Computer Fixing

How the scam works:

This is the most commonly used scam when it comes to computers that need to be fixed at a shop (not via online). Most people are not computer literate and it often happens that their machine or laptop has a minor fault: a wrong setting, unplugged cable, cache not cleared, etc.

When the victim takes the computer to the “doctor”, the “fixer” will claim the problem is more complex, depending on how well he reads the victim’s naivety. In some cases, the scammers even suggest the PC is irreparably damaged and the victim needs a new one (which of course, can be purchased from them).

How to avoid:

Always ask for a second opinion when it comes to things you're not good at. Regardless, you should always have an antivirus software installed on your computer.

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Keriann

I went into a store that was called digital additions or digital addiction ( I’m not sure which ) and it seemed like a legit place . It was in a mall. They charged me for a new operating system and didn’t give me the cd , they scratched my computer, deleted all my things and left the virus on my computer. My computer crashed 3 minutes after getting it back . Here is a good indicator if your being scammed. 1. They start throwing around big words hoping you won’t understand them 2. They start to bad mouth geek… Read more »

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