What is the Geek Squad Email Scam and How to Avoid It

  • By Brianne Savage
  • Sep 26, 2022

Geek Squad Scam

Computers are, arguably, one of the most essential items necessary for life in modernity. Through them, not only can we be entertained, but we can be informed or critiqued. We can suffer the internet’s favor as much as incite its wrath. Despite computers’ usefulness and abilities, laypeople don’t always need to know how to repair their toys. 

It’s easy to find someone to fix your computer; it’s just a Google search away, after all. But many people have found an even easier solution: take the problem computer back to where they bought it. For most, this means visiting the store with the big yellow tag: Best Buy. 

Best Buy itself doesn’t complete any form of computer repair—they are salespeople. Thus, when consumers enter with malfunctioning tech, they are often redirected to Best Buy’s in-house subsidiary: Geek Squad. Over 32,000 Geek Squad agents across the United States serve millions of customers every year. 

How can they serve so many people at once? Well, by using more technology! Geek Squad will email their clients updates and news as their device is being maintained. Then, after the tech is collected, those emails continue—partially as a helping hand but also as a marketing technique. 

What is the Geek Squad Email Scam?

Geek Squad’s emails are a well-known vehicle for email scams. Their emails are simple and easily replicated, ripping official logos and jargon straight from the real ones. Often, a Geek Squad scam email will put the user under pressure to respond to the email directly. The emails induce panic in the user, which will often cause clouded judgment. Some of the information these emails include can be: 

Subscription Renewal Services 

Geek Squad recently announced an optional subscription-based service, and over two million people have signed up with it. However, these scams are banking on the idea that the end user is either (1) part of that subscription plan or (2) they don’t want to be, and they were “mistakenly” signed up for it. 

In the case of the first, many might ignore the email, but in the latter—the user may panic. This panic is reinforced when they call Geek Squad and ask questions. The scammer may ask to take an 'exit payment' to leave the subscription plan early—similar to the exit costs in a contract. 

Order Collection Services

These scams work by guessing that the user has used Geek Squad in the past. Anyone who has worked in a repair shop knows that sometimes people forget to pick up their stuff; these scammers take advantage of this unfortunate habit. 

Usually, the email will be vague, causing just enough doubt in the user to incite panic. When the user calls to verify the thing they “left,” the scammer will insist on payment over the phone. Scam victims usually pay the cost then and there to make the pickup process “more straightforward” and fast. 

The Scammer Phone Number

There’s another, more insidious issue with these scam emails; the phone number attached to them is not the actual support number. If the scam email is ignored, they could call the scam number when they eventually have issues with their tech. 

This is one of the more unfortunate ways scams can become lucrative since many people like to pay for services beforehand. Moreover, some scammers will assist with fixes before playing a long-con for considerable money.

Emails Aren’t the Only Scams Used Either

A Geek Squad scam doesn’t have to be in the form of an email. It can also come in the form of a Geek Squad scam text. These texts operate the same way an email scam works—only it’s over our beloved cell phones. 

These text scams are potentially more dangerous too. Everyone knows they should be cautious when checking their email—but being cautious when texting is still slightly new. Now, we can click on a link embedded in our texts and become engrossed in scams, as easy as that. 

Further, users can click on the sending phone number and immediately speak with a scammer pretending to be Geek Squad. Talking is one of the fastest ways to get scammed—it’s easy for scammers to build a report by speaking. This means do not ever get on the phone with a scammer.

How to Avoid a Geek Squad Best Buy Scam

Signs to Watch for in Text or Emails

There are many excellent ways to figure out if the email or text in your Inbox is a scam. Telltale signs that a scammer has contacted you and is not the real deal can include signs like: 

  • Spelling or grammar errors
  • No direct identifications (i.e., using Sir or Madam over your name)
  • Different transaction currency (i.e., rupee versus the dollar)
  • Call to immediate action or face consequences 
  • If the email has the official logos but poor communication elements

How to  Avoid a Geek Squad Scam

Check with Geek Squad Customer Support at 1-800-433-5778

If the above signs aren’t enough or aren’t there, but you still are unsure, call Geek Squad. Don’t trust any emails or texts that contain a phone number—they can be tricks. What’s worse is that it is possible to set up a fake number and create a masked link. This means that a scammer can put the Geek Squad customer support number as a link—but when you click on it, have it route to another number. 

How can we get away from this? It’s simple; just call them yourself. Don’t click on any link in any email that is even remotely questionable. Further, if needing services, choose to meet in person. A Geek Squad appointment is the best way to ensure everything is correct with your orders. 

Block the Scammers as Soon as You Notice Them

Those who know scammers are targeting them would do well to block them. All email platforms and cellphones offer options for stopping incoming communications, so take advantage of this ability. And if you are scammed, take it to the authorities, there is no shame in a lapse of judgment, but there is shame in letting it happen to others.

About the Author
IDStrong Logo

Related Articles

4 Most Common Bitcoin Scams

Scams are creeping into all areas of life these days. Any new type of technology is at risk. Bitco ... Read More

Romance Scams, The Love to Escape from

Scams have been around a long time, that’s nothing new. One of the most disturbing and heartbrea ... Read More

Top 6 Craigslist Scams and How To Avoid It

Craigslist is a website used for localized classified ads. It was founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark ... Read More

Common PayPal Scams & How to Prevent Them

PayPal is one of the top digital currency exchanges in the world. Nearly everyone has heard of Pay ... Read More

Cash App Scams: What to do if You've Got Scammed Through Cash App

Peer-to-peer payment apps are all the rage these days. People use them for swapping money back and ... Read More

Latest Articles

Family Dollar & Dollar Tree Bleed Consumer Data Following Cyberattack

Family Dollar & Dollar Tree Bleed Consumer Data Following Cyberattack

In 2015, Family Dollar acquired its biggest competitor, Dollar Tree. Family Dollar is one-half of a consumer's dream; they offer low-priced goods for families in 8,200 locations nationwide.

Weekly Cybersecurity Recap December 1

Weekly Cybersecurity Recap December 1

This week, cybercriminals targeted health lifestyle members, patients, gamblers, and general consumers. Early on, Welltok returned to the news, this time with over 426k member data stolen by assailants; the organizations impacted by the breach were Premier Health and Graphic Packaging International.

Caesars Entertainment Breach Update, Millions of Gambler Records Compromised

Caesars Entertainment Breach Update, Millions of Gambler Records Compromised

Caesars Entertainment (CE) oversees 58 gaming properties across the continental states. Their locations include world destinations, nightlife activities, a comprehensive concierge, and an industry-leading approach to draw millions of gamblers weekly.

Featured Articles

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

Buying your own home is the American Dream, but it might seem out of reach to those with bad credit. However, the good news is, if your credit is less than perfect, you do still have options and in most cases, can still buy a home.

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

Any good IT article on computers and network security will address the importance of strong, secure passwords. However, the challenge of good passwords is that most people have a hard time remembering them, so they use simple or obvious ones that pose a security risk.

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Senior scams are becoming a major epidemic for two reasons. First, seniors often have a lot of money in the bank from a life of working hard and saving.

Free Identity Threat Scan
Instantly Check if Your Personal Information is Exposed
All fields below are required
Please enter first name
Please enter last name
Please enter a city
Please select a state
Please enter an age
Please enter an email address