Court tells tech support scammers to pay up

A U.S. District Court recently ordered the operators of several international tech support scams to pay more than $5.1 million for convincing people that their computers were riddled with viruses and then charging for bogus support services.

We’ve written before about tech support scammers. They call and claim to work for well-known companies like Microsoft, Norton or McAfee. They say your computer is infected with malware and then ask for remote access so they can “fix” it. Or they place ads in online search results to trick you into calling them.

You might have gotten a call like this:

A 2012 FTC crackdown on tech support scams led to the recent court order. Unfortunately, new scammers pop up quickly. If you get an urgent call from someone who wants remote access to your computer, hang up and report it at

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Please make sure you get money from Spirit airlines its the biggest SCAM going start a class action with a minimum of $5,000 per person after lawyer fees. I am writing to all Federal Agencies involved with airlines. Thank you!


I receive such calls twice a month, for the last half year. At this point in time,
I will start to record/report all such phone calls, to include phone numbers,
And contact times.


I've had Rachel and all her Sisters call me about my credit card! Then I call Ohio AG and they told me they were scammers! Like Id give my CC # out to someone I don't know over the phone! So after yrs of telling these ppl to take me off their list bcuz I don't have a Credit Card they havnt called back for over a year now! Finally some relief from these crooks!

The above websites/companies, have the same modus operandi as Boost Software Inc & Vast Tech Support/OMG Tech Help, who are now shutdown by FTC and court order.
I request FTC to please undertake an investigation and find out what's going on, thanks and keep up the good work.

Systweak is a complete scam. The first step is to install malware to get you tall them for tech support. Then they will fix the "errors" in your computer and offer you complete computer security and support for what seem like a reasonable fee. Then every month they will call and ask you to download aayy to take control of your computer. Of course there is always more support services you need to buy that weren't included in the original package. Now they only do they owe me the $300.00 I paid for their "Tech support" but also a new computer. I went along with them until the third call. Then when I refused to give him my computer password he locked up my computer. I had to completely erase my drive and install a linix based operating system to get this computer to work at all.

The same thing is happening to me as we speak. Were you able to get your money back?

When we finally figured out they were scammers, they shut down our computers. They are harassing me, saying horrible things.They won't quit calling. They said we have a warrant for our arrest. Unbelievable

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