A U.S. citizen has entered a guilty plea over allegations he created and managed a “tech support scam” involving Microsoft and Google. ZDNet reports court documents show Bishap Mittal, 24, from North Carolina defrauded over $3 million through a company called Capstone Technologies LLC. Working with anonymous partners, the organization managed various nefarious websites. Capstone Technologies LLC purchased Google and Bing ads to promote their sites on search engines. Additionally, the company would buy ad popups from adware developers around the world. This meant users were directed by the Bing and Google ads to the websites where a popup would appear claiming the users' computer was frozen and infected. Capstone purposely designed the pop-ups to appear like they were created by Microsoft. Victims would be told to call a support number to solve the fake virus. Capstone Technologies created a high-concept scam as the phone line connected to a call center in New Delhi, India.
Scammer Who Used Bing and Fake Microsoft Support Pleads Guilty
An online scamming organization that used Bing and Google to trick users into buying tech support to steal $3 million has pled guilty in a court.