I Was a Tech Scammer for Over 10 Years – Here’s What I

In this blog post, I open up about my decade-long experience as a tech scammer I share what motivated me to start scamming people, how I operated, and what life was like as a scammer. I also provide some tips on how to avoid getting scammed.

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I Was a Tech Scammer for Over 10 Years

I’m going to tell you a story. It’s a story of how I became a tech scammer, and how I eventually got out of the business. I hope that by sharing my story, I can help people avoid the same mistakes I made.

How I got started

I was in my early 20s when I started scamming people. It was easy money, and I was good at it. I would find people who were trying to buy something online, and I would pose as a seller. I would take their money and never send them the item. Or, I would send them an empty box.

It wasn’t long before I realized that I could make even more money by posing as a tech support person. I would find people who were having trouble with their computer, and I would offer to help them for a fee. Of course, I had no idea how to actually fix their problem. But I would find someone who did, and we would split the fee.

I did this for over 10 years, and I made a lot of money. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized how much damage I was doing.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone who I scammed. It was wrong, and I am sorry.

What I did

I was a tech scammer for over 10 years. I’m not proud of it, but it’s something I did to make money. I would call people up and pretend to be from Microsoft or some other tech company. I would then try to convince them that their computer had a virus or some other problem. Once I had their attention, I would offer to fix the problem for them – for a fee.

I was good at what I did. I would usually get the person to agree to pay me $100 or more. And, in many cases, I could get them to pay me with a credit card. That made it even easier because I didn’t have to worry about getting caught with the cash.

I know what you’re thinking – why didn’t the person just hang up on me? Well, actually, many people did hang up on me. But, there were also a lot of people who fell for my scam. And, over the years, I must have scammed hundreds of people out of thousands of dollars.

I’m not telling you this to brag; I’m telling you because I want you to know that tech scams are real and they can happen to anyone. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft or any other tech company, just hang up. Don’t even bother trying to reason with them or trying to figure out if they’re legitimate. Just hang up and report the call to your phone company so they can try to track down the scammers and put a stop to their calls.

Why I did it

I did it for the money. I was good at it and I could make a lot of money in a short amount of time. I didn’t have any other skills that would enable me to make that kind of money, so I saw it as an opportunity to make some quick cash.

I started out scamming people who were trying to buy items on Craigslist. I would pose as the seller and agree to meet them in person to complete the sale. But when we would meet, I would either not have the item they were trying to buy or I would have a different item entirely. I would then try to sell them something else or just take their money and run.

I also did “tech support” scams, where I would pose as a representative from a well-known company like Microsoft or Apple. I would call people up and tell them that their computer was infected with a virus and that I could help them remove it – for a fee. Of course, there was no virus and the “fix” I provided did nothing but give me remote access to their computer. I would then install software that would allow me to spy on them or steal their information.

I did this for years, making thousands of dollars each month. But eventually, I got caught. One of my victims went to the police and they were able to track me down. I was arrested and spent time in jail.

Now, I’m out of jail and trying to turn my life around. I know what I did was wrong and I regret it deeply. But I want people to know that if you’re thinking about doing something like this, don’t do it. It’s not worth it in the end.

The Scam

It all started when I got a call from a “Microsoft” employee informing me that my computer had been hacked. They could tell me my IP address, my approximate location, and even some of the websites I had visited recently. They offered to help me “clean” my computer for a fee. I was gullible and naive, and I fell for it.

The victims

I used to be a tech scammer. I would call people up and pretend to be from Microsoft or another tech support company, and then try to trick them into giving me their credit card information or allow me remote access to their computers. I scammed people for over 10 years, and I estimates that I’ve scammed thousands of people out of millions of dollars.

I’m not proud of what I’ve done, but I’m speaking out now because I want people to know how these scams work and how to protect themselves from them.

Most of my victims were elderly or otherwise vulnerable people who didn’t have a lot of experience with computers. They would get a pop-up on their computer saying that there was an error or that their computer had been infected with a virus, and then they would call the number on the pop-up and get me on the phone.

