THE US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has successfully backed the closing of a New York-based software scamming outfit that may have made $2.5m by ripping off consumers.
A statement from the FTC links to a PDF document from the court with the result, and says that the decision comes at the FTC's "request".
The document explains that the company, which called itself PairSys, would call people at home and claim to be from Microsoft or Facebook.
This is a common scam, and the caller will often claim that the victim has a PC-based problem.
In some cases people fall for this. It is estimated that PairSys made $2.5m from the scam and that it employed online adverts as well as phone calls as lures.
"The defendants behind Pairsys targeted seniors and other vulnerable populations, preying on their lack of computer knowledge to sell ‘security' software and programs that had no value at all," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
"We are pleased that the court has shut down the company for now, and we look forward to getting consumers' money back in their pockets."
The FTC, which rounded on such capers in 2012, says that during calls victims were told that parts of their operating system were infected with viruses or malware, and offered to sell freely available software for anywhere between $150 and $600.
The defendants in the case, Pairsys, Uttam Saha and Tiya Bhattacharya, have agreed to the terms of a preliminary injunction, which includes an instruction to shut down their websites and telephone lines and not to sell on their customer data lists. µ
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