How to Detect Tech Support Scams and Don’t Get Tricked By Scammers?
A huge number of events in our lives go online nowadays. We use computers and smartphones almost every day. That’s why they are the perfect ones for scammers! Fake tech support trickers want you to assume you have some danger concerning your computer. It can sound very trustworthy and reliable but in the end, it can turn out that you have been tricked by scammers. But how? Mostly, the “manager” will ask you to pay some amount of money to cover up tech support services or to pay for the installation of some app, to recommend you to put money on a gift card. Generally, scammers apply those sorts of payments that can be difficult to track or reverse.
Continue reading this article to know what are tech support scams, how to spot them, avoid them, and what to do if you have already been scammed.
What Is a Tech Support Fraud?
A tech support fraud is a kind of scamming activity that involves implementing deceiving actions concerning the victim to steal money or personal data by the usage of fake tech support numbers, accounts, fishing websites, scam emails, pop-ups, etc.
How to Spot Tech Support Scams Before It’s Too Late?
Fake tech help services apply various ways to deceive people. Recognizing these ways will help you dodge scammers and save your money and personal information.
Tech Support Scam Number
Scammers can call you and represent themself as official tech support managers. They will try to deceive you by saying your computer has a virus and their technician can help you to fix it. Mostly, to add some power to their words, scammers will tell you the name of a well-known company.
What can they say?
- That you should give them indirect access to the computer for making diagnostic tests and check-ups;
- That you should to transfer money or send money to the technician’s bank account for fixing your problem online;
- That they can send you their technician so he could fix it in your house.
How to avoid such scams?
Hang up a phone call from a person you didn’t suspect to receive it if someone says that your computer has faced a critical problem. Also, you can copy and put the number to the research panel on Google or any other research console to look for information about it.
Fake Tech Support Pop-up Warnings
Scamming pop-up warnings about viruses are the most common types of scams all over the world. A pop-up window that has opened on your computer screen can say that your computer has a virus or you become a victim of a scammer. Ironically, if you click on this pop-up and follow its link you will become a victim of a scam.
How to detect pc tech support scam?
Fake pop-up warnings look similar or almost the same as error messages from your operating system, your antivirus software but you should look closely at them. They can have logos from trusted brands but think twice do you install their apps. If you have never heard about the software system (even if it is famous) you should look at your collection of apps. Moreover, tech support pop-up scam text can ask you to phone the manager. Real ones will never ask you to do so.
Online tech support scams attempt to use Google Ads to promote their websites to show up in online search results. So then you are typing “tech support online” or “tech support software” you can accidentally get into a trap of trickers. Scammers may even have their ads online. So, tech support scammer websites are also regular stuff.
How to avoid them?
Eventually, the text of the ads or fake tech support websites will mention that you should call the phone number to find some assistance. We recommend you to search for well-known companies and have support from them.
What Actions Help to Detect Scammers?
There is a TOP-6 list of scammer’s tricks by knowing of each you can detect fraudsters easily. The following schemes are the most popular and infamous:
- The pop-up or advertisement can have a link that will send you to a fishing scamming website with a form of entering a credit card. Once you fill it scammers will have your personal information;
- A scamming phone call which ends with convincing you to tell the credit card information by the cover of making a bill for phony services;
- The scheme when fraudsters try to convince you to buy antivirus software (it can be available for free on the Internet or even do not exist);
- The next scamming scheme is about downloading scamming malware that is created to still sensitive information from your device;
- Giving indirect access to the device by the application of the program is also fraud;
- Try to register you in a useless computer support program or sell you a worthless warranty program.
How to Make a Report on Tech Support Scammers?
You are at the official website of 123 ChargeBack – the system the main of each to collect reports, share the real stories and recommendations to protect people from scams. Also, together with our partner, we will help you to restore justice! You can follow this link to make a report about your specific case.
We recommend you to read other articles about scams to be ready for their tricks!
What Else Is Important?
You should never be too trustful and pay attention to suspicious events in your online and offline being! Scammers are always fishing for new victims, especially for elderly people and retired ones! Stay safe and be smart! Only together we can defeat them. Thank you for reading and see you soon!
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