Recovery pitch scams target people who have been scammed in the past by other scams. A well-known recovery pitch scam is the Tech Support Scam where scammers claim that they will remove viruses and other online threats from a victim’s computer, for a fee. If the victim agrees to receive the tech support the scammer is claiming to provide, the scammer often claims that the company has filed for bankruptcy and offers the victim a refund. The scammer then requests access to the victim’s computer in order to process the refund through an online banking platform. Once the scammer has gained access to the victim’s computer and online banking, the scammer often transfers money from the victim’s bank account(s) to their own and or steals the financial information of the victim.
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Recovery pitch scams often target people who have been scammed before.
If someone contacts you and claims to be from a tech company and claims they can fix problems on your computer or device, you should let them do so.
What event is unlikely to occur during a recovery pitch scam, specifically the tech support variation?
Refunds from reputable businesses will always be provided free of charge. You should never have to pay money in order to receive a refund.