Everyone knows what tech support is: It's the department that updates and can often fix issues with phones, computers, tablets and other gadgets.
But scammers know that too and are now impersonating tech support centers more frequently.
It's become the newest scam on the market that can end up costing you. You should know, and warn others, about the top tech support scams of 2014.
Netflix Tech Support Email
The newest scam is said to be from Netflix.
It's an email message claiming your account is suspended and asks for customers to re-enter your credit card information.
The bright, red Netflix logo, along with other design features, is so convincing that many people think it's the real deal.
Verizon Tech Support Email
Another claims to be from Verizon Wireless. "Tech support" contacts you with a problem about your account, then sends you to a "Verizon54" website for help.
But "Verizon54" is a bogus site, set up by foreign scammers. It's authentic looking and fools many people into entering their phone and credit card numbers.
Microsoft Phone Call
The most common tech support scam, one we have been warning you about for a year: A phone call from someone claiming to be a Microsoft technician. He says, "We have done an online scan of your Windows system and want to alert you to some issues it has."
With this one, a caller will instruct you to log onto your computer, then shows you the "errors" that he can fix.
Many people are stunned to find this and then give their credit card number to have the technician fix their computer. CLICK HERE for an interview with a man who fell for it.
What you don't know is that all PC's have these same errors and that there is really nothing at all to fix.
Microsoft will never call you about a problem.
Doesn't That Stink?
So from the "doesn't that stink" file, why are these scams are so effective?
They know that millions of people have Microsoft PCs, Verizon phones and Netflix accounts.
And their mimics of webpages and logos are so effective that it looks real, which will have you saying "Doesn't that stink?" if you fall for it.
And it's a triple threat: Fall for it, and you'll be out money, your credit card will be compromised and your computer could end up with malware installed.
Remember: Be very suspicious of any calls or emails that claim to be from a company you do business with, whether its your bank, Verizon, Netflix, Microsoft and Apple.
Tell them you will do some homework, and will call them back, before you divulge any information.
That way you don't waste your money.
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