The FTC just stepped in to take down a huge scam. This wasn't just any scam, it was an entire business built on fake "tech support" calls taking money out of victims' pockets. The New York-based Pairsys, Inc., stole nearly $2.5 million selling elder customers products and apps that they didn't need.
Now I'm sure that you're as tired of getting cold called as I am, but I think that this latest scam is creepily clever. So clever, in fact, that I think you need to understand exactly what these criminals did. I don't want any single one of you to become the next scam statistic. Here's how the scam worked:
Employees of Pairsys would pose as representatives for tech heavy-hitters like Microsoft, Facebook or Apple and try to pressure them into giving them remote access to a victim's PC. From there, the scammer could easily trick his or her mark into believing that something was "wrong" with their computer (i.e., using remote access to hide important files or changing desktop background).
The scammer, of course, would offer a fix. The cost for their "services," according to Consumerist, would range from around $149 to $600 with a full suite of "extras" that the scammers would bleed out of customers.