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.
Do Not Call – They will try to convince your PC is infected and to pay hundreds of dollars to remove infection.
These scams are generally a “popup”, normal pop-up’s you can easily close them.
They post fake ad’s – example – while your playing a game, you click on a advertisement of interest
next 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/
In March, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released a similar report saying it had seen complaints rise even higher—by 86 percent to around 11,000, with damages totaling nearly $15 million. The IC3 also added that as the number of scammers has increased, criminals’ tactics have also evolved, from posing as tech support to pretending to be law enforcement or government officials who are trying to recover losses incurred by support fraud schemes.
So what can you do about it? First, remember that almost any legitimate tech support agent will not contact you unsolicited, and especially not by phone. Also, try to avoid clicking on any suspicious links, and when navigating to sites where you might be entering potentially sensitive materials (like a bank or credit card portal), go to those sites directly by typing their URL into your web browser rather than clicking on links that might have appeared in your email. And if you’re still concerned, check out the IC3’s list of tips on how to stay safe, and what you should do if you do encounter a scam.
The internet is like the wild wild west, If in doubt, don’t open it!!