Last year, the FTC received nearly 143,000 reports of fraud by technical support. It has warned people against this kind of fraud for years. However, one piece of information in FTC's latest Consumer Protection Data Spotlight was an eye-opener.
Persons over the age of 60 were approximately five times rather than younger people that they lost money in this fraud. Although they were less the likelihood was that recent people claimed that they had lost money on many other types of scams.
The FTC has filed many cases against tech support scammers, including a recent one against elite IT.
With our law enforcement partners in the Ministry of Justice, other federal and state agencies and international colleagues, we fight for the protection of older adults. And this is all part of the biggest national fraud so far, focused on fraud in the area of technical assistance.
Visit ftc.gov/techsupportscams to see, hear and read how you can help those affected identify and avoid these scams. and get tips on what you can do if you've been cheated. Want a quick, shareable (and printable) snapshot to find fraud through technical support? Have a look at this infographic for technical support.
Need more incentive? Here is a compelling first hand account of how Donald Holmes of Arizona faced a fraud of technical support and what he did about it.