Several call centres duping Microsoft Windows users busted in Delhi: Check how they operated; fraud companies' list
A recent crackdown by Delhi police on several fraud call centres in Delhi has revealed enough proof for computer users - be it of Apple of Microsoft - to be extra vigilant while buying any tech support service online.
Using a computer? Have you ever received a pop-up on the desktop claiming your system has been compromised or hit by a malware, and that you need to get an update? Well, beware! That popup could be sent by a fraudster to dupe you of hard-earned money.
A recent crackdown by Delhi police on several fraud call centres in Delhi has revealed enough proof for computer users - be it of Apple oo Microsoft - to be extra vigilant while buying any tech support service online. Never, respond to popups on your desktops blindly. Verify the authenticity of the source of the message. Always purchase the authentic software. If a support is required, contact the official service providers.
The police have exposed a number of illegal call centres that were engaged in targeting Microsoft Windows. Police said the fraudsters used to fraudulently pop up a message on the users' screen that their systems were affected by malware and compromised. "In lieu of their bogus services, they charged anywhere between USD 100-500 from the victims of the fraud," police said.
Police have busted 10 fraud call centres in Rohini Sector-7, Janakpuri, Dwarka Mod, Kirti Nagar, Moti Nagar, Hari Nagar, Mahipalpur, Shahdara and Okhla Phase-II. The fraud companies were identified as ABS World Pro Click, Rise Solutions, Pegasus, Printer Tech, Instant PCCare, Pc Patchers Technology Pvt. Ltd. ABS World, Pro Click services, ACS (Electronics and Telecom e-Service), PAG Service private Ltd., Star Enterprises, Techheracles, C-Zone.
As many as 24 persons have been arrested in connection with the widespread fraud. Police also recovered incriminating evidence in the form of cheques from customers in the name of Microsoft Tech support, call recordings, virtual dialers, Microsoft Tech support training material, call log transcripts detailing the conversation with victims of fraud and payment gateway records, servers.
The criminals used to contact victims through cold-calling, internet search engine advertising and web browser pop-up messages.
After establishing contact with the prospective victim, the criminal used to persuade them to allow remote access to the consumers' computer to diagnose the alleged problems on the computer by tricking them into believing the computer had a serious malware infection. After convincing the consumers, the criminal sold them services, often a costly long-term subscription agreement to fix the non-existent problem.
Police said, "Though criminals primarily aimed to sell a bogus service to fix a non-existent problem, they sometimes also remotely accessed financial and identity data from the consumer’s computer while “fixing” the problem and even install malware onto the consumer’s computer."