https://www.pcmag.com/news/365198/microsoft-helps-police-shut-down-fake-tech-support-centers-i

The fake tech-support centers swept up in the raids made thousands of dollars by sending out pop-up ads over the internet that claimed users’ computers had been infected with a virus. Victims were fooled into buying repair services to fix the phony issue.

Microsoft has been working with police in India to shut down fake tech-support centers in the country that are scamming victims in the US and Canada. On Tuesday and Wednesday, police in the Indian capital of New Delhi raided 16 fake tech-support centers, which were located with the help of Microsoft, according to The New York Times. Three dozen people were arrested in the raids.

The fake tech-support centers swept up in the raids made thousands of dollars by sending out pop-up ads over the internet that claimed users’ computers had been infected with a virus. Victims who fell for the scheme would phone the fake Microsoft tech support centers, which would then offer repair services ranging in price from $99 to $1,000.

The raids come a month after Microsoft published a survey that found more than 3 in 5 consumers have encountered the tech-support scams. In addition to pop-up warnings, the fraudsters have been using phone calls, emails, and website redirects to trick users into thinking their computers are infected with a virus or spyware.