Microsoft's Legal Action Against Tech Support Scammers

It's common sense not to poke a sleeping bear with a stick. The bear may ignore it the first couple of times, but sooner or later, the beast will rouse itself and take care of business - in this example, you.

Tech Support scammers have long preyed upon computer users, but the sleeping Microsoft bear is sharpening it's legal claws in an attempt to at least slow these cretins down by going after "Omnitech Support", one of the alleged scammers.
Many of these technical support companies are able to gain victims’ trust by claiming they work for Microsoft, are a Microsoft Certified Partner or somehow affiliated with Microsoft. In some instances, once the tech scammer gains remote access to a consumer’s computer, they will use scare tactics — telling the consumer that if they do not pay for support services they will lose all of their files, suffer a computer crash, or risk the leak of personal identifiable information. Pop-up browser windows simulating virus-scanning software have fooled victims into either downloading a fake anti-virus program (at a substantial cost) or an actual virus that will open up whatever information is on the user’s computer to scammers.

Tech support scammers don’t discriminate; they will go after anyone, but not surprisingly senior citizens have been among the most vulnerable. According to the FBI (Fraud Target: Senior Citizens), senior citizens are often more trusting and con artists exploit these traits.

 Microsoft Blog


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