Scammers posing as Microsoft caught by global action

4 October 2012: Three international regulators including the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have taken joint action to shut down an international phone scam.  US authorities this week were successful in obtaining court orders to close down and freeze funds of imposters posing as Microsoft employees offering to fix PC viruses.

The ACMA collaborated with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to share key intelligence about the operations of the Microsoft imposters.

The ACMA was involved in providing intelligence to the FTC after the scam was first brought to their attention in 2009.

Read more about the scam and the action taken from the ACMA here.

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