The FBI recently announced that US citizens lost over $100 million to romance scams between January 1 and July 31 in 2021.
To address this problem, the CyberWyoming Alliance recruited law enforcement officers from across the state to tell their stories which includes descriptions of real life examples in Wyoming communities of real estate, romance, and secret shopper scams.
Communities represented by the officers include Hot Springs County, Sheridan County, City of Casper, and City of Cheyenne. The panel is hosted by the Cybercrime Support Network and also includes the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and an AARP representative.
“Never be afraid to question the person you are on the phone with,” said Corporal Doug Sanders of Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office. Sanders teamed up with Sheridan County citizen Ryan Johnson to discuss a grandparents scam for the conference.
The Oct 6-8 conference is virtual, open to the public, and free to education and government. For the full agenda and to register for the conference, visit www.cyberwyoming.org/conference/.
October 6th’s theme is Misinformation Affects Us All featuring sessions like Healthcare Costs: Myths and Realities in Wyoming and Fake News at Home – Does Wyoming Really Exist? The healthcare costs panel is manned by Josh Hannes from the Wyoming Hospital Association, Senate Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss, Wyofile reporter Nick Reynolds, and Dr. Larry Kirven. Gillette’s Reporter Jake Goodrick reported on a QAnon theory that Wyoming doesn’t exist last year and will share some of his thoughts on misinformation in the news.
October 7th’s theme is Security, Our State & Nation featuring scam stories told by local law enforcement officers, protecting Wyoming’s critical infrastructure, and connecting Wyoming’s security to Russian threats. October 8th’s theme is Security is for Everyone featuring Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses winners, the latest research on cyberpsychology, new blockchain applications in Wyoming, and nonfungible tokens.