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November 26, 2016

Don’t Fall Victim to Tech Support Scams

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 15:02

Weekly I deal with these attacks on the computers of people around me. Please read and get familiar with the scams these people play. Protect yourself.

Hugs and Best Wishes,

Scottie

AARP Fraud Watch
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Don’t Fall Victim to Tech Support Scams

Dear Neil,

Phony calls, pop-up messages, the “blue screen of death.” Americans have lost over $1.5 billion to tech support scams.

How it Works:
Tech support scams can take various forms:

  • A scammer posing as an employee of a well-known tech company calls to say the victim’s computer is sending messages that it has a virus.
  • A victim sees a pop-up message on his screen claiming viruses are attacking the device. The message includes a phone number to call for assistance.
  • A victim’s screen freezes (known as the Blue Screen of Death) with a phone number and instructions to call a tech support company.
What You Should Know:
The scammer’s goal is to gain remote access to your device. Once this happens, he claims to find multiple viruses or “malware” that he can fix for a fee. The scammer then asks for a form of payment, usually a credit card or a wire transfer.
What You Should Do:
  • Avoid clicking on pop-up notices that say you have a problem with your computer.
  • If you get a tech support call out of the blue, hang up.
  • Never give control of your computer to someone who calls you.
  • Don’t give out your credit card number to someone who claims to be from tech support.
  • Don’t give a caller your password; legitimate companies will never ask for it.
  • Report scams like this to http://action.aarp.org/site/R?i=XmyCnHhRXY8QofH22wqjVwand let others know about it on our scam-tracking map.

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GET HELP:
If you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft or fraud, contact the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Center at 877-908-3360.
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6 Comments »

  1. We get those calls here. “Your windows machine has a virus” me: oh, that’s odd, I only have Apple machines! You should be ashamed of yourself. “Click”

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    Comment by heretherebespiders — November 26, 2016 @ 15:12

    • Thank you. I wish the older people here were not so trusting. I have had more calls than I care to remember for help with such stuff. It hurts me when people get scammed by these ….whatever they are. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — November 26, 2016 @ 15:22

      • Scumbags, who are also in desperate poverty and have to do terrible jobs to survive. But it still isn’t right. We had to warn hubby’s mam to not be taken in, too.

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by heretherebespiders — November 26, 2016 @ 15:40

      • Thank you. I have had people here in the park I live in who got taken. They lost a lot, most I can help, but the money I can’t get back for them. Many hugs, send a picture of grandmother. Would love it, maybe holding Lumi? Be well. Hugs

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        Comment by Scottie — November 26, 2016 @ 15:42

      • Grandmother?

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        Comment by heretherebespiders — November 26, 2016 @ 16:32

      • Sorry my mistake entirely, rushing here to do too much. I meant your husband’s mother. Hugs

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        Comment by Scottie — November 26, 2016 @ 17:20


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