Scam Alert: Malware Filled Security Scans and "Scareware"
'Free Security Scan' Could Cost Time and Money
Messages telling you to install and update security software for your computer seem to be everywhere. So you might be tempted by an offer of a 'free security scan,' especially when faced with a pop-up, an email, or an ad that claims 'malicious software' has already been found on your machine. Unfortunately, it's likely that the scary message is a come-on for a rip-off.
Beware the 'Scareware' Scam
If you think you might ever be tempted to click on a web advertisement offering a free scan of your computer