Tech support scam pops up in the Permian Basin

BBB and the Midland Police Department are warning residents of a tech support scam that tricks you into allowing  remote access of your computer. Here’s what’s happening. Residents are receiving phone calls from an alleged Dell technician with a foreign accent who claims there is a problem with their computer. The scammer then requests remote…

FTC warns against new twist of tech-support scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning the public on a new twist to the tech-support scam that tries to gain access to your computer by alleging to fix a computer virus. In this new version, the FTC claims consumers are receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the Global Privacy Enforcement Network. The person on…

BBB lists top 10 scams of 2014

Better Business Bureau hears from thousands of consumers and business owners every year about a variety of scams and frauds. Many are new twists on existing scams, but scammers get more sophisticated every year in how they spoof trusted names and fool consumers. Here are the most pervasive scams of 2014, based on our experience with…

FTC shuts down tech support scam operation

Watchyourbuck has warned in the past about scam calls from people pretending to be with Microsoft or other software companies. Your BBB even got a call from someone trying to pull that scam (We didn’t fall for it). If you give these scammers remote access to your computer, lots of bad things could happen–they could lock…

Tech support scammers hit with $51 million judgment

Ever get a call from out of the blue, offering to fix your computer remotely? Hang up! No matter who they say they work for (I had a call a few years ago from someone claiming to be a “Windows” employee) it’s a scam. If you let these scammers have remote access to your computer, they could…

Software refund switcheroo – new twist on the tech support scam

Has anyone else gotten one of those fake tech support calls? I’ve had at least a couple of those. Someone with a strong accent calls and pretends to work for “Windows” or Microsoft Tech Support or whatever, and tries to get you to give them remote access to your computer so they can fix a…

FTC wins settlement from bogus tech support operators

Maybe you’ve gotten one of these calls before: Someone calls out of the blue, claiming your computer is riddled with viruses and wanting to “fix” it remotely. The caller uses technical jargon that may or may not sound convincing, depending on how much you know about computers. I had one of those a few years…