Tech support scams are nothing new, they have been around for years, in part because they are so easy and inexpensive. They are also shockingly effective, because they instantly create fear and offer resolution at the same time. Despite increased awareness in recent years, the scam is even more prevalent in 2018 then ever before. 86% of all tech support scams originate from West Africa or India. The support scammers make amazing money anyone’s standards. Averaging $1,000-$1,200 (USD) on an OK day, and up to $20,000 on a good day. The scam occurs when a criminal claims to be providing technical support in an effort to defraud unsuspecting internet users. Thousands of Americans have been exposed to the scam, which often appears as a pop-up ad with a number to call, that looks like a legitimate alert about a virus. In other cases, scammers contact people by phone or email, claiming they are from Microsoft, Apple or Google support. The scammer’s goal is to get people to call a toll-free number and virtually connect to the persons device. Once connected to the computer, they claim to discover a fake threat, at which point the tech support scammer starts pressuring the person to buy unnecessary repair services, service plans, potentially dangerous anti-virus protection or software, and other worthless and possibly harmful shit. If you’re online and get a pop-up window telling you to call a tech support number, don’t do it. If someone calls you and claims to be from Microsoft or any other company, don’t believe it. While these scams remain such a thriving industry in India, consumers in the US will be at risk. It’s more important than ever to be vigilant to such threats.