Last month, we warned you about a rise in tech support scam pop-ups primarily affecting Windows where severe virus warnings often accompanied with audio cues urge the user to call for emergency tech support.
In a worrying trend, we are now also seeing an increase in similar fake sites targeting Apple users. The modus operandi is exactly the same:
- stubborn pop-ups that make it almost impossible to close the browser
- urgent warning to call a toll-free number
Fraudulent tech support companies often based overseas have offered their bogus services to Mac users before as we detailed it in an article last year (Tech Support Scams: Coming to a Mac near you).
After requesting remote control to the machine, the technician will run a scan in the Terminal or perhaps show the Console logs and flag anything in there as a virus or severe infection.
Unfortunately, many Mac users are unprepared for this kind of scams and can be social engineered into paying hundreds of dollars to fix nonexistent problems.