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Beware of fake calls from COVID-19 scammers, Metro Health warns | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

SAN ANTONIO – The Metropolitan Health District is warning people in an Antonio to be aware of scammers who are posing as contact tracers for the city and trying to […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Puppy scammers target prospective pet owners during coronavirus pandemic | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

But around the country, puppy scammers are hitting hard, the BBB said. Across North America, fraud in the industry is up, with pet scams accounting for more than 25% of […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Scammers Preying On COVID-19 Fears Becoming More Sophisticated, Better Business Bureau Warns – CBS Chicago | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

CHICAGO (CBS) — Scammers preying on the public’s fears about COVID-19 are becoming more sophisticated, the Better Business Bureau warns in a new study. In the study,  (BBB) found scammers […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Pasadena, L.A. County Officials Warn of Scammers Posing as Coronavirus Contact Tracers – Pasadena Now | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

Officials are warning the public about con artists who have been taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to try to trick Los Angeles County residents into giving up personal information […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Phone call scammers now preying on COVID-19 fears – North Delta Reporter | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

A new phone scam is taking advantage of fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The caller tells the victim they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Scammers using fake antibody test to steal information, FBI warns | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

Scammers have found yet another way to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, by selling fake antibody tests. A real antibody test will screen your blood for antibodies made when […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Opportunistic scammers are preying on coronavirus fears, warn West Yorkshire Police

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Numerous scams have emerged as criminals seek to take advantage of concerns ranging from how to reclaim money lost on holidays to financial support when schools close.

West Yorkshire Police, Action Fraud and others have been using their own social media channels to raise awareness of the tactics being used.

Ramona Senior, the head of West Yorkshire’s Economic Crime Unit, said her team was anticipating an influx in reports of such scams as fraudsters were very good at “diversifying”.

West Yorkshire Police are warning people about coronavirus scams Copyright: jpimedia

Investigators typically see seasonal scams tied into things like Christmas shopping, Hajj pilgrimages or HMRC tax return deadlines.

Tickets scams linked to big events like music festivals are another example of how the criminals will seek to exploit people using whatever is topical.

Ms Senior said fraudsters will also look at big talking points in the news like last year’s collapse of Thomas Cook, using emails, text messages and cold calling to try to lure in potential victims.

“They make up all sorts of things that sound legitimate at the time,” she said. “Everything that’s in the public eye, a news report about something that creates anxiety or people may lose money and want to protect themselves, is a bit of an opportunity for the fraudsters.”

The force’s Cybercrime Team has warned in recent days about the risk of downloading apps claiming to provide information on the spread of the virus, which are being used as a way to get malware onto people’s phones.

It also shared an image of a malicious website which is luring in people searching for coronavirus maps. Visiting the website infects the user’s phone or computer with malware, steals information and accesses sensitive data.

And within days of the news that the UK’s schools would be closing to everyone but the children of key workers, another scam has emerged.

One such email containing fake links and promising funding for families says that if your child’s school is closed and they are entitled to free school meals, then you should click on the link to send your bank details to the school.

Industry body UK Finance advised earlier this week that criminals were using publicity around coronavirus to “pose as genuine organisations, including banks, police officers, government, the World Health Organisation or other health service providers”.

Katy Worobec, managing director of economic crime at UK Finance, said: “We would urge the public to be vigilant against criminals using the publicity around the coronavirus as a chance to target their victims with fraudulent emails, phone calls, text messages or social media posts”.

The organisation said criminals have used coronavirus as a cover story to attempt to get victims to “disclose personal or financial information or click on links that may contain malware”.

Take Five, the national campaign led by UK Finance and others, is also advising people unable to take planned holidays to be wary as criminals may pose as travel companies or airlines.

It has urged anyone in that situation to contact the organisation they made their booking with directly to enquire about refunds.

Meanwhile, experts from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have revealed a range of attacks being perpetrated online as cyber criminals seek to exploit coronavirus, known officially as Covid-19.

Techniques seen since the start of the year include bogus ‘phishing’ emails with links claiming to have important updates, which once clicked on lead to devices being infected.

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As part of GCHQ created to keep the UK safe online, the NCSC has taken measures to automatically discover and remove malicious sites which serve phishing and malware. These sites use Covid-19 and coronavirus as a lure to make victims ‘click the link’.

