Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

June 20, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Bondi and FTC Reach More Than $27 Million Settlement Related to Tech Support Scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission today announced a settlement with Vast Tech Support, LLC, its owner, founder, and Chief Operating Officer Mark Donohue and OMG Tech Support, LLC. In November 2014, Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the FTC filed a complaint against Vast Tech Support, Donohue, OMG Tech Help and the companies’ principals and related entities for deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services.

The Vast Tech Support and OMG Tech Support defendants agreed to a judgment of more than $27 million and to surrender all assets to the court-appointed receiver, who will liquidate the assets and wind down the companies. Donohue agreed to a suspended judgment of more than $9 million.

Vast Tech Support advertised a registry software product, PC HealthBoost, claiming the product could dramatically increase computer speed and protect from errors, crashes and freezes. After consumers downloaded a free version of the software, a system scan allegedly misled consumers to believe that their computer had hundreds or thousands of errors in need of repair, regardless of whether the computer had any performance iss
ues. Another defendant in this matter, Boost Software, urged consumers to pay $29.97 for the registered version of PC HealthBoost to fix the non-existent errors.

To activate software, consumers were instructed to call Vast Tech Support’s call center, operated by OMG Tech Help. According to complaints, during the call, telemarketers gained access to consumers’ computers and ran a scripted diagnostic process that falsely indicated that the computer had performance or security issues. The telemarketers then allegedly scared consumers into spending hundreds of dollars on unnecessary computer repairs.

As part of the settlement, Vast Tech Support, Donohue and OMG Tech Support are permanently prohibited from:

Additionally, Vast Tech Support and OMG Tech Support are permanently prohibited from:

For the stipulated orders for permanent injunction, click here and here.

Anyone who suspects unfair or deceptive business practices can file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office at or call 1(866) 9-NO-SCAM.