5 Types of Tech Scams to Watch Out For

As technology advances, new types of scams are emerging, posing significant risks to your computer and network systems. The scammers are very tactful and can use any means to gain access to your computer. That’s why you should know all types of scams.

What kind of scams should you know of on your devices?

Tech scammers can disguise themselves as tech support staff to convince you that your computer system has a problem, like a virus. If you believe the tricks, they will ask you to pay them to fix the issue that actually doesn’t exist.

Here are some of the more common types of tech scams you should watch out for: Click To Tweet
  1. Tech Support Scams
  2. IRS or Government Scams
  3. Foreign Money Exchange Scams
  4. Phone Call Scams
  5. Online Ad Scams & Pop-Ups

1) Tech Support Scams

When working on your computer or smartphone, you may see pop-up warnings on the screen claiming that your device has a virus or an error they can fix. They will ask for access to your device and pay them. Finally, they will steal your personal information.

2) IRS or Government Scams

A scammer may impersonate an IRS agent and ask you to pay all the taxes you owe before they send the police to arrest you. They’ll suggest the payment method you must use. To stay safe, visit the official IRS website to verify the phone number calling you.

3) Foreign Money Exchange Scams

In this case, the scammer purports to be a government minister or a business person who wants to send some money from a foreign country through your bank account. If you fall into the trap, they will ask you to pay some fees to complete the transaction.

4) Phone Call Scams

As the name suggests, these scams happen over phone calls when a tech support scammer calls and pretends to repair computers. So, they’ll lie to have found a problem with your computer, then ask for remote access to fix the computer after paying them.

5) Online Ad Scams & Pop-Ups

Tech support scammers with websites always configure them to show on the search results page as tech support providers. They always post their phone number hoping you’ll call them for help. A pop-up window can also appear on your screen to lure you.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Scams

Now that you know the types of scams used by most tech support scammers, you need to protect your business from the scams. If a tech scammer contacts you, don’t hesitate to report the fraud to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). That way, you will stay safe.

Secure Your Personal Information Today 

The best way to protect yourself from all types of scams is by securing your computer systems and networks. Also, you must always verify any person or source claiming to offer tech support services. That will help you secure your personal information.

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