New Scam Targets Seniors

Article provided by Danielle Hart, County 17 News, January 3, 2020
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A 63-year-old Gillette woman thought she was buying a custom car magnet to advertise for an energy drink company, only to realize she had been scammed out of $1,600.

The woman had responded to an email from an unknown scammer claiming to be “Chris” with VMP Energy Drink, according to Campbell Sheriff Scott Matheny. The scammer told her that if she sent $1,600 for the car magnet, she would receive that cash back in addition to another $1,000 for advertising the drink company on her vehicle, Matheny said.

She never received the magnet, but she did receive a check from the company for $2,600. When she tried to cash it, however, the bank informed her it was not valid.

To continue reading, please follow the link to County 17 News. https://county17.com/2020/01/03/new-scam-targets-seniors/

Other scams that have been reported this past week:

Here is a description of scams that have been reported to CyberWyoming in the last week.
1. Laramie – Calls are being spoofed for the local senior center. This means that the senior center’s name is coming up on caller id, but it is not the senior center calling. If you are asked for any personal information, hang up and call the senior center directly.
2. Verizon impersonation scam: Verizon (a fake Verizon) calls you saying there is suspicious activity on your account. The caller ID looks like it is coming from your own number, which is very commonplace for scammers. The person that calls you puts you on hold and transfers you to another person who acts like a very real customer service representative and supposedly looks up your information. Then they ask for your Verizon Pin number and within a few minutes they purchase iPhones. (Note that real Verizon employees will never ask you for your Pin number.) The scammer asks you to verify the purchase with your cell phone and say it is ‘normal.’ If you experience this, contact the Verizon Fraud Department at https://www.verizonwireless.com/fraud/.
3. Fake invoice scam: Coming from presorg03@gmail.com on behalf of someone you know. They are stealing someone else’s signature line that you may know and sending fake invoices. Below is a picture of the email.

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