Southern Arizona Targeted with Tech Support ScamsYour BBB is working locally to ensure you know the Red Flags!2 out of 3 people experienced a tech support scam in the previous 12 months! So for most of us, it's not a matter of "IF" we will become targets of these thieves, but when.One way this scam targets victims is with your computer freezing and you get an error message telling you that your data, email, and passwords have been stolen and are being sent to hackers. The pop up on the screen provides you with a number you can call for help… it’s not the saving grace you think that it is.Just one month ago a 92 year old Green Valley resident lost over $50,000. He received a call from whom he thought was his current IT support company. They sounded legitimate and wanted to provide him with a $500 refund for being such a valuable customer. As requested, he provided them access to his computer and filled out an 'online form' where apparently he accidentally typed in $5000 instead of $500. The scammers, with access to his computer and financial information, moved $5000 from his savings into this checking so the transaction looked legitimate. The requested him to wire $4500 back to them. Each time he did this, they claimed that they didn't receive his payment. Fortunately his banking institution started asking questions but he had already fallen victim to their games. During the scam, they played to his emotions stating how he reminded them of their own grandfather thus building a false sense of security and trust. The scammers had done their research beforehand and went into this fully prepared.Better Business Bureau has received more than 7,000 reports to BBB Scam Tracker in the past two years from people posing as a computer repair or security service that are contacting them to fix problems with their computer. This is a huge problem and your local BBB continues to receive reports. We are working with local media to do a full press warning on the devastation that this scam is having in our community. Below are television and radio initiatives that you can tap into in order to learn more:On the BUCKMASTER SHOW, 2.13.18 - Listen in by clicking HEREKGUN9 Morning Blend, 2.22.18 - Watch Live segment by clicking HERERadio ads on 94.9 MixFM and 1030 The VoiceEditorials in local publicationsThere are several versions of the tech scam and each victimize differently. We encourage our Southern Arizona community to understand the ways scammers victimize, what you should do if you are targeted and how to recognize the red flags of the scam by going to our Tech Scam Study. It also provides more details on who is behind the scam, how they are requesting money, and whom they are victimizing, as well as BBB's recommendations for dealing with this growing problem. Read the full report by clicking HERE.