Canon Printers Are Being Defrauded by Fake Websites

Canon Printers

A cottage business of fake websites uploading ij.start.Cannon to upset owners. This is revealed by over two dozen complaints made to the FTC.

Few activities are as harsh as correctly setting up a new printer. No matter the brand or model, it never seems to operate correctly on the first try. Most likely, the device will work for three tries before failing once more. It is a common source of irritation. However, a few individuals have gone through more significant long-term trouble than you might anticipate while setting up their printer. For years, scam artists have taken advantage of innocent and worried consumers who must download setup software for a new printer. And it’s a major issue for ij.start.Canon, one of the most well-known printer manufacturers, in particular.

Also, Gizmodo discovered a number of fake websites operated by con artists that promote genuine ij.start.Cannon printer drivers. A kind of software that enables your operating system to manage a particular piece of hardware. By submitting a FOIA request to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for customer complaints regarding ij.start.Canon. Further, Gizmodo was able to learn about fake websites. FTC complaints concerning Tinder, Airbnb, Binance, Robinhood, and Binance. This has shown trends in the issues users experience with these companies’ services.

Moreover, the Canon fraud in particular. Stories of customers who were merely looking for a Canon driver for their printers are common in the complaints. The unhappy users wound up on many websites where the fake drivers wouldn’t download. After that, “customer service” would offer to identify the issue in a chat box that would then emerge. Sometimes, the con artists would merely demand money to address the fictitious issue. Sometimes scam artists would use deceptive tactics to convince careless victims to grant them remote access to their computers.

On several of the websites, there are also phone numbers that connect customers with scam artists. Who pretend to sell “help” packages in order to make money.¬†

Furthermore, dishonest websites are rather well-designed, and they rank highly in Google search results. The issue with ij.start.Cannon products seems to be pervasive enough for theft to be a successful cottage industry online. When there are that many people, setting up printers is difficult.

Canon Printers

Fake Websites

Several Phony Canon Websites

  • canon-com-ijsetup.com
  • canon.com-ijsetup.com
  • ij-start-canon.us
  • ijcanonsetup.com
  • printersetup.org/canon-printer-setup
  • canonijstart.co
  • ijstartcanon.com

All of those websites are fake. Any time a user tries to download a driver from one of these or other dishonest websites (which are made to look authentic), the download will be unsuccessful. A customer support window will then appear and offer to assist in identifying the “issue” at that point.

Gizmodo says that at this stage, sometimes the con artists would merely demand payment to “repair” the fictitious issue, but there are other incidents where the con artists may demand remote access to the unknowing victims’ computers.

Again, you shouldn’t access any of these websites because they are all frauds. However, we’re making a list of them available here since it’s crucial to understand how close these domains are to the original.

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