Sadly we see a ton of tech support scam victims at DoctorDave computer repair. We had one client get taken for over $10,000! There’s small relief for some victims: they might be getting money back.
Western Union became a conduit for some of these scams, allowing money to be wired to the criminals. As part of a settlement with the FTC, Western Union’s going to give some money back. If you used Western Union to send money, go here to file a claim. The deadline is February 12th, 2018.
No matter how you’ve been scammed, you might be able to claim some of the losses on your taxes. As a reminder, never call a number that appears on your screen, don’t accept calls from people claiming to represent Microsoft or Apple. Most important, don’t allow anyone you don’t know to remote control your computer. We’re the exception, but always verify you’re talking with DoctorDave and not someone claiming to be us. Call or text our main number to confirm it’s us.
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