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Thousands of consumers allegedly have been tricked into paying for removal of bogus viruses and non-existent spyware.

Callers thought the India based tech support was legitimate help from Microsoft. It allowed scammers to remotely access the victims’ computers.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has launched a major international crackdown on tech support scams in which telemarketers in India masquerade as major computer companies. They trick consumers into believing that their computers are riddled with viruses, spyware and other malware, and then charge hundreds of dollars to remotely access and “fix” the consumers’ computers.

At the request of the FTC, a U.S. District Court Judge has ordered a halt to six alleged tech support scams pending further hearings, and the judge has frozen their assets.

Hmmm…

India’s fake Microsoft support,

Is really not what it purports.

It’s truly a scam,

Like Spam is real ham,

That’s what the FTC reports.

Comments on: "FTC Frowns on Fake Fixes" (2)

  1. Good for you. I never had that kind of call, but I called what I thought was HP support. I got a guy from India who told me I had to pay a hundred dollars to get the problem fixed. It was a three month old printer under warranty.I promptly hung up.The problem got resolved when I recycled it, turning it off and on.

  2. Heu! They called us, I started laughing when they tried to convince me. When I gave him his number he called me on, he panicked. I reported him his number to crime stoppers. I got a call back saying the company had been detained a few days later.

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