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FTC: Fake customer support firms to pay $5.1 million

Staff writer |
A U.S. District Court has ordered the operators of several international tech support scams to pay more than $5.1 million tricked consumers into believing their computers were riddled with malware and then charged consumers to "fix" them.

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The court was acting on Federal Trade Commission charges. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued default judgments against fourteen corporate defendants and fourteen individual defendants that allegedly operated the tech support scams.

The operations were mostly based in India and targeted English-speaking consumers in the United States and several other countries.

The default judgments permanently ban the defendants from marketing any computer security-related technical support service. The judgments also ban them from continuing their deceptive tactics and from disclosing, selling or failing to dispose of information they obtained from victims.

The judgments in each case are:

FTC v. Pecon Software Ltd. et al; FTC v. Marczak et al.; FTC v. PCCare247 Inc. et al.; FTC v. Finmaestros, LLC et al.; FTC v. Lakshmi Infosoul Serivces Pvt. Ltd. et al.; and FTC v. Zeal IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd. et al.

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