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Author Topic: The Tech Support Scam  (Read 178 times)

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The Tech Support Scam
« on: April 10, 2018, 01:16:35 pm »
A big scam that hits lots of Windows users is fake Tech Support. My IT friend says she called a legitimate vendor for help (they sell tax software) and got directed by them to a bogus tech support number.  Another friend did something dumb and clicked on a bad link that said he had a virus and to call tech support at MS (with a bogus phone number helpfully provided).

This article says people lost over $120 million to this kind of scam in the last year -- http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/08/tech-support-scam-victims-lost-120-million-and-will-get-10-million-back/

Wow.  I had no idea this was such a huge problem. I'd never even heard of it until 3 people I know said they'd got hit over the past month or so. Nice time to avoid Windows if you can.

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Re: The Tech Support Scam
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2018, 01:45:57 pm »
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My IT friend says she called a legitimate vendor for help (they sell tax software) and got directed by them to a bogus tech support number. 

That's REALLY bad. Even  official product support can't tell a bogus support company.
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Re: The Tech Support Scam
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 03:13:33 pm »
LOL!!
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Re: The Tech Support Scam
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 03:59:09 pm »
People I worked with always used to get tech support calls from people posing as MS, but never got referred to a bad site by a valid software vendor.  That's a new low.