Cybersecurity researchers said on Monday that they have detected and blocked more than 200,000 tech support scam attacks in India in the first quarter this year.
In tech support scams, fraudsters use scare tactics to trick innocent individuals into purchasing overpriced and unnecessary “support services” to fix an alleged computer, device, or software problem.
Once granted access, bad actors can also install malware, or other malicious programmes that damage the data housed on devices, or even worse, harvest personal information.
According to a report by cybersecurity company Avast, tech support fraud remains a massive issue in India.
“Tech support fraud is increasingly common and targets some of the most vulnerable individuals. Criminals exploit victims through money or personal information,” said Alexej Savcin, Senior Malware Analyst, Avast.
“Above all, remember that whether it’s a phone call or a website, legitimate tech support won’t…