Viacom Scam – The Great Lengths Scammers Will Go To Screw You

viacom scamOver the last few months or so I’ve been getting an interesting phone call from a company claiming to be Viacom.  For those of you not sure, Viacom is a video and audio communications company.  The problem is my caller ID says that someone is calling me from this company claiming that their is a virus on my computer and that they want to help me remove it.

The truth is the people that are calling me are not from Viacom.  They are scammers posing as Viacom trying to gain access of my computer and steal your valuable information.  What’s even more crazy is that they won’t stop calling you until I give into them.

I’ve done everything short of threatening these scammers lives and nothing stops them from calling.  In fact, over the last few months I’ve gotten on average a call every other day from them and it’s finally prompted me to put this article up about it so others don’t fall prey to this trap.

How The Viacom Scam Works

This scam is very basic.  They claim that you have some sort of virus on your computer and tell you that if you don’t remove it your information could end up somewhere on the internet for everyone to see.

From here they try to get you to run a program on your computer that will unleash a virus and essentially hijack the valuable information on your computer.  Everything from your passwords, usernames, bank accounts, and credit card information, are all at stake here.

Tips To Help You Spot These Scammers

These scammers can sound very convincing but don’t fall for it.  Here are a few tips you can use to spot these scammers and protect yourself from them.

  • Scammers Don’t Know You Have A Virus.  First off,  these scammers don’t know you have some sort of virus.  Furthermore, no companies such as Viacom or Microsoft is going to help you because of a virus on your computer.  Any time someone calls to help you remove a virus from your computer should be a huge red flag.
  • Contact Your Local Authorities.  Also if these calls persist, as they have in my case you will want to inform your local authorities.  Calling your local authorities might sound like a waste of time but they can contact the property organizations to find these scammers and if nothing else they can inform others about this scam as well.
  • Blacklist Your Number.  Finally if all else fails you can add the scammers phone number to a blacklist.  Most cell phones have blacklisting features on them that make the process very simple.  I also found a really good resource if you would like to learn more on how to do this. You can check that out here.  You may also want to add your number to National Do Not Call Registry to keep your name and number out of reach from telemarketers.

 Final Thoughts…

Hopefully after my last confrontation with these scammers they will not call back but I can tell from my own experience that these guys do not take NO for an answer.  I could scream at them until I was blue in the face, call them every name in the book, and even call them a scam to their face and they would still keep on persisting.

If talking to them doesn’t work, ignore them.  In fact don’t even pick up the phone because as long as you keep on picking up the phone they will still keep calling.  By avoiding their calls they will eventually stop calling.

So what are your thoughts?  Have you ever been contacted by the Viacom scammers?

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8 Comments

  1. I agree Grayson, it’s crazy to think that people would actually fall for this scam but I could see how older people with very little knowledge about computers could get hit up by something like this.

  2. Its a very common scam here in Europe.
    Its ALWAYS older people who are less computer savvy who fall for it (my mother included in the stats)
    Thankfully we got her money back – but i bet many many people haven’t.
    Its despicable picking on the old like this.

  3. Sorry to hear your mother got hit by these scammers Mike. At least you got the money back. I just reported them to my local authorities and they are going to talk to them or at least attempt to.

  4. I could see my parents doing the same thing as well. Thankfully they would more than likely talk to me or my brother before doing anything.

  5. Someone was telling me about this movie Identity Thief, with Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy. She got all worked up with the thought that someone can actually do this ridiculous and insane scam to another human being. I don’t think I will ever fall for something conspicuous as that but some people I know might. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. I haven’t seen the movie yet either Marissa but it does sound crazy that someone would ever fall for this scam but I know it can happen. I know if this scam were to come across my parent they could be susceptible to it because they just don’t know much when it comes to technology these days. Also thanks for the comment, it’s nice hearing from you again.

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