good idea to check out the ratings on charities at Charity Watch.

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.

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


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

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