Silver Law Group Investigates – State of Florida Charges Four Computer Support Companies in 'Ruthless' Fraud Scheme
Boca Raton, Florida – March 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Silver Law Group (www.silverlaw.com) is investigating claims against several South Florida-based computer support companies who are reported to allegedly have “ruthlessly” defrauded consumers by telemarketing and selling costly computer repair software and services to resolve non-existent computer issues.
Earlier this month, the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Florida filed a series of complaints alleging that four South Florida companies — (1) ASAP Tech Help LLP, (2) E-Racer Tech LLC, (3) Protech Support LLC d/b/a Rapid Tech Support, and (4) Techfix USA LLC d/b/a Smart Support and First Class Tech Support — engaged in a telemarketing scheme through which each company allegedly marketed deceptive computer software and tech support services to consumers that were little more than false promises aimed at bilking consumers of millions of dollars. According to the lawsuits, each company used software — such as pop-up ads warning of viruses or other malware — designed to trick consumers into thinking that there were problems with their home and office computers. The software directed consumers to call the companies, which then subjected those consumers to high-pressure deceptive sales pitches for tech support products and services to fix their non-existent computer problems. By preying upon consumers’ lack of technical knowledge, the companies were able to convince consumers that their computers were fraught with viruses and a multitude of computer errors for which those consumers purportedly needed security software and tech support services that typically cost between $99 and $600. In all, the companies were able convince numerous consumers that the non-existent problems actually did exist, and each company made huge profits in the process.
In November 2014, Florida’s Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission charged two other South Florida-based tech companies (Inbound Call Experts LLC d/b/a Advanced Tech Support and Advanced Tech Supportco LLC) with similar deceptive schemes marketing and selling computer support services and software. The Attorney General now believes that some of the newly-charged scammers are former employees of the companies named in the November lawsuits.
If you have been the victim of telemarketing fraud or high-pressure sales pitches through which you purchased needless computer software and computer repair services, you might have the grounds upon which to assert a claim to recover your losses. Silver Law Group is a nationally-recognized securities law firm headquartered in South Florida, with satellite offices in New York and Washington, DC, representing investors worldwide with their claims for losses due to financial misconduct and consumer fraud. Scott L. Silver and David C. Silver both have Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ of “AV” Preeminent for achieving the highest ethical and legal standards. The firm has successfully recovered multi-million dollar awards for its clients through arbitration and the courts. To contact Scott L. Silver to discuss your legal matter, call toll-free (800) 975-4345 or e-mail him at SSilver@silverlaw.com.