Yet Another Scam

Do you like coupons??

Have you been trying to figure out the perfect Mother’s Day gift without spending a fortune?? Maybe you’ve seen this coupon and thought that your mom would love to spend some time in the garden??
What could possibly be better than a coupon for “$50 off your next purchase” with no minimum purchase required?? Especially at Lowe’s! You could get all kinds of things for her there!
Well, we’re here to remind you that if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is! We are also here to let you know that this coupon circulating right here on Facebook is a PHISHING SCAM!! The “coupon” is actually a link to a FAKE Lowe’s website where you are asked to answer a survey that asks for your personal information. Here’s more information on this scam:

Apple is Discontinuing Select Subscriptions

Are you an Apple lover??

If you happen to be one of those people that has an Apple Music or iCloud membership then you’ve probably been having some trouble lately. It appears that subscribers have been receiving email notifications stating that their subscription for the account has been discontinued. The email does not seem to give any information as to why it is being discontinued though.

Apple quickly warned users via Twitter that it appears that some of these emails are actually a PHISHING SCAM!! (There’s that word we keep telling you about!!) Apple went back and forth with multiple users that were asking for help and clarification on Twitter offering links to their website about how to identify PHISHING emails and other scams.


The photo above is an example of the email users seem to be receiving about their memberships being stopped.

The link to the full story and comments from Apple Support is attached below. 🙂

As always, stay safe out there, and don’t click on anything you are unsure about!


Microsoft Users Beware

Dear users,

We are writing to inform all Microsoft® Office users of a new zero-day attack that installs malware onto fully patched systems running Microsoft’s operating system via an Office vulnerability. We recommend refraining from sending or opening any Word documents via email. Microsoft Office has a feature called “Protected View” that is enabled by default; however, you should double check your settings to make sure that this feature is turned on. If you do open a Word document and see this pop up, it’s a pretty good indicator that something is wrong.

In addition to being highly suspicious of any Word document that arrives in an email, there are a few other things we’d recommend that you consider:

– Warn your users, and let them know of the heightened risk related to this attack right now, so they’ll be better prepared if they receive an email with one of these attachments.

– Consider sharing documents through SecuriSync® instead, which can mitigate the risk.

– Within your email filtering solution, such as Intermedia Email Protection or our SolarWinds Mail Protection, consider temporarily putting a policy in place to block Word documents, just until Microsoft releases the patch.

– If you are managing your systems with Active Directory®, consider: Temporarily enabling the Group Policy Object (GPO) that disallows editing of flagged files. This means users will just have read-only protected view for any documents that Microsoft recognizes as unsafe.

– Within Trust Center, enable the GPO that uses File Block to block .rtf files, not even allowing for them to be opened in “Protected View”.

There is currently no patch for this bug; however, Microsoft is expected to release a fix within its next round of security updates. Be on the lookout for communications from Microsoft around this matter.

Contact East Bay IT today for a solution that fits your environment.

Stay safe out there!