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Know How to Protect Yourself Against Tech Support Scams

Tech support scams use scare tactics to trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support
services that supposedly fix contrived device, platform, or software problems.

These scams can use websites to lure you into contacting fake tech support. You may be
redirected to these websites automatically by malicious ads found in dubious sites (for
example, download locations for fake installers and pirated music or movies). The websites
typically use malware in the form of script files like JavaScript or HTML, which can display
various fake error messages. The malicious scripts can also put your browser on full screen and
spawn pop-up messages that won’t go away, essentially locking your browser.

Some tech support scam malware may also come in the form of executable files downloaded on
your PC, just like malware. Similarly, when executed, they may display fake error notifications
about your computer or software.

These fake error messages aim to trick you into calling an indicated technical support hotline.
Note that Microsoft error and warning messages never in
clude a phone number








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