Sir Charles J Colocino from JFK International Airport Scam:
A Sheridan citizen reported a scam email regarding an undelivered box of money from a Diplomat in the Benin Republic, supposedly coming to you. The email asks for personal information including name and address to see if your information matches the address on the ‘official documents’. The email is from firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with the subject line of “Greetings!” Sir Charles is supposedly the Assistant Inspection Director at JFK and even gives his phone number to call & text.
Social Security Administration Scam Call:
A Laramie citizen reported a new, recorded Social Security Administration scam call. It said “A legal enforcement action has been filed on your social security number. If we don’t hear from you, your social security number will be blocked permanently. Press 1 to be connected to the agent in the concern department.”
Sharepoint Scam Round Two:
Another Wyoming business in Casper has reported the same SharePoint scam that was reported by a Boulder, WY business. The SharePoint logo and wording looks quite real, but if you look closely, Microsoft is not capitalized in the text. The email encourages you to download an Excel file called “Financial Reports and Cash Flow Statements.” Do not download anything in the email or click on any links. The subject line is ““Shared document” has been sent to you.” The email si from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coca Cola is Not Sponsoring a Lottery:
If you receive an email from Mr. David I McKay, the President & CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, claiming that you won a lottery sponsored by Coca Cola, it is a scam. Mr. McKay tries to gain your trust by providing fake Royal Bank of Canada account details, but he wants you to purchase gift cards to send to him to receive your lottery winnings – a common scammer tactic as gift cards can’t be traced. Mr. McKay’s email address is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and the subject line is “Your Delivery Notification.” Reported by a Sheridan citizen.
New Medicare Fake Call:
Last week the Powell Senior Center reported phone calls from someone saying asking if ‘new Medicare cards’ had been received. This week a Sheridan citizen reported the same call, but added to the information. The new (fake) Medicare cards are supposedly brown while the real ones are blue & white with a red stripe. CyberWyoming Note: It is amazing how scammers concoct fake half stories. Medicare card colors have not changed. Here is a link to what Medicare cards look like: www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/your-medicare-card.
Phone Scam Credit Card Interest Rate:
A Laramie citizen reported a repeating ‘urgent’ call about reducing her credit card interest rate. This is a recorded call prevalent in Wyoming. Just hang up.
Windows Defender is Free:
If you receive an email saying your Windows Defender antivirus software and firewall software is expiring and you need to renew it for $299, ignore it. Windows Defender is free and comes with your Windows 10 operating system. Reported by an out-of-state citizen, but this scam has also been reported by Wyoming citizens in the past, so it may be showing up again.
Scambusters.org Money Flipping Alert:
If you see an investment deal on social media that promises you a quick return on an investment, it is quite likely a money flipping scam. Scammers claim a sure to win investment with your money, but it is really a method to steal your money.
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 Microsoft (2 alerts), Google’s Chrome Browser, Juniper’s Junos, and Adobe (Photoshop, Digital Editions, Bridge, and RoboHelp) products. If you use these products, make sure the software (or firmware) updated.
Data Breaches in the US News:
LogicGate, Clubhouse (audio chat app), Upstox (trading application), American Society for Clinical Pathology (credit cards only), Kentucky Unemployment Insurance, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Plan of District of Columbia, Belden (specialty networking solutions provider), Bricker & Eckler LLP (affected Michigan State University), Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance (affected Health Net Community Solutions, Health Net of California, California Health & Wellness, Health Net Life Insurance Company, Trinity Health, Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of California, UC Davis, Kroger, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Trillium Community Health Plan, and Nova Scotia Health Employees Pension Plan), LinkedIn, Facebook, Capital One, Netgain Technology (managed service provider), New York Foundling Organization (charity), Shell (employee information), DeKalb County School District (Georgia), Personal Touch Holding Corp (New York), Guns.com, Astoria Company LLC, Solairus Aviation, FBS (online trading), University of Colorado & University of Miami (patient information), Hobby Lobby, California State Controller, Flagstar (Michigan bank), Descartes Aljex Software, and Nifty Gateway.
If a company that you work with is on this list, be sure to change your password to their online accounts.
- Please report your scam to email@example.com to alert your friends and neighbors.
Other ways to report a scam:
- Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker: bbb.org/scamtracker/us/reportscam
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftccomplaintassistant.gov
- Report your scam to the FBI at www.ic3.gov/complaint
- Reported unwanted calls to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registration. Online at donotcall.gov/report.html or call 1-888-382-1222, option 3
- Office of the Inspector General: oig.ssa.gov
- AARP Fraud Watch Network (any age welcome) Helpline 877-908-3360
- IRS: report email scams impersonating the IRS to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the Wyoming Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) for assistance with potential Medicare fraud, abuse, or errors at 1 800 856-4398