Arizona residents have reported losing about $1.3 million to tech fraud so far this year, which already surpasses all of the total losses reported in 2017 by 263 percent, FBI officials said.

If you ever receive an unsolicited phone call, email or pop-up on your computer, tablet or smartphone offering high-tech help to “fix” a virus or “prevent” a malware attack, DON’T FALL FOR IT.

Just as advertisers use search engines and social media to find consumers, bogus tech support companies are using these same tools to download ransomware, “phish” your contacts and search for personal information.

What Can You Do?

Members of the Arizona REALTORS® state association have a legitimate technical support resource at their fingertips. It’s called Tech Helpline and is included in your membership dues, so take advantage of this service.

Tech Helpline provides a long list of services. The shorter list of what’s not covered is typically limited to multiple-listings service support (for that, contact your MLS), or Single Sign-On, eSign and zipForm® benefits which are handled at no additional charge by the Arizona REALTORS® Business Services Support staff.

Feel free to bookmark this page for easy access to both Tech Helpline and Business Services Support: