One of the oldest and comeback to life, scam is the “Tech Support Scam”
A pop up “ALERT” or “WARNING” or “DANGER” will appear on your screen, “you have a virus or malware” and to call Microsoft Technical Support Immediately,
usually an 800 number is displayed with a warning “Don’t Turn Off Your Computer” or you will lost your data.
If you call them – They will try to convince you your PC is infected and to pay hundreds of dollars to protect your PC
These scams are actually a “popup”, usually pop-up’s you can click on the “X” and close them.
the most common ways’s they get you, when your playing a game and click on a advertisement of interest
next thing you screen is taken over by a WARNING pop up claiming to be Microsoft and your PC is infected – Do not shutdown and to call xxx.xxx.xxx.
- Companies like Microsoft don’t call and ask for access to your computer. If you get a call like that, it’s a scam.
- Real companies also won’t ask for your account passwords. Only scammers do.
- Tech support scammers try to convince you they’re legitimate. They’ll pretend to know about a problem on your computer.
- They’ll ask you to open normal files that look alarming to make you think you need help.
- DO NOT GIVE ANYBODY YOUR PASSWORDS OR ALLOW THEM ACCESS TO YOUR COMPUTER!! unless your 100% sure they are who they state they are.
If you accidentally grant them access to your PC, they can install malware, access your personal files, bank account info, personal passwords, yes, even your credit card info and social security. Contact OccHosting for assistance if you believe you been hacked – https://www.OccSupport.com, as a OccHosting customer, we will gladly scan your PC for malware and virus and remove them.
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Report the scam to https://ftc.gov/complaint — https://www.OccHosting.com/malware/