Tech support scams that steal your money

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PHOENIX -- Cyber crooks are always on the prowl to take your hard earned money.  So 3 On Your Side has a consumer warning on what you need to look out for.

The Federal trade commission is alerting consumers that the latest scam begins with a phone call from a cyber crook that can get your name and basic information from public directories. 

The crook then calls you claiming to be a computer tech associated with a well known and legitimate company like Microsoft for example.

They might hit you with a barrage of technical terms to confuse you at first.

They'll then tell you a virus or malware has been detected on your computer and will trick you into giving them remote access or perhaps even convincing you into paying for worthless software to remove a virus you don't even have.

Their tactics are designed to "scare" you into believing they can fix your problem.   

But you should never give up control of your computer to a third party who calls you out of the blue.

To help keep you from falling victim to this tech scam, we've posted information from the federal trade commission.