That’s a tech support scam. Do not call, text or email. Legitimate tech support companies do not operate that way.
Scammers pose as big-name companies and use pop-up messages, fake websites, and phone calls to trick you into thinking your computer has an urgent problem. Their plan is to get your money by selling you worthless software, enrolling you in fake programs, or getting you to pay for useless tech support. The scammers urge you to call a toll-free number immediately, threatening that you may lose personal data if you don’t.
When you call, the scammer might ask you to give them remote access, pretend to run a diagnostic test, or tell you they have found a virus or other security issue. They try to sell you a security subscription or other “services” that range from worthless (for instance, they are available for free elsewhere) to malicious (they install dangerous software that can help them steal your personal information.)
What should you do?
If you get a pop-up to call a number to fix a virus on your computer, ignore it. Your computer is almost certainly fine. But if you are concerned about your computer, call your security software company directly. Do not use the phone number in the pop-up or on caller ID. Use a number you know is real, like the one on a software package or your receipt. Tech support scammers like to place online ads pretending to be legitimate companies, so be sure you have the correct telephone number for the real tech company before calling.
And if someone asks you to pay for anything — including tech support services — with a gift card, cash reload card, or a wire transfer, that is a scam. No legitimate company will tell you to pay that way. If you see that, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint.