Pirate’s Memory | County 17
Respond as soon as possible for complaints: A citizen of Sheridan reported an email with the subject line “GIFT” from Navarro Sandrine to [email protected] The only words in the phishing email were “Don. Respond as soon as possible to complaints. CyberWyoming Note: These are meant to pique your interest and get you to respond so the scammer can engage you in further conversations. Don’t bite the hook.
Mr. Yan’s Family Scam: If you receive an email from [email protected] claiming to be asking for your help with an $ 18 million investment fund, don’t respond. A citizen of Laramie reported it as a scam.
McAfee Order Email Scam: A citizen of Laramie reported a McAfee Security Deluxe order notice for $ 489.99 from Store_Invoice to [email protected] with the subject line of “Order ## Paid ###”. The citizen pointed out that she had not used McAfee’s antivirus software and that the scammer forgot to reread the invoice because the order was for McAfee’s product, but also said “If you need help regarding your Norton purchase… ”Norton and McAfee are separate products.
Impersonate Amazon on the phone: A Wyoming citizen reported two different phone calls masquerading as Amazon. Both were supposed to confirm orders for a MacBook Pro and an iPhone 11. The scammer tells you to press 1 if you haven’t ordered the item. CyberWyoming Note: Just hang up. Pressing 1 tells scammers that your phone number is active and may open you up to more calls like this. Also report the phone number to the FTC at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ or the do not call list at https://www.donotcall.gov/report.html.
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McAfee Order Confirmation Scam: Yes, the crooks misspelled the confirmation in the subject line of this email. A Sheridan citizen reported a fraudulent renewal notice for McAfee Security Ultimate Plus, a product that does not exist. The email came from spoofed [email protected] as the support team.
Windows Defender is free with the Windows operating system: A Cheyenne Citizen reported a very good branded fraudulent email (even bearing the Microsoft copyright symbol) confirming the order of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for $ 399. (Windows Defender is antivirus software that comes with the Windows operating system and at no additional cost.) This citizen is using a Mac and identified the email as bogus due to it, several typos, and a strange greeting.
Paid to drive scam: If you receive an email offering to pay yourself $ 500 / week to drive around with advertising car wrap 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 wants a lot of personal information from you, and you are supposed to send it to [email protected] The subject line of the email is “Please reply only if interested” and it is from Bryan Anderson at [email protected] Reported by a citizen of Sheridan.
Phone hacking alert: With the spy program called Pegasus in the news recently hijacking incoming calls and text messages, the best way to protect yourself is to have a hard, unique password for your cell service account. Additionally, check your cell phone’s call forwarding settings. If it’s on and you haven’t configured it, turn it off. Finally, you can also get an encryption app for your phone to scramble your data and voicemail messages. Main signs that your phone has been hacked: your battery needs to be recharged more often, your phone is running very slow or behaving strangely, there are apps you haven’t installed, background noise every time call, there is a drop in the number of calls / sms you get but your data bill is higher, or you spot your name on a social networking site and you haven’t posted there stating that the hacker gained access to your online accounts from your phone.
FTC Tips – What to do if you think you’ve paid a scammer: Act quickly by contacting the bank, gift card, wire transfer, or credit card company and inform them that this was a fraudulent transaction. Like them to cancel the transaction and give you your money back.
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FTC Tips – 4 Signs It Is A Scam: 1. Scammers often claim to contact you on behalf of the government or a company you know and may even use a fake phone number that appears to be from the organization. 2. Scammers often say that there is a problem or that you have won a prize. 3. The crooks urge you to act immediately. 4. Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way.
MS-ISAC Patch Now Alert: The Multistate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has issued a patch alert now (update your software) for Google Chrome Browser, VMware vCenter Server, Microsoft Edge Browser, and SonicWall SMA 100 Series products. If you are using these products, make sure the software (or firmware) is updated.
Please report scams to alert your friends and neighbors.
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Victim Support: The AARP Fraud Watch Network and Volunteers of America (VOA) have created a new free program to provide emotional support to those affected by a scam or fraud, called ReST. Visit aarp.org/fraudsupport to learn more about the free program and to register.