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Nebraska Attorney General supports takedown of tech support scams

Posted: 12:43 PM, Mar 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-07 13:43:21-05
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is joining the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to announce a nationwide takedown of tech support scams.

General Peterson hopes to help consumers recognize the red flags of a tech support scam.

These scam artists use phone calls and online ads resembling security alerts from major technology companies to trick consumers into contacting the operators of these schemes and providing access to the consumers' computers.

The scammers then claim the consumer's computer is infected with viruses or experiencing other problems, and try to pressure consumers into buying unnecessary repair services, service plans, or anti-virus protection and software.

Peterson is joining the DOJ along with other attorneys general from across the country.