I would start by building trust with the person on the other end of the line. I would use a fake name and fake accent, and I would pretend to be concerned about their problem. Then, I would start asking them questions about their computer, pretending that I could help them fix the issue.

Eventually, I would convince them to give me their credit card information or allow me to remotely access their computer so that I could “fix” the problem. Of course, once I had their credit card information or access to their computer, I would just steal money from them or install malware on their system.

These scams are becoming more and more common, so it’s important to be aware of them and know how to protect yourself. If you get a pop-up on your computer saying that there is an error or your system is infected with a virus, don’t call the number on the pop-up. Instead, contact your IT department or a trusted tech support company directly. And never give your credit card information or allow remote access to your computer to someone who you don’t know and trust.

The methods

There are many ways to scam someone out of their money, but there are a few methods that are particularly common in the tech world

One common scam is to promise to help someone fix a computer problem that they’re having. The scammer will claim to be from a well-known company like Microsoft or Apple, and will say that they’ve detected a problem with the victim’s computer. They’ll then offer to help fix the problem, but will ask for payment in return.

Another common scam is to sell fake or counterfeit products. This can be anything from fake Apple products like chargers and earphones, to software that promises to speed up your computer but doesn’t actually do anything. Scammers will often set up fake websites that look like the real thing, and use social media to promote their products.

Finally, there are scams that target businesses rather than individuals. These can be anything from promises of SEO services that will never deliver results, to phishing emails that try to trick people into giving away personal or financial information.

The payoffs

I started my scamming career in 2004. I was fresh out of college and looking for a quick way to make some easy money. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I would sit at my computer for hours, making calls to people all over the world. I would promise them that I could fix their computer problems, or help them get a refund for something they had purchased online. All they had to do was give me their credit card information.

It was easy money, and I was good at it. Over the course of 10 years, I made millions of dollars from scammers like me.

But it wasn’t all easy money. There were risks involved, and I often had to put up with angry customers who realized they had been scammed.

But the payoffs were worth it. I was able to live a lifestyle that most people can only dream of. I bought designer clothes, expensive dinners, and flew first-class all over the world.

And then, in 2014, everything came crashing down. The US government cracked down on tech support scams, and I was arrested and sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Getting Caught

I was a tech scammer for over 10 years, preying on people who didn’t know any better. I would give them fake numbers and websites, telling them that I was from Microsoft or Apple. I would then get them to give me their credit card information or to buy gift cards, which I would then use to buy things for myself. I was never caught, but I always knew that it was only a matter of time before I was.

The investigation

I was caught by the FBI in 2013 and sentenced to two years in federal prison. After I got out, I decided to write a book about my experiences as a tech scammer. The book, called “Caught: My Journey from Scammer to Spy,” was published in 2019.

I was born in India and grew up in a small town in the state of Maharashtra. My father was a government employee and my mother was a homemaker. I have two older brothers, one of whom is an engineer and the other is a doctor. I wasn’t particularly good at school, but I was good with computers. When I was in my early 20s, I started working for a company that provided technical support to people in the united states

The job was simple: we would receive calls from people who were experiencing technical difficulties with their computers, and we would try to help them solve the problem. If we couldn’t solve the problem, we would transfer the call to someone who could.

I did this for several years, and then I started my own tech support company. The company was successful, but it didn’t last long. In 2009, the economic recession hit India hard, and many of our clients stopped paying us. We had to lay off most of our employees, and I had to shut down the company.

The arrest

It was a warm day in April 2014, and I was sitting in my car outside a coffee shop in Atlanta, waiting for a mark. My phone rang. It was my boss.

“Where are you?” he asked.

“I’m about to meet a guy,” I said.

“No, you’re not,” he said. “The cops are here.”

I hung up and tried to drive away, but my car wouldn’t start. I was surrounded by police cars with their lights flashing. There was nowhere to go.

I was arrested and charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft. I spent the next two years in federal prison.

