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Tech Support Scams

Tech Support Scams

 

How tech support scams work


Tech Support Scams: Scammers may call you directly on your phone and pretend to be representatives of a software company. They might even spoof the caller ID so that it displays a legitimate support phone number from a trusted company. They can then ask you to install applications that give them remote access to your device. Using remote access, these experienced scammers can misrepresent normal system output as signs of problems.

Scammers might also initiate contact by displaying fake error messages on websites you visit, displaying support numbers and enticing you to call. They can also put your browser on full screen and display pop-up messages that won’t go away, essentially locking your browser. These fake error messages aim to trick you into calling an indicated technical support hotline.

When you engage with the scammers, they can offer fake solutions for your “problems” and ask for payment in the form of a one-time fee or subscription to a purported support service.

 

Some scammers call and claim to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft or Apple. Other scammers send pop-up messages that warn about computer problems. They say they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer. They claim to be “tech support” and will ask you to give them remote access to your computer. Eventually, they’ll diagnose a non-existent problem and ask you to pay for unnecessary – or even harmful – services.

If you get an unexpected pop-up, call, spam email or other urgent message about problems with your computer, stop. Don’t click on any links, don’t give control of your computer and don’t send any money.

How the Tech Support Scams Work

Scammers may call, place alarming pop-up messages on your computer, offer free “security” scans, or set up fake websites – all to convince you that your computer is infected. The scammers try to get you on the phone, and then work to convince you there’s a problem. Finally, they ask you to pay them to fix that non-existent problem.

Tech support scams often start with a pop-up that wants you to call now, or else... If you get an urgent message like this, don’t click, call, send money or give anyone control of your computer.

Tech Support Scams

To convince you that both the scammers and the problems are real, the scammers may:

  • pretend to be from a well-known company – like Microsoft or Apple
  • use lots of technical terms
  • ask you to get on your computer and open some files – and then tell you those files show a problem (when they don’t)

Then, once they’ve convinced you that your computer has a problem, the scammers might:

  • ask you to give them remote access to your computer – which lets them change your computer settings so your computer is vulnerable to attack
  • trick you into installing malware that gives them access to your computer and sensitive data, like user names and passwords
  • try to sell you software that’s worthless, or that you could get elsewhere for free
  • try to enroll you in a worthless computer maintenance or warranty program
  • ask for credit card information so they can bill you for phony services, or services you could get elsewhere for free
  • direct you to websites and ask you to enter your credit card number and other personal information

These scammers want to get your money, access to your computer, or both. But there are things you can do to stop them.

If You Get a Call or Pop-Up

  • If you get an unexpected or urgent call from someone who claims to be tech support, hang up. It’s not a real call. And don’t rely on caller ID to prove who a caller is. Criminals can make caller ID seem like they’re calling from a legitimate company or a local number.
  • If you get a pop-up message that tells you to call tech support, ignore it. There are legitimate pop-ups from your security software to do things like update your operating system. But do not call a number that pops up on your screen in a warning about a computer problem.
  • If you’re concerned about your computer, call your security software company directly – but don’t use the phone number in the pop-up or on caller ID. Instead, look for the company’s contact information online, or on a software package or your receipt.
  • Never share passwords or give control of your computer to anyone who contacts you.

If You Were Scammed

  • Get rid of malware. Update or download legitimate security software and scan your computer. Delete anything the software says is a problem.
  • Change any passwords that you shared with someone. Change the passwords on every account that uses passwords you shared.
  • If you paid for bogus services with a credit card, call your credit card company and ask to reverse the charges. Check your statements for any charges you didn’t make, and ask to reverse those, too. Report it to ftc.gov/complaint.

How to protect against tech support scams


First, be sure to follow these tips on how to keep your computer secure.

It is also important to keep the following in mind:

  • Microsoft does not send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information, or to provide technical support to fix your computer.
  • Any communication with Microsoft has to be initiated by you.
  • If a notification appears with a phone number, don’t call the number. Error and warning messages from Microsoft never include a phone number.
  • Download software only from official Microsoft partner websites or the Microsoft Store. Be wary of downloading software from third-party sites, as some of them might have been modified without the author’s knowledge to bundle support scam malware and other threats.
  • Use Microsoft Edge when browsing the internet. It blocks known support scam sites using Windows Defender SmartScreen (which is also used by Internet Explorer). Furthermore, Microsoft Edge can stop pop-up dialog loops used by these sites.
  • Turn on Windows Security real-time antivirus protection in Windows 10. It detects and removes known support scam malware.
  • Microsoft technical support will never ask that you pay for support in the form of Bitcoin or gift cards.

