Watch out for new wrinkles in the tech support scam

From Consumer Affairs, “In Southwest Virginia, the Southwest Times reports police in the region are dealing with a variation of the tech support scam. In that scam, someone contacts victims and tells them their computer is infected with a virus, then sells them an expensive and unnecessary security program.

If the victim purchases a Walgreens Steam card and calls the number again, the scammer takes down the numbers on the card, then tells the victim the card is invalid — even though it works just fine.

The victim is told they can get a refund, if they make the same amount of purchase on an iTunes card. So the scammer ends up with $500 on a Walgreens Steam card and $500 on an iTunes card. The numbers are then sold on the black market.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advises that it’s a dead giveaway that you’re dealing with a scam if payment is required to be made with some kind of money card and not a credit card.”

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