Internet search results for tech support often show misleading ads from companies that attempt to swindle your money

Filed under: Security,Tech Support - Jan 08 2014

Updated 8/26/14:

When you have a problem with your computer, printer or other technology device you may be tempted to search the internet to find a resolve for the problem. When you using Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. you will usually get search results from multiple advertisers that if contacted the person on the phone will attempt to scare you into paying lots of money for made-up non-existent computer problems.

This is similar to the phony telemarketing calls from Microsoft scam, but since you are initiating the call you are lead to believe that you have contacted the official tech support for the company that you searched for. We frequently get calls from clients who have been the victim of such scams, after paying several hundreds of dollars and giving their credit card number to an untrustworthy person.

Click the screenshots below to see examples of search results I found recently. As you will see there are plenty of ads and phone numbers listed from companies that will likely attempt to swindle you.

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The next time you have a tech support problem contact Computer Techs, a local trustworthy business who will give you honest advice and help you resolve your computer problems. We’ve been in business for over 10 years, and don’t charge clients for a quick phone call or email reply.

If you’ve been the victim of a tech support scam please contact us so that we can help you get your money back and check your computer for any malware or trojan software that the scammer may have left behind.

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