Leipzig, Germany, April 18, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- As many people unquestioningly trust the instructions of tech-savvy staff, a whole industry of scammers dedicated their business practices to mislead consumers by passing themselves off as technical support staff of major companies. Through random phone calls the deception of a great number of consumers starts. For protection against fraud attempts the tellows anti-spam community warns and informs consumers all over the world and has encouraged users to share information about spam methods.
What tellows found here is much more than just some scattered instances of unsolicited phone calls, it leads to a huge scamming business that bothers people not only in the US but in all English-speaking countries. Tellows already reported on this scam method last year on the UK Blog (http://blog.tellows.co.uk/2012/10/great-success-against-pc-doctor-scammers/) The calls that are mentioned are mostly having the same goal. Callers, pretending to be working for e.g. Microsoft or Windows technical support, are giving aggressive warnings that the computer is infected with numerous malware, viruses and other infected files. The only help is apparently the caller itself who can rightaway fix all problems on the PC and delete the infections, which he will show, is very urgent and necessary. What sounds like a nice support offer for inexperienced users is in fact highly developed deceptive business practice. While the consumers think that the support team will fix the allegedly detected problems they allow them to remotely access their computer and what is equally worse, charge tremendous sums of money for this “support” and additional software. (Source: http://ftc.gov/opa/2012/10/pecon.shtm)
The obviously profitable random cold calls are being made by numerous companies, such as Pecon Software, Finmaestros LLC, Zeal IT Solutions or Virtual PC Solutions, mostly located in India. While this scamming has been going on for years now, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last year finally reported a huge crackdown on these boiler room enterprises that where scamming consumers in large amounts. Nevertheless the calls are still being made and as a matter of fact, the FTC is not as successful in hindering the scammers as they want to be, since the US laws don’t apply to Indian companies adequately. (Source: http://ftc.gov/opa/2012/10/pecon.shtm)
One of the solutions for however not becoming a victim of tech support scamming is obviously being leery of incoming calls. Microsoft itself offers some necessary hints (http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx). In addition, platforms like http://www.tellows.com provide their users with information about suspicious phone numbers. The huge database of untrustworthy callers on Tellows makes it easier to decide which calls to take and which ones to ignore completely. The Tellows community has been warning and informing consumers about fraudulent phone numbers in about 20 countries and has encouraged users worldwide to share information about criminal phone spam methods.
As the list is not anywhere near complete, users are more than welcome to extend it by evaluating phone numbers and commenting on scammers on Tellows. http://www.tellows.com/
The tellows anti-spam website is available in about 20 countries in their respective languages and encourages users worlwide to share information about criminal phone spam methods. The phone number community makes it possible for consumers to enter comments on numbers, besides others, on www.tellows.de, www.tellows.com, www.tellows.co.uk, www.tellows.co.nz, www.tellows.fr, www.tellows.es and www.tellows.it. In this way, Tellows shall prevent consumers from being deceived.