Avast Threat Labs finds U.S. most vulnerable to tech support fraud

 Avast Threat Labs finds U.S. most vulnerable to tech support fraud

EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today Avast (LSE:AVST), a global leader in digital security and privacy, reports tech support fraud remains a massive issue in the U.S. According to Avast Threat Labs, users in the United States are most frequently attacked by technical support fraud.

The COVID pandemic accelerated this concerning global trend, particularly in the United States and Canada. According to the FBI, tech support fraud was one of the top three crime trends in 2020. As more people began relying on the internet for everyday pursuits, this illicit activity increased by over 171 percent from 2019. These scams are particularly insidious as they disproportionately prey on susceptible populations, including those over 60 years of age. Worse still, although seniors make up 66 percent of the victims of tech support fraud, they shoulder a disproportionate amount of the losses at 84 percent in the U.S., which…

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