Hacker’s Brief | County 17 | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

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


Identity Theft Alert in Wyoming: A former employee and student of Northwest College, who now lives in southeast Wyoming and is gainfully employed, received a letter from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services which stated his unemployment claim had been denied. He also received a debit card in the forwarded mail to his new address. The individual stated that he has not worked for or attended Northwest College in 10 years and did not apply for unemployment. Although he put a lock on his credit, he said that he does not know where this data fraud may have come from.

Car Warranty Phone Scam: A Lovell citizen reported that once a week for the past couple of months he has been getting a ‘your car warranty has expired’ recorded call. The call comes from a local Lovell or Wyoming number and the number varies. The Wyoming resident decided to press 1 to talk to the live person and asked the representative, “What is the name of your company and what city are you calling from?” The fake customer service representative just hung up. One point to this Wyoming citizen!

Cryptocurrency Scammers Using COVID: Scambusters.org reported four different COVID-19 cryptocurrency scams. The first one is a phishing email that pretends to be from one of the big cryptocurrency exchanges and says that there is a coronavirus alert and that you need to log-in to get more information. But the link takes you to a fake log-in where the scammers steal your credentials and can drain your cryptocurrency account. The second is as scam asking for money for charities, the CDC or the WHO, where scammers ask for cryptocurrency donations to fight the pandemic. The third is where scammers claiming to have medical supplies and devices are sometimes asking for cryptocurrency and the last one is a scare tactic where scammers claim to have COVID-19, know where you live and threaten to infect your family if you don’t pay their cryptocurrency extortion demands.

Personalized Bitcoin Scam: Scammers are targeting worldwide bitcoin users with a realistic and extensive campaign. First, the victim receives a text message using the name of a recognized media outlet that contains a URL that demonstrates that the scammers already have your personal data (like your phone number, name and email address). If you click on the link, what looks like a new cryptocurrency investment platform with names and companies that you know appears. Media brands and celebrity names have been hijacked by fraudsters to blend this scam credentials. The website looks very realistic and is operating under different names like Crypto Cash, Bitcoin Rejoin, Bitcoin Supreme and Banking on Blockchain.

Twitter Business Accounts Breached: If you use Twitter for your business, consider changing your password.  The breach affected businesses that use Twitter’s advertising and analytics platforms.

FBI Alert about Business Email Compromise (BEC) during COVID: Scammers posing as existing clients of a company have researched the senior executives and message them posing as known suppliers saying invoices should be paid to a different account. CyberWyoming recommends always calling your vendors to confirm any financial account changes.

MS-ISAC Patch Now Alert: The Multi-States Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has issued a patch now (update your software) alert for Netgear products. Netgear makes network-attached storage devices, routers, switches, cable modems, DSL modems and webcams. The update is called a ‘firmware’ update. These devices do not normally update on their own, so check out the Netgear website, enter your model number, and download the user manual to determine how to do a firmware update, if needed.

Data Breaches in the News: LG Electronics, Xerox, LimeRoad (e-commerce fashion site based in India), DarkThrone, Efun, Fluek, Footters, HomeChef, JamesDelivery, KitchHike, KreditPlus, Minted, Playwings, Revelo, Tokopedia, Yotepresto, Zoosk, Maine Information & Analysis Center, and Twitter Business Accounts.

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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