Tech Scammers

Scammers are using fake tech support pages to steal thousands from unsuspecting users

By on May 10, 2016 at 3:26 PM.

Scammers are using fake tech support pages to steal thousands from unsuspecting users

While most topics in the tech world tend to engender impassioned debate, there’s one issue that everyone can unanimously agree on: tech scammers who prey on and take advantage of unsuspecting Internet users are the scourge of the earth. And while most people are familiar with scams that rely upon adware or ransomware, scammers have recently started using a new strategy that’s as clever as it is loathsome.

According to Malwarebytes Labs, a group of scammers who call themselves ‘Tech Kangroos’ have started putting up tech support webpages designed to look nearly identical to webpages from known software companies. In turn, when unsuspecting users undertake to seek out tech support help via search engines like Google or Bing, they’re naturally tricked into clicking on fraudulent websites. In short order, users are coerced and manipulated into paying hundreds of dollars for non-existent tech support.

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