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New tech support scam launches communication or phone call app

(Note: Our Tech support scams FAQ page has the latest info on this type of threat, including scammer tactics, fake error messages, and the latest scammer hotlines. You can also read our latest blog, Teaming up in the war on tech support scams.)   A new tech support scam technique streamlines the entire scam experience,...

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Links in phishing-like emails lead to tech support scam

Modern social engineering attacks use non-portable executable (PE) files like malicious scripts and macro-laced documents. Every month, Windows Defender AV detects non-PE threats on over 10 million machines. Learn how machine learning drives next-gen protection capabilities and cloud-based, real-time blocking of new and unknown threats: Machine learning vs. social engineering (Note: Our Tech support scams...

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Tech support scams persist with increasingly crafty techniques

(Note: Our Tech support scams FAQ page has the latest info on this type of threat, including scammer tactics, fake error messages, and the latest scammer hotlines. You can also read our latest blog, Teaming up in the war on tech support scams.)   Millions of users continue to encounter technical support scams. Data from...

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Breaking down a notably sophisticated tech support scam M.O.

(Note: Our Tech support scams FAQ page has the latest info on this type of threat, including scammer tactics, fake error messages, and the latest scammer hotlines. You can also read our latest blog, Teaming up in the war on tech support scams.)   The cornerstone of tech support scams is the deception that there...

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Beware of Hicurdismos: It’s a fake Microsoft Security Essentials installer that can lead to a support call scam

(Note: Our Tech support scams FAQ page has the latest info on this type of threat, including scammer tactics, fake error messages, and the latest scammer hotlines. You can also read our latest blog, Teaming up in the war on tech support scams.)   Wouldn’t it be a shame if, in trying to secure your...

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Report the Microsoft phone scam

An anonymous blog reader writes: “Someone keeps calling me every other week claiming to be from Microsoft tech support. They even gave me a number to call back. Can’t we report them?” Yes. Learn about how to report phone fraud in the United States. Outside of the US, contact your local authorities. Microsoft is aware...

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