Microsoft Technical Support Scams

A PC tech scam refers to any class of telephone fraud activities in which a scammer claims to offer a legitimate technical support service through cold calls to unsuspecting users. These kinds of scams are mostly targeted at Microsoft Windows users due to the high number of users the operating system has all over the world. The origins of this scam go back as early as 2008. The primary country behind these scams is India via it's call centers which is why many users on various message boards across the internet often refer to it as "The Indian Tech Scam".

A scammer will typically attempt to get the victim to allow remote access to their computer. This is usually done by displaying a false virus warning web page made to look like an authentic Microsoft error page with a telephone number displayed. Should the victim call the phone number and allow remote access to his or her machine, the scammer will proceed to lock the victim out of the PC by using the "Syskey" feature (if one is using the Windows operating system) often without the victim's consent or knowledge. The victim will then be offered false technical support services which later results in the scammers charging very high fees to "clean" and "repair" the victim's PC. Payments for these bogus services are made and accepted through Credit/Debit Card, PayPal, Amazon Gift Cards or Apple Gift Cards. In the case of the gift cards, reputable companies like Apple and Microsoft do not accept them as payment nor would they ever ask for such a payment method.

Although the images tend to look authentic, they are actually harmless. The most obvious signs that these are scams are poor English grammar, spelling errors, non existent error messages and non existent error codes (eg. "Blue Screen Error, code: 000xxx145") With the recent inclusion of Windows Defender being made as a standard built in feature into the Windows operating system, Microsoft has not and will not call or display a phone number on a random internet webpage to their customers should their PC's have become infected with a virus. Anti-virus software today is also readily available with many companies like Avast, AVG etc... offering free antivirus software downloads from their respective websites.

We've compiled a beautiful little gallery for all of our visitors on some of the most common scam pages you'll see, ranging from the Windows operating system, to the mobile OS's like Android -- that's right. There's a version on Android as well! Even an iOS version exists! Although we've asked our visitors for help in regards to reporting these scam pages (and we thank you for your participation) we've now decided to take this matter into our own hands. We're currently reporting all of these scam pages to Google's Safe Browsing page. We're dedicated to giving you the best experience possible when browsing our site. We only ask that you read this article thoroughly and to remain safe online. Never call any of those phone numbers and never give away any personal information online. Avast and AVG offer great anti-virus software -- for free! Enjoy the gallery and thank you all for your continued support.

- Sentinel for Mediasurf.org (Posted on 10/29/2018)

The Windows version
Windows tablet/mobile version
The MacBook/iOS version
iOS mobile version
Android version.