Tips, tricks and scam alertsks (2024)

Keeping Scams at Bay, Aisle by Aisle: Cheyenne and Laramie residents noticed signs at their local Walmart with anti-scam advice, particularly warning against scammers coaching victims on what to say during financial transactions to bypass security questions. This information, though not yet confirmed by an authoritative source, is considered valuable for anti-scam materials. The signs advise customers to be cautious if someone is instructing them on how to respond during transactions, suggesting it could be a scam tactic.

Sirius Scam: A Laramie citizen recently reported a suspicious email claiming to be from Sirius XM, titled "Your SiriusXM Membership has Expired." The sender's email address was oddly named "SiriusXM Expiration" with a questionable domain, [Many random letters]@clipboardfrenzy.com. The email, presented as an image, stated that the recipient's subscription had expired and urged them to update their profile to renew it. It also offered a 90-day extension for free as part of a loyalty program. The citizen, who almost fell for the scam due to having a legitimate subscription expiring soon, wisely refrained from clicking the provided link and flagged the email as fake. They received yet another suspicious email purportedly from SiriusXM, with the subject line "Here's Your Chance to Save Big with SiriusXM: Subscribe For $2/Year." Unlike the previous scam email, this one had a different address but still raised doubts about its authenticity. The citizen expressed concern over whether SiriusXM's security might have been compromised, leading to these fraudulent emails. CyberWyoming Note: This incident underscores the importance of scrutinizing sender details and email content to avoid falling victim to phishing scams.

Lost in Translation: A Wyoming citizen received an unmistakable scam email with the subject "Very important and I Appreciate your Personality" from "Cyriapto Cyriap Inc." with the sender's address ending in "@azelsan.tr.com". The obviously untrustworthy content of this email stated: “Hello Greetings Dear [recipient's name], Hope you all are doing well? I am Mr. Agus, from Ukraine. Please accept my apologies if my request does not meet your personal ethics as it is not intended to cause you any embarrassment in whatever form. I was well convinced through my mind that you are a Business-Oriented Mysterious person, I really Appreciate your Personality. Please can we be friends and have a discussion about business transaction that can be of benefit to both of us? Very important I will unveil and explain the full business transaction details to your understanding once I receive your response." CyberWyoming Note: In this case, it is obvious this email is a scam because it is unmistakably odd with horrendous grammar.  However, it's always crucial to stay vigilant against any suspicious communications, never engaging or providing personal information, and reporting them immediately.

A “Prime” Phishing Attempt: A recipient reported a suspicious email with the subject line "Result Report Test - 3052242" supposedly from "Alerts | Prime's" but originating from a suspicious email address. Gmail flagged it as dangerous, warning about a suspicious link designed to steal personal information. The email also disabled attachment downloads, identifying it as phishing. The recipient recognized several of these red flags and reported it immediately. CyberWyoming Note: Always be cautious of emails from unfamiliar senders, especially those with generic or suspicious names. Never open attachments or click on links from unknown sources, as they could contain malware or lead to phishing scams.

Success in the Fight Against Cybercrime: The US Government has seized $5.25 million from six JPMorgan Chase bank accounts, alleging the money was stolen through a sophisticated fraud scheme. The US Justice Department's complaint states that a Massachusetts workers union was tricked into wiring $6.4 million to scammers after receiving a fraudulent email that appeared to be from their investment manager. The scammers then redirected some of the funds to cryptocurrency exchanges and other bank accounts. The DOJ claims the fraudsters used money mules to quickly move the funds between accounts to hide their origin. Prosecutors are seeking permanent forfeiture of the seized funds. This action underscores the serious threat of Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud and the potential for recovery when victims report such crimes.

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MS-ISAC and CISA Patch Now Alert: The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) or the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a patch now (update your software) alert for VMware Products. If you use any of these products, make sure the software (or firmware) is updated.

Data Breaches in the News:

Santander Bank, Life360 - Tile Tracker, Ascension, Truist Bank, Bay Bridge, Toshiba, Keytronic, Globe Life, and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD).

Note: If you have an account with any of these companies, be sure to change your password and consider placing a credit freeze on your accounts through the three credit reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax.

