Anti-Virus Software: Warnings Over Scams

Listen up people, some UK research has been done into organized crime on the Internet and more specifically around Anti-Virus software. Apparently SOCA (Serious Organized Crime Agency) has released some research where around 1 in 4 adult web users has been approached by a person claiming to be offering to check their computer for viruses pretending to be from an IT Helpdesk.

So why would these people do it? Well they would ask for a small fee, sometimes around £30 to ‘Fix’ your machine by sending a patch but once you have paid, they have what they were after… that’s right, your card details or secure remote control of the computer to use it for other illegal activities. If they are acting illegally from your computer they are untraceable.

These fraudsters only need a few responses from the thousands of messages that they are sending out for it to be profitable and the fact that they are still doing it means that it is working. The question is, are you at risk?

Read through Mark King’s article over on guardian.co.uk for more information on how you can prevent this from happening to you.

Has this already happened to you? If it has tell your story on how it happened and what you have done since to prevent it in the comments below.