Tech Support Scam

  • by Cassie Richardson
  • Feb 23, 2017, 12:36 PM

A new scam is gaining popularity and causing computer owners to lose money and personal information. The scam usually starts with a phone call from someone claiming to be Tech Support from a well-known computer company such as Microsoft®. The caller claims that they detected a virus or malware on your computer and once they have gained your trust they may:

  • Convince you to allow them remote access to fix the problem and install software you don’t need and leave you and your computer vulnerable.
  • Try and enroll you in bogus warranty programs and service agreements.
  • Ask for credit card information so they can bill you outrageous amounts for the work they performed.
  • Trick you into installing malware so that they can steal your personal information.

If you get a call similar to this, hang up and call the company yourself at a valid number. As a general rule an incoming phone call that moves quickly to pressure tactics is most likely a scam. It is never a good idea to hand over control of your computer to someone who calls you uninitiated.

If you have responded to a scam similar to this, don’t panic and make sure to follow these steps:

  • Make sure to remove any malware that might have been installed by downloading legitimate security software. As it runs a scan make sure to delete any files it identifies as a security threat.
  • If you feel as though the caller may have obtained personal information. Visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) identity theft website @
  • Make sure to file a complaint with the FTC @