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Little-Known Ways to spot Geek Squad Email Scams!
Scammers are very good at impersonating big companies to swindle their customers. Take Best Buy, for example, scammers call their customers pretending to be Geek Squad (Best Buy's Official Tech Support Service) — they will inform the customer that there is something wrong with their computer as detected by their system and they have to immediately access it remotely to avoid further damage. Leaving the user incapable to think rationally and vulnerable. Once the user gave them permission for remote access, they can install harmful programs on the computer and steal online banking credentials. After the fake troubleshooting session, they will charge you a large fee for the service. It will be too late before you realize that the amount you paid is too expensive for a computer repair.
Another way these scammers lure Best Buy's customers is by sending fake renewal confirmation emails or subscription orders. Alerting the customer to call the number in the email to cancel the renewal or order — wrong move!
Here are the Geek Squad Email Scams of 2022 from our Trend Micro Check Team.
Continue reading here for more schemes on how fake Geek Squad email scams work.
How to Protect Yourself from Geek Squad Scam Emails
- Be highly suspicious of unsolicited messages, especially ones that claim you’ve sent payment or placed an order that you don’t recognize.
- Typos and strange wordings are dead giveaways of scams.
- Beware of suspicious email addresses — especially ones sent from email providers such as Gmail or Outlook.
- Free gifts and prizes are always a major red flag.
- Use Trend Micro Check to detect scams with ease — for FREE!
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