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BEWARE: I was scammed and a Verizon tech support person was involved
normcee
Newbie

Yesterday I tried to trace a package that Verizon shipped to me but when I went on the UPS web site and put in the tracking # I had I was told by UPS that they had no record of the #. I then called Verizon tech support. The person I was eventually connected to looked into the problem and told me that my computer had been compromised and had been hacked. He then directly connected me to a comapny (Mandatech) that he said was a Microsoft associate companyh and that they would take care of the problem for me. Mandatech took over my computer and, according to them, cleaned out all of the garbage and took care of the hacking problem. This service cost me $350 plus I bought a 1 year service contract to make sure I was never hacked again, this cost $300. At the end of the session Mandatech contacted Verizon and I was given the delivery information for my package. Today when I tried calling the support phone number for Mandatech I got a recording that said that the line was not in service. At this point I realized that I had been scammed. I contacted Verizon's frlaud department and was told that they would look into it but had no way of determining who the Verizon tech person was that connected me to Mandatechl and that Verizon had no responsibility to what happened to me. I also reported this incident to Microsoft and they are checking it out.

I find it incomprehensible that although it is obvious that the Verizon tech person was directly a part of the scam Verizon couldn't find out who the person was and took no responsibility for this action.

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Re: BEWARE: I was scammed and a Verizon tech support person was involved
gs0b
Super User
Super User

Welcome to the forums.  You're talking to Verizon's customers here.  If you want to talk to Verizon, click here: Contact Us.

Unfortunately, it looks like you fell into one of the many methods scammers use to steal money. Scammers have figured out how they can get bogus phone numbers to turn up in search results.  When you use those numbers, you end up calling the scamers instead of the company you really want.  I'm guessing that you used a search engine to look up Verizon's support phone number.  If you didn't call 1-800-VERIZON this is most likely what happened.

Verizon will never, ever ask you to pay money to fix a computer virus problem.  They simply do not do that.

If you google "telephone tech support scams" you can learn a lot about how the scammes operate.

If I were you, I would immediately cancel the credit card used to pay the scammers and report it to your bank.

You should also find a local computer expert to help you remove any software the scammers installed on your computer.  A complete system wipe may be the best course of action.

Good Luck.

Re: BEWARE: I was scammed and a Verizon tech support person was involved
normcee
Newbie

I used the Verizon tech support number that I got when I googled it. Currently Verizon's fraud dept, is working on this.

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Re: BEWARE: I was scammed and a Verizon tech support person was involved
LawrenceC
Community Manager
Community Manager
Moved to General Residential Products and Services board for greater exposure.
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Re: BEWARE: I was scammed and a Verizon tech support person was involved
normcee
Newbie

A few days back I spoke to Chris in Verizon's Fraud Dept. He is working on the case and said I would hear from him if/when he had any answers.

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Re: BEWARE: I was scammed and a Verizon tech support person was involved
Goldengild
Newbie

Last year, my computer went down..home page somehow changed.  Called Verizon numerous times..they finally turned me over to Microsoft Tech.  They charged me $399.00.  and computer was "fixed".  Now many months later the company called and said they were going to refund my money....with an electronic payment...of course, I don't believe it...anyone here of this?  And how and who is connected with this that they have my number?

Help

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Re: BEWARE: I was scammed and a Verizon tech support person was involved
ElizabethS
Champion

That is very likely a scam. Do not give them any information of a personal nature.

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Re: BEWARE: I was scammed and a Verizon tech support person was involved
tony441
Newbie

This morning I was scammed by a verizon salesman.  All he told me about was a new service being offered for Starz.  Within an hour I received an email telling me I ordered this service.  I never authorized this service.  If I did not check my email I would have been billed for something I did not want.  Verizon is cheating - BEWARE!!!!!

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