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How to Spot, Avoid and Report Tech Support Scams

Sooner or later, everyone needs computer tech support. Who knows this? Scammers. These criminals prey on your perceived vulnerability, and approach you any way they can—via e-mail, text, social media and even by phone to offer “tech support.” Chances are, if someone reaches out to you unsolicited in this way, they’re probably scammers.

Whatever phony reason they use, know that for sure if you engage with these swindlers, your money is at risk.

And if you are an older adult, your chances of being bamboozled this way are increased. According to the FBI, seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite. They also usually have financial savings, own a home and have good credit—all of which make them attractive to scammers.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides the following advice to consumers to help battle back against this all-too-common con.

Resources: The Federal Trade Commission