Please report scams you may experience to phishing@cyberwyoming.org to alert your friends and neighbors.

Other ways to report a scam:

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 a scam or fraud, called ReST. Visit www.aarp.org/fraudsupport to learn more about the free program and register.

Tips, tricks and scam alertsks (2024)

FAQs

How do I stop scam alerts? ›

If you're seeing annoying notifications from a website, turn off the permission:
  1. On your Android device, open Chrome .
  2. To change notifications, go to the site that you want to stop notifications from.
  3. At the top left, tap Page info. Permissions. ...
  4. Tap Notifications.
  5. Turn Show notifications off.

What happens if you answer a potential spam call? ›

If you unknowingly answer a spam call and engage with spammers, they know that your phone number is active and that you're willing to talk. As a result, they might target you with even more scam calls in attempts to defraud you.

Do you get more scam calls if you answer them? ›

If you accidentally answer a spam call, scammers know your number is connected to a real person and can target you with more spam calls. These targeted spam calls will try to trick you into giving up your personal information which allows cybercriminals to steal your money, your identity and even your voice.

How do I block all scam calls and texts? ›

The national Do Not Call list protects landline and wireless phone numbers. You can register your numbers on the national Do Not Call list at no cost by calling 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY). You must call from the phone number you wish to register. You can also register at donotcall.gov.

Is it better to ignore or decline spam calls? ›

Is it better to ignore or decline spam calls? It's better to ignore spam calls.

What happens if you press 2 on a spam call? ›

Robocalls sometimes prompt you to take action, such as “press 1 to speak to a live representative” or “press 2 to unsubscribe” and so on. By following instructions, you confirm to the robocallers that you are a potential victim and invite further robocalls. Try to avoid taking any action.

What happens if I answer a spam call and say hello? ›

You'll be targeted by even more scammers

So they'll keep calling you, sometimes from different phone numbers, trying to get you to answer again. They'll try different schemes, too, as they think you might be an easy target.

Can a spam call hack your phone? ›

Spam calls can't hack your phone, because signals from cellular service providers aren't able to hack phones themselves. But spam calls may try to trick you into giving up information, which is where the danger lies.

Does *61 block unwanted calls? ›

There is no universal number to block spam calls — it depends on your phone carrier. T-Mobile users can prevent robocalls for free by dialing #662# and turning on the Scam ID and Scam Block features. AT&T customers can block unwanted calls by dialing *61, or by dialing *60 on their landline.

Does blocking spam calls help? ›

Call blocking can help stop robocalls from scammers. But some robocalls might still get through. If you get an illegal robocall, hang up and don't call back. Don't press a number, which could lead to more robocalls.

How do I remove my number from the spam list? ›

You can also register at donotcall.gov. Telemarketers must remove your numbers from their call lists and stop calling you within 31 days from the date you register. Your numbers will remain on the list until you remove them or discontinue service – there is no need to re-register numbers.

How do I get rid of scam virus alerts? ›

FAQ: Fake Virus Warning Pop-Ups
  1. Close the pop-up or tab.
  2. Clear browsing data.
  3. Stop pop-ups in your browser (find out how in this article).
  4. Run an antivirus scan.
  5. Update your software.
  6. Enable a pop-up blocker in your browser, such as VeePN for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.
Sep 26, 2023

How do I stop getting so many scam texts? ›

While receiving spam is relatively inevitable these days, following these best practices can help limit the amount of spam you receive.
  1. Don't Reply To Spam Text Messages. ...
  2. Block the Sender. ...
  3. Forward Texts to 7726. ...
  4. Use Anti-Spam Apps. ...
  5. Protect Your Information. ...
  6. No Sender Information. ...
  7. Obscure Links. ...
  8. Grammatical Errors.
Oct 3, 2023

Why am I suddenly getting so many spam texts? ›

Why am I getting spam text messages? There are many ways spammers get hold of your cell phone number so they can send SMS spam and sales texts: They may use technology to generate numbers automatically — so even if you have a brand-new number, you can still receive both robocalls and robotexts.

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