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Tech Support Scams: What are They and How do I Stay Safe? | Cell Phone Spy and Mobile Tracking Software
If you read this blog regularly you're no doubt aware that cyber-criminals are a determined bunch, with a large range of tools and tactics at their disposal to rob you of your identity and hard-earned cash. Tech support scams (TSS) are an increasingly popular way for them to do just this. In 2017, Microsoft Customer Support Services received 153,000 reports from customers around the world who encountered or fell victim to these scams, a 24 percent increase on the year previous. Many lost hundreds of dollars in the process. Yet the real scale of the problem is likely to be many times bigger. If you're still unsure what tech support scams are, and how you can protect yourself, this handy guide will tell you everything you need to know. What types of tech support scam are there? Tech support scams target users of any devices, platforms and software and can involve a variety of tactics. Typically, they include both an online element and/or a phone call with the scammer, who pretends to be