Learn how to spot, avoid, and protect yourself from the worst tech support scams.
Your PC has been infected. To remove the viruses, call Tech Support now.
What could be worse than seeing this menacing message across your screen? Don’t fall for it. These “warnings” are part of prevalent online scams giving scammers and hackers remote access to your computer. In 2017, the FTC received more than 150,000 reports about these scams.
Tech support scams prey on unwitting victims by using scare tactics. They trick victims into believing their computer has been infected by malware; and that their only recourse is to pay for unnecessary technical support services that will supposedly fix the affected computer, device, platform, or software problem.
Tech support scams take many forms. But the five most common ones are phone scams, web scams, pop-up messages, email scams, and online ads. Here’s how to spot them:
This pop-up message scam once plagued Windows users only, but now targets Mac customers as well.