The FBI is alerting you to the blatant attempt by tech support thieves to deploy couriers to your home

It only makes sense that those who perpetrate scams would look for new ways to con us as we grow increasingly cautious of them. A public service broadcast alerting the public of a particular scam that has been increasing was released by the FBI on Monday (via Bleeping Computer).

Suspicious victims are being told by scammers disguising themselves as tech support representatives and US government representatives that their bank accounts have been compromised and they must sell their belongings. The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3) reports that between May and December 2023, scams such as this one caused losses totaling more than $55 million.

Sometimes, the con artists would phone a victim repeatedly while pretending to be a new person each time, in an attempt to sell the fraud. For example, they inform the victim right away that they work for a technological company. After that, they will phone the victim again and pretend to be a bank employee or government official in order to scare them into thinking their account has actually been hacked.

After their prey has fallen for their bait, they will either “wire funds to a metal dealer who will ship the precious metals to victims’ homes” or “instruct victims to liquidate their assets into cash and/or purchase gold, silver, or other precious metals.”

Ultimately, if the victims attest that they possess the money or precious metals, the con artists would dispatch messengers to their residences or arrange to meet them in a public area to get the goods. They inform the victims that the money would be kept for safekeeping. Needless to say, the victims never hear from the con artists again after the money has exchanged hands.

Throughout this procedure, a plethora of warning signs are raised, but all it takes for the scammers to make money is for one victim to fall for it. Because of this, the FBI has released a set of guidelines to help you safeguard yourself in the event that a scammer approaches you:

  • No lawful company or the US government will ever ask you to buy gold or other precious metals.
  • Safeguard your private data. Never agree to meet with strangers to provide cash or precious metals, and never give out your home address.
  • Avoid clicking on links in unwanted pop-up windows on your computer, text message links, and email attachments.
  • Never give out your phone number to strangers via emails, messages, or pop-ups.
  • Never download software at the request of strangers you get in contact with.
  • Refrain from giving strangers access to your computer.

You can report fraudulent or suspicious activity on the Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3) website if you think you are being scammed.

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