Consumer Fraud Thieves Posing as Tech Support
With consumer fraud cases on the rise, it’s no surprise that scammers are trying every strategy in the playbook to secure personal information from others. One such trend nowadays is a string of so-called tech support calls requesting action to protect your computer.
The consumer fraud artists are posing as Microsoft and other tech industry employees, but a new effort may help stop similar attacks.
According to The New York Times, the Federal Trade Commission announced a multinational crackdown on these scams, in which a caller fools a consumer into believing Microsoft or a computer security company has discovered that a PC is infected with harmful software. The caller then offers to fix the computer on the spot for a price.
Once the scammer has remote access to your computer, he or she can install malicious software to syphon personal data. Six cases were recently named in Manhattan federal district court, and many victims likely don’t know of the invasive attacks until it’s too late.
Have you been a victim of consumer fraud? Call Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation regarding a consumer fraud lawsuit.