FTC Cracks down on Tech Support Scams

The FTC recently released a report which showed there were 6 companies based out of India targeting PC owners in the US, Canada, Ireland, and the UK. They were attempting to convince the PC users that they were infected with a virus and then cocericed to pay a fee for the scammers to remove the virus.

The scammers were charging anywhere from $50 to $450 for this “removal” of the virus. When those unfortunate enough to agree to this fee paid it, they were directed to a download for remote access software which allowed the Indian call center to install a free set of utilities and prove they have “removed” the (non-existent) virus.

There were 6 cases launched against 31 corporate and individual defendants in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/10/pecon.shtm

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