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FTC Frowns on Fake Fixes

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.


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.

And the winner is…

Sophos, a security software developer, reported so far this year India is the top spam-relaying country. It has sent 9.3 percent of spam. The U.S. has sent 8.3 percent.

FYI…I got every one of them.


India’s the top global spammer,

They often have trouble with grammar,

We get spammed every day,

No more, we all pray,

Don’t they know that spam has no glamour?

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