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Have you ever been scammed by a tech support scam?


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#1 Jman005

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 05:15 PM

Hello everyone,

 

 

I was just wondering if anyone has been scammed and wants to share their experiences. If so, comment it below and try to spread the word.

 

 

 

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 05:29 PM

The only scam that is current are calls from "Microsoft" telling the victim that they have been alerted to a virus infection on the computer and they will help the victim clean his machine for a fee. These are always from India. My sister-in-law got one recently but was forewarned by me and she told the guy to go soak his head.

I have seen these scam websites appear near the top when a search is made for "computer help" or "virus help", etc.

Of course there are various independent brick & mortar shops that will overcharge, etc.


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 05:34 PM

Spread the word to who?
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Posted 03 March 2015 - 05:40 PM

Spread the word to who?

The forum. The more people that read the topic, the better :)



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Posted 03 March 2015 - 05:46 PM

Have you tried doing a forum search.

Your search for the term email scam returned 41 results


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 06:05 PM

Have you tried doing a forum search.
 

Your search for the term email scam returned 41 results

 

It's still a good thing to have a topic about sharing scam experiences.



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Posted 03 March 2015 - 08:30 PM

Well, I know that HowToGeek had their share of fun with these "technical support scammers".

http://www.howtogeek.com/180514/the-%E2%80%9Ctech-support%E2%80%9D-scammers-called-htg-so-we-had-fun-with-them/

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 08:43 PM


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 08:55 PM

What Happens When a Tech Support Scammer Cold Calls Emsisoft?

This has always made me laugh... probably because I know both the person that got called and the Emsisoft malware researcher taking it.

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 09:05 PM

I was called twice in the same week a few months ago and had some fun myself.
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Posted 03 March 2015 - 09:10 PM

The only time one of these scammers called there my mom took the call because I wasn't home. Then she told me in the evening. I was so dissapointed since I have a fully infected VM ready for them :( Hopefully they'll call me back one day when I'm there.

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 08:02 PM

The only time one of these scammers called there my mom took the call because I wasn't home. Then she told me in the evening. I was so dissapointed since I have a fully infected VM ready for them :( Hopefully they'll call me back one day when I'm there.

That sucks, especially if you had the VM specifically set up for them. An ISO wasted :(


Edited by Jman005, 04 March 2015 - 08:02 PM.


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 08:30 PM

myTech Help is the one I personally experienced. They purported to be Toshiba's support team and Toshiba flatly deny any relationship with them.



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Posted 04 March 2015 - 08:37 PM

Looks like there's already a Lawsuit against these people:

http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/4443-class-action-lawsuit-says-mytechhelp-commits-fraud/

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 07:35 AM

I've gotten the calls, I just start saying "Apu, is that you?"  (Apu from the SImpsons).  My dad got one (retired Bell Labs engineer) and started saying to them "I won a computer!!!  You're giving me a computer!!!" they finally hung up on him.


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