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Tech Support Scams

Scammers often target elderly people via the Internet because they are less knowledgeable about the most recent technology, and therefore more susceptible to falling for scams. 

Fake tech support scams are a popular type. Fake tech support is a scam that involves someone pretending to be a technician, calling an individual or messaging them and asking for help. 

The individual may be asked for remote access or personal information.

It’s not just the elderly, though. Anyone can be a victim, whether they are a new or low-ranking employee or your CEO. Many scammers trick victims by asking for subtle but seemingly ordinary requests.

There are many types of frauds today:

  • Phishing scams are emails and messages sent fraudulently that seem to come from genuine sources. This is done to get individuals to provide personal information or to make payment
  • People are scammed by lottery and prize frauds when they are called to tell them that they have won a lot of money. However, the person must pay or give their personal details in order claim the prize.
  • Investor scams promise investors the chance of investing in low-risk schemes that have high returns, but they are actually scams.
  • Charitable scams: Individuals are asked to donate to an ill-fated charity.
  • Black market Scams: These are scammers who purchase data from hackers in order to con people.

Individuals should avoid unsolicited messages or phone calls, particularly those asking for financial information. Unsolicited calls and messages should be avoided. 

 You should also make sure that you keep your software up to date and secure any other devices to avoid hacking.

Individuals should also be alert to scams and avoid any promises that sound too good to be true.