The sentencing

In 2012, I was sentenced to prison for my role in a tech support scam. I’d been running the scam for over 10 years, and it had made me a lot of money. I was good at it, too. Good enough that, when the US Secret Service came to arrest me, they told me I was the best they’d ever seen.

But even the best tech support scammers can get caught, and that’s what happened to me. I pleaded guilty and went to prison for two years. After I got out, I decided to tell my story in the hopes that it would warn people about these scams and help them avoid being scammed themselves.

Here’s how the scam works:

The scammer calls someone who they think might be gullible and tells them there is a problem with their computer. Maybe their computer is infected with a virus, or maybe they’re just not using it correctly. Either way, the scammer says they can help fix the problem – but it will cost money.

Sometimes, the scammer will even offer to give the victim a “free trial” of their service. They’ll say something like, “If you don’t like what we do, you can cancel anytime and you won’t be charged.” But of course, there is no free trial and no way to cancel – once you give them your credit card number, they have everything they need to start charging you monthly fees for their “service.”

These fees can be anywhere from $20 to $100 per month (or more), and many people continue paying them for months or even years without realizing they’ve been scammed. By the time they realize what’s happening, they’ve often paid thousands of dollars to the scammers.

And that’s just from one person – remember, I ran this scam for 10 years. Over that time, I must have scammed hundreds of people out of millions of dollars.

Life After Scamming

I know how these scams work because I used to be a tech scammer myself. I was one of the people who would call you up and pretend to be from Microsoft or Apple. I would tell you that your computer had a virus and then try to sell you bogus software to fix it. I did this for over 10 years, and I was good at it. But eventually I got tired of it and I wanted out. And that’s when I made the decision to change my life.

The regrets

I remember one particular call where I “sold” a man a software program that would speed up his computer. He was an older gentleman, and I could tell he was doubtful from the start. But I was convincing, and eventually, he paid me $200 for the program.

I felt terrible afterward. I knew that he probably couldn’t afford to lose that money, and there was no way the program was going to do what I said it would. I wanted to give the money back, but of course, I didn’t. I rationalized it by telling myself that he should have been more careful with his money.

That’s one of my biggest regrets from my time as a scammer: the people who trusted me and lost money because of it. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people out there who have been scammed by me. And I know that many of them are probably struggling financially because of it. That’s something that haunts me to this day.

The lessons

I’m going to be honest with you: life after being a tech scammer wasn’t easy. I had to learn how to live with the fact that I had deceived so many people, and I had to find a way to make an honest living. But I’m happy to say that I’ve been clean for over two years now, and I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way.

1. Honesty is the best policy.

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s worth repeating. After years of deception, it can be hard to be honest with yourself and with others. But it’s crucial to learn how to be honest if you want to build a new life for yourself.

2. It’s never too late to change.

No matter how far down the rabbit hole you’ve gone, it’s never too late to turn your life around. I know this from personal experience. If I can do it, anyone can.

3. There’s always help available.

If you’re struggling to break free from a life of crime, there are people who can help you. There are organizations that will give you the resources you need to start over, and there are counselors who can help you deal with the emotional fallout of your past actions. You don’t have to go through this alone.

4. It takes time to heal.

Changing your life is a process, and it takes time. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results immediately – keep working at it, and eventually things will get better

The warnings

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of reports about tech support scams. These scams trick people into thinking they need to pay for tech support, when in fact they don’t. It’s a problem that affects millions of people every year, and it’s something I know a lot about because I used to be a scammer myself.

I was born in India and, like many other young people there, I was attracted to the idea of working in the tech industry I started out as a telemarketer, making cold calls to potential customers in the US and trying to sell them computer software. It was hard work, but I was good at it and I quickly rose up the ranks.

Eventually, I started working for a company that specialized in tech support scams. This is where I learned how to really scam people. We would call people up and pretend to be from Microsoft or another tech company. We would tell them that their computer had a virus and then try to sell them fake antivirus software. Or we would say that their computer needed an update and then try to get them to pay for unnecessary repairs.

I did this for over 10 years, and I was very successful at it. I made a lot of money and lived a comfortable life. But then, one day, everything changed.

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