Spam Email: Your IRS Data Require Immediate Action
Please be advised that we have been made aware of a spam alert currently underway that is using emails that appear to be related to the IRS. Do NOT click on any links within. The emails are not from the IRS.
Click here to view the email.
IC3 Issues Alert on CryptoWall Ransomware
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert warning that U.S. individuals and businesses are still at risk of CryptoWall ransomware fraud. Scam operators use ransomware—a type of malicious software—to infect a device and restrict access until a ransom fee is paid. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee files will be released.
Read more at the IC3 website.
New Bank Transfer Cyber Fraud
There is a new malware that waits until it recognizes that the user is navigating to a bank website and instantly creates a fake screen telling the user that the bank's site is having problems and to call a certain number. If users call that number, they get through to an English-speaking operator who already knows what bank the users think they are contacting. The operator then elicits the users' banking details and immediately starts a large wire transfer to take money out of the relevant account.
Fraudulent Websites Posing as Green Dot MoneyPak Customer Support
The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received numerous complaints reportingfraudulent websites posing as MoneyPak customer support; they found these website via search engines. MoneyPak is a non-reloadable,prepaid product offered by Green Dot.
Home Depot Payment Breach
Home Depot has disclosed that their payment systems had been breached.
Phishing Scam: Solidwall Bank
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has sent an alert saying that they have been informed that an entity titled "Solidwall Bank" is involved in a website spoofing and phishing scam. The entity has spoofed the website of a legitimate bank in Somerville, Massachusetts. If you receive emails from "Solidwall Bank" please do not open them or follow any links in the email.
Scams Targeting University Employees & Students
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is aware of various types of cyber-scams being targeted at universities, university employees and students. Please be cautious when you receive any email from someone you do not know.
Easter Holiday Phishing and Malware Campaigns
As Easter approaches please be mindful of potential emailsrelated to Easter that may contain malware or that could be phishing forpersonal information. Please be cautious when receiving the following:
- electronic greeting cards that may containmalware
- requests for charitable contributions that maybe phishing scams and may originate from illegitimate sources claiming to becharities
The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received reports of a telephone scam where fraudster claim that a relative is in some sort of trouble in another country and that you need to wire money to help your relative. The fraudsters may also pose as an attorney, law enforcement or some other type of official.
When receiving this type of call, remain calm and resist the pressure to act quickly. Try to contact your relative first to make sure this is legitimate and never wire money based on a request made by phone, email or text message.
IRS Phone Scam
Community Bank SMiShing Text
August 29, 2013
There have been reports of text messages from 903-431-3475 with the call back number of 920-968-7735. It is an automated system that requests full card number, expiration date and 3-digit code on the back of their card. Do not provide any information to these callers.
Medicare PhishingSeptember 5, 2013
We have had reports of phishing calls where the fraudsters are claiming to be from Medicare. They claim that they are issuing new cards and that the first part of the Medicare number is their bank’s routing number. Then they proceed to ask for your account number so they can complete the new card. Do not provide any information to these callers.
TurboTax Phishing Email
- Click here to view the email.
- Click here to read more on the FBI website.