Director of operations Paul Chichester said: “We know that cyber criminals are opportunistic and will look to exploit people’s fears, and this has undoubtedly been the case with the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our advice to the public is to follow our guidance, which includes everything from password advice to spotting suspect emails.

“In the event that someone does fall victim to a phishing attempt, they should look to report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible.”

Last month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of fraudulent emails sent by criminals posing as the WHO.

This followed a warning from the US Federal Trade Commission about scammers spreading phishing ‘clickbait’ via email and social media, as well as creating fraudulent websites to sell fake antiviral equipment.

Elsewhere, cyber criminals have impersonated the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), creating domain names similar to the CDC’s web address to request passwords and even bitcoin donations to fund a fake vaccine.

Individuals in the UK have also been targeted by coronavirus-themed phishing emails with infected attachments containing fictitious ‘safety measures.’

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Social Security Scammers Are Trying a New Trick

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Millions of seniors depend on their Social Security payments to help them cover their monthly bills, so if that money were to get diverted into the hands of fraudsters, they’d be in big trouble. Unfortunately, retirees are among the most common targets of financial scams — so much so that elder financial abuse has been called “the crime of the 21st century.”

A recent warning from the Social Security Administration (SSA) further drives home this point. The agency is alerting beneficiaries that — in addition to the previously common telephone scams — criminals are now faking documents and emailing them to their targets. Such documents may appear to come from the SSA and may include its official letterhead, which isn’t difficult to replicate. But complying with their instructions could result in a world of financial stress.

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How to spot a Social Security scam

Social Security scams aren’t always easy to identify, but among the first red flags to look out for in any questionable communication are poor spelling and improper  grammar. Though the agency is understaffed, it surely has room in its budget for someone to do some proofreading, so if you receive documents under its letterhead that look unprofessional, it’s fair to assume that a criminal is behind them.

Additionally, if you receive a letter that includes any of the following, you can bet it’s a scam:

  • Threats of jail time or legal action unless you pay a fine.
  • Promises of benefit increases.
  • Payment demands, particularly through wire transfer, internet currency, or cash.

If there is a problem with your Social Security account, the SSA will usually send you a letter by mail, not email. It won’t call you up out of the blue. And while you may, in some cases, be asked to make a payment, it will never be via the aforementioned forms.

If you do receive a letter from the SSA and you’re not sure it’s legitimate, call the agency back at its main number — (800) 772-1213 — and speak to a live person. And if you get an email that’s clearly suspicious, don’t just delete it — report it. The same holds true for phone scams. While you shouldn’t engage the person on the other end of the line, you should report the incident to the SSA. There’s a dedicated online form that makes that simple to do.

It’s also a good idea to create a “my Social Security” account on the SSA’s website so you can easily keep tabs on your own benefits. This is an especially wise move if you’re not ready to claim Social Security yet, but are at an age where you would be allowed to — i.e., 62 or older. If a criminal files a benefit claim on your behalf, your later legitimate application may get rejected. But if you’re following the activity on your account, you’ll be able to take action to counter the scammer sooner.

Remember, just because you’re savvy enough to avoid falling victim to a Social Security con doesn’t mean everyone is, so report criminals’ behavior when you spot it. You could be saving others from becoming victims later. But on the plus side, with age does come some wisdom. According to a recent Better Business Bureau survey, it’s millennials — not seniors — who are most likely to fall victim to financial scams. Those aged 18 to 24 were more than three times more likely than those 65 and over to lose money to such cons. So maybe you should warn your grandchildren.

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Weekly Threat Briefing: Colorado Town Wires Over $1 Million To BEC Scammers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The intelligence in this week’s iteration discuss the following threats: BabyShark, Fraud, Maze Ransomware, North Korea, POS malware, Ransomware, Rowhammer, Ryuk Ransomware, Thallium. The IOCs related to these stories are attached to the Community Threat Briefing and can be used to check your logs for potential malicious activity.

Figure 1 – IOC Summary Charts.  These charts summarize the IOCs attached to this magazine and provide a glimpse of the threats discussed.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Tips to help you outsmart scammers in 2020

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A new year, a new push to protect your privacy. Consumer First Alert wants to help you outsmart scammers in 2020. The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin has released its list of New Year’s Resolutions for a Consumer-Savvy 2020. Here’s the […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com