Here's how the scam typically unfolds: You get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be with Microsoft or Windows tech support, who says viruses have been detected on your computer.
In order to protect your data, you are told to immediately call up a certain website and follow its instructions.
"Scammers use all this to create profiles for who they want to target," Nofziger says. According to Microsoft, in 2015 an estimated 3.3 million people — many of them seniors — were victimized by a tech-support con, at a total cost of $1.5 billion.
"Often they'll target older adults, who they perceive as holding the majority of wealth in this country." This just might be the biggest consumer scam in the U. That's one American duped out of an average $454 nearly every 10 seconds.
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