Federal Trade Commission Issues Scam Warning The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning customers not to fall for the latest scam hackers are attempting to execute. According to KWQC News, scam artists are calling customers, claiming to be from the FTC. The hackers claim to be issuing major refunds. But there is a catch. First, […]
Recently some scammers decided to turn their attention to finding PC Matic customers and attempting to trick them into allowing a remote session with the lure of a refund. In this blog we’ll go over how to dissect scam emails to help determine if they’re legitimate. There are a lot of flags that become apparent […]
Malicious Email Sent to PC Matic Customers Today our tech support team received a help desk ticket from one of our a diligent customers inquiring about the email below: They knew something wasn’t quite right, and our help desk team immediately knew it was a scam. PC Matic customers must be advised, this email is […]
Tech Scammers Call Offering Fraudulent Refunds There have been several reports lately regarding phone calls people have been receiving from individuals claiming to work for “a security company” who is going out of business. Therefore, they’re claiming this company owes the individual a refund. Although, we all know, there is no refund. They simply want […]
BEWARE: Scammers Post Fake PC Matic Phone Number This isn’t the first time scammers began targeting PC Matic users. In the middle of 2017, there was a scam going around where hackers would call PC Matic users claiming to be our support team. Now there is a website, www.pcmaticsupportnumber.com, that is scamming our customers into […]
Cyber Criminals Use Processor Vulnerabilities to Spread Malware Once security issues go global, cyber criminals tend to exploit them for their own gain. It happened with the global ransomware treats, NotPetya, BadRabbit and WannaCry. Hackers used fraudulent decryption keys to spread malware. Now, they’re using malicious Meltdown/Spectre “patches” to spread malware. According to Tech Republic, […]
Nigerian Prince Scam Traced Back to Louisiana According to The Huffington Post a Nigerian Prince scheme has been traced back to a Louisiana town. Scams such as these typically include asking people from around the world to help move “royal funds” out of the country — in this case, Nigeria. The scam asks for a fee […]
Scammers Use PC Matic Name to Lure Victims This isn’t the first time the PC Matic name has been associated with a scam. This time, scammers are using the name PCMaticPlus. They are using this to execute tech support scams. The scams may range from charging a ridiculous amount per minute to “fix” your computer, […]
Scammers Portray Charitable Giving for Hurricane Harvey Victims It’s unfortunate this article even has to be written. But it does. Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc throughout Texas, and it is clear the storm has not yet passed. It is now, when our country works together to bring some kind of peace to those victims. Often […]
Scammers Portray PC Matic A previous PC Matic customer recently posted a review on Facebook expressing frustrations that the PC Matic sales team was contacting her after her annual subscription had expired. The calls were occurring multiple times a day, as late as 10 p.m. First, PC Matic wants to assure all of its customers, […]
Never Ending Support Scam Window There you are, surfing the web and BOOM. You get the dreaded support scam scheme. Some may know what I’m referencing, some may not. For those who are unfamiliar, it is the pop up screen stating you must call “customer service” for technical support to get your computer “fixed”. However, […]
Proofpoint recently confirmed they found tutorials on the popular video streaming site, YouTube. The tutorials show how to set up phishing kits and start the scamming process. These videos have been hosted on YouTube for months. This is concerning because apparently YouTube does not have a monitoring system in place to moderate their videos. Therefore, […]
Tuesday evening I was targeted by a text message phishing attack. Here’s what tipped me off that it was fake, and how you can avoid being tricked in the future.
A new study released by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports two age groups who are more likely to be scammed than others…
Potential Scam Returns After Four Years…
On October 21st, the US Senate Special Committee on Aging took up the issue of Tech Support Scams.
You may not be aware that there is a scale of seven deadly vices connected to social engineering. The deadliest social engineering attacks are the ones that have the highest success rates, often approaching 100%. What is the secret of these attacks, how come they succeed so well?
A powerful diagnostic applicaton is being used to get cash from PC users.
What’s the weakest link in your security? You are! When you’re phone rings don’t believe anything you hear. That Microsoft employee your talking to could be eating sardines and swigging vodka while empties your bank account. This is big, very big. If you live in the US you have a one in seven chance of being contacted. Don’t be caught wondering what happened. Exercise the one precaution that can save your money.
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