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Emergency Alert: Microsoft Support Scam

 

Databranch has been notified about a new Microsoft support scam that is generated after users click on a false Amazon ad.

Clicking on this sponsored Google ad will redirect users to a Microsoft technical support scam. This scam will claim to be Windows Defender, stating that your device has been infected with malware.

 

Why is this Noteworthy:

Google search engine is widely used by consumers worldwide. Users often click the top results, which are ‘Sponsored’ results. Currently, those who are searching for Amazon are at risk of being a victim by scammers.

A similar scam was seen last year through YouTube ads where it displays a website’s legitimate URL but leads to the scam website. 

This presents a major security concern as scammers who gain access to a computer can not only install malware, but can also steal personal and financial information.

 

Recommendations:

  • Avoid clicking on Amazon sponsored Google ads
  • Visit website by their Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) 

Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions. 

If you are not a managed client and would like to discuss how Databranch can help to proactively manage, monitor, and patch your IT environment, please reach out to Databranch at 716-373-4467 option 6 or [email protected].

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