Tech Support Scam

1244 reports /
Unresolved

Microsoft scam

  • by: Marie
  • #944
  • Feb 1, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $400
They called on my office computer which is XP told me that it was getting notice of virus-it's old and no longer supported by Microsoft. Ran scan told me I had Trojans from my email and that it affect my other computers, they ran scan locked out of my computers until I bought programs for them to download. I am sure there was never a problems and the scammed me. Call back again told me they were hacked closed down my computers again told me to send them $1600.
Names reported:
Mr. Robinson, Robert Reid
Phones reported:
845-940-4591, 615-614-7007
Web/emails reported:
office365partner.jimdo.com
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

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Unresolved

Accessible for about 2 month than no more answering of phone

  • by: hanna1
  • #982
  • Feb 2, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $249.99
i subscribed for computer tech support for one year. in august and my credit card was charged. When I was unable to reach them, I disputed the charge, because they had used voyage as billing comp and I had signed up to wirebrainz. I have not been able to reach any phone number but the credit card validated their charge. what can i do??
Also reported:
Wirebrainz.com dba voyage services, [email protected]
Phones reported:
877-932-5518, 855-371-3600
Web/emails reported:
www.wirebrainz.com, www.pctechline.co, [email protected], www.voyserv.com
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Windows Security scam

  • by: nedjensen
  • #990
  • Feb 2, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $60
Caller said he worked for Microsoft Windows and they had an alert from my computer saying it had over 3,000 errors and he would find the cause and help me fix it. He asked me to type a couple of things and he took control of my PC. He said my Windows security software had expired and must pay $249 for a 3 year subscription. I refused and he said he had orders from Windows to disable my PC and he did. I paid a friend $25 to fix it.
Also reported:
True-Tech
Phones reported:
855-601-0002, 607-223-5230
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Computer Scam Phone Call

  • by: DarleneJR
  • #992
  • Feb 2, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
We receive constant calls from the telephone #above.
Everything in your article: foreign accent; warning our computer has been tampered with and has a virus; not giving a name or the name of his company, etc. applies. We try and see the tel. # and not pick up, but occasionally have answered quickly and there that person is. I'd like to know how to block that weird telephone #, too!
Phones reported:
123-456-7890
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Someone tried to scam me

  • by: lannygot
  • #1017
  • Feb 3, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Person with a very bad foreign accent called me saying he was from Microsoft saying he would like to take over my computer as I was scammed I would not let him do this, but if you give me a phone number that I can give him the next time he calls you should have a good chance of catching him.
Phones reported:
884 577-1246, 201 948-1102
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Computer Malware

  • by: Christopher_J_F_Rodgers
  • #1115
  • Feb 6, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $180
This is scam.

They did not call, but rather, this was the phone number on a computer popup generated by a malware program that my friend somehow got installed on his Windows 7 64-bit computer.

There were two different numbers, in fact
1 888 755 6582
1 844 780 6784

When my friend called,
the scammer claimed to be a Microsoft technician and wanted to charge $180 to fix the problem.

Thankfully my friend did not give anybank account nor credit card information.

Thankfully my friend called me.

The computer's "Task Manager" showed about five different processes (I do not remember their exact names) grouped all together, named something like...

gt_ast???
g2a_???

..I should have saved a screenshot, or recorded the exact names...

I RIGHT-clicked one of those processes, and clicked "Open file location"

It was in the folder "GoToAssistant" (if I am remembering it exactly and correctly) and that was at

C:\Program Files\GoToAssistant

...or it might have been

C:\Program Files (x86)\GoToAssistant

One of those two... for sure, on his 64-bit Windows 7 computer.

That lead me to believe I could uninstall it with the Window 7 "Control Panel" item
"Program and Features".
(which back in the Windows XP days
was the "Control Panel" item
"Add/Remove Programs"

I uninstalled the program using the computer's Microsoft Windows "Control Panel" option
"Programs and Features".

I found it in the list of installed programs as
"GoToAssistant".

I click once on that line to highlight it.

Then I clicked the button at the top of the list, a button labeled "Uninstall".

My friend also had several 'toolbars' in the "Programs and Features" list which I uninstalled, although I do not know if those were related to the GoToAssistant installation.

I also had to open each of his browsers, "Firefox" and "Internet Explorer", and disable a couple of toolbars there.

I wish I knew of the best way to report these $#%'ers so that the would do jail time.

If you have been scammed in this fashion, I know it is embarrassing, but please report it to the police or other authority, so that the immensity of your problem gets put into the public record.

Your report might be the one that finally gets the authorities on the ball.

I wish you all the best, and my heart goes out to you.

- Christopher James Francis Rodgers
Phones reported:
888-755-6582, 844-780-6784
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.