(The Hosting News) – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission nabbed a variety of Indian companies operating fake tech support services on Wednesday.
During their operation, the fake providers deceived consumers into thinking their computers had become infected with things like malware, spyware and viruses.
Consumers were contacted via telemarketing techniques and the fake tech companies insisted they could fix the problems remotely. Computer owners were ultimately convinced of the scheme after the fake tech support providers directed them to view files on their systems.
“The FTC has been aggressive – and successful – in its pursuit of tech support scams,” emphasized FTC Chairman Jon Liebowitz in a press release. “And the tech support scam artists we are talking about today have taken scareware to a whole other level of virtual mayhem,” he continued.
Scammers targeted English speaking users in countries including the U.S., the United Kingdom and Canada. To falsely demonstrate legitimacy, the companies insisted they were with top tech providers including Microsoft, Dell and more.
The case is being handled through a U.S. District Court and the entities were charged with violating the FTC Act.
The FTC routinely takes action against companies violating standard consumer protection laws. In May, the government agency worked to shut down a website marketing scheme in which those accused charged victims outrageous fees to run fake web ads – falsely promising they’d generate thousands in revenue.