Recently, we received a couple calls from out of state saying that someone tried to scam them by using our company’s name. They Googled us and we looked legitimate to them so they called us to inform us. We appreciate it! We would never know how many victims are being affected otherwise.
One call from Virginia said a guy knocked on her door, and the other one from Louisiana said a guy named David Martin called from VinTech to do a security check. We don’t employ anyone named David.
We would like to take this opportunity to state that we do not make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) or door to door sales. Please be aware of the phone no. (210)429-7266, or any strange area code that you’re not familiar with.
More importantly, our company is based in Chicago, IL ONLY. If you have encountered a situation like this, please call your local police right away.
Every year, thousands of people lose money to telephone scams — from a few dollars to their life savings. Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly — calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about your family.
Phone swindlers are practically as old as the telephone itself. But new technology has led to an onslaught of Internet-inspired fraud tactics that try to use telephone calls to dupe millions of people, or to overwhelm switchboards for essential public services.
Avoid tech support phone scams!
Cyber criminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from VinTech or other companies that they can find online. They tell you there is a security issue which requires immediate action and need remote access to your computer for “fixing” a problem that wasn’t there. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:
- Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
- Take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
- Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
- Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.
Again, VINTECH DOES NOT MAKE UNSOLICITED PHONE CALLS (ALSO KNOWN AS COLD CALLS) TO CHARGE YOU FOR COMPUTER SECURITY OR SOFTWARE FIXES.
Telephone Tech Support Scams: What You Need to Know
Cyber criminals often use publicly available phone directories so they might know your name and other personal information when they call you. They might even guess what operating system you’re using.
Once they’ve gained your trust, they might ask for your user name and password or ask you to go to a website to install software that will let them access your computer to fix it. Once you do this, your computer and your personal information is vulnerable. Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.
Finally, we want to thank Deb from Louisiana who informed us about this.