Refund Scams

If you paid for tech support services, and you later get a call about a refund, that call is probably also a scam. Don’t give the person any personal or financial information.

The refund scam works like this: Several months after a purchase, someone calls to ask if you were happy with the service. If you say “No”, the scammer offers a refund. Or, the caller says the company is going out of business and giving refunds. The scammer eventually asks for your bank or credit card account number, or asks for access to your bank account to make a deposit. But instead of putting money in your account, the scammer takes money from your account.

If you get a call like this, hang up, and report it: ftc.gov/complaint.

 

Let us help you secure your accounts today, contact Kauffs Marketing at 561-775-0735

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One of the frustrations about SEO is having the responsibility for a client’s online success without having the control over everything that is required to make them successful. Get a handful of SEO professionals and digital marketers in a room and you’ll likely hear this as their number one complaint. Clients expect their web marketers to drive new business and traffic, while at the same time they won’t do what’s necessary to achieve those results.

 

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Remember when I said earlier that having responsibility for success without the resources was digital marketing complaint number one? Well, that complaint almost always starts with this one item here. And this is one thing that I never quite understood. If you are paying a marketer to help you grow your business, and they tell you that you need to do X, Y, and Z… Why aren’t you doing X, Y, and Z?

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There’s a very good reason why websites have evolved from the early 2000’s phase of low-res images, flashing banners, and garish colour combinations (aside from being an affront to every principle of design known to man).
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It’s a natural expectation among today’s populace that your business should have some kind of web presence. After all, what would be your initial reaction to someone telling you about some new business or product? You’d probably Google it.
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Okay, so you have your new website. It presents a greater opportunity for people to find you. It also presents a way for you to start marketing your business from the very beginning. As a successful business, you want every asset of your company geared towards furthering your reach, sales, and impact. Your website has the opportunity to function as a digital shopfront, and in accordance with your business, should present a searcher with the ability to learn more about you and become interested in what you have to offer. A solid inbound marketing setup will not only help you to bring interested people to your website, but also keep them there, and convert them into highly invested customers.

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Want to know something cool and frightening at the same time? According to CEB, 57% of the purchase decision is complete before a customer calls a supplier. This is a huge game-changer, because it means that without a plan, there’s a whole lot of potential business that you stand to lose. Your online presence should meet the needs of a searcher, and present them with information relevant to where they’re at in the decision-making process, helping them to come to the logical decision that you’re a business worth their time and money.

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Did you know that a fish will only grow as large as its environment allows it to? In the same way, the growth of your business, particularly if a large portion of it is online, is limited by the capabilities of your website. An updated website will get you more business, expanding your reach and support of visitors, converting them to leads and customers. Incorporating an inbound marketing strategy into your updated website will not only allow you to reach more people, but also capture their attention, converting them into valuable leads and eventually high-quality customers.

 

At Kauffs Web Design, we can help your business grow by utilizing the following protocols to boost your business:

 

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Kauffs Web Design

3587 Northlake Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403

Office: 561.775.3278

E: mark@kauffs.com

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At Kauffs Web Design, the year 2016 was a time of real growth in a number of ways. Our list of clients grew, our team of dedicated staff members grew and our product offerings grew. Let’s whet your appetite for what’s coming in 2017 –

 

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and of course, incredibly feature-rich and mind-blowing Website Design….

 

Kauffs Web Design is a Digital Marketing Agency in Palm Beach Gardens that is a creative firm dedicated to providing exceptional result driven solutions to get your business ahead of the game. Our diverse skill set and experience allows us to tailor our services to meet your business needs.

 

Give us a call today at 561.775.3278

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Mark S. Bennett

Kauffs Web Design

3587 Northlake Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403

Office: 561.775.3278

Cell:     (561) 644.6772

E: mark@kauffs.com

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