Perpetrators of tech support scams try to trick victims into believing their computers are infected and they need help. Some scammers pretend to be connected with Microsoft, Apple or a familiar security software company such as Norton or McAfee, and claim to have detected malware that poses an imminent threat to the person's computer.
Fraudsters and con artists often convince unwitting consumers to send payments via gift cards and money transfers. Now, scammers are increasingly stealing money using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, often telling consumers to use so-called virtual currency kiosks (also known as Bitcoin ATMs).
A recent cryptocurrency scam has highlighted a need for fraud awareness. The new scam - called "pig butchering" - includes a sophisticated new twist that combines a romance scam with an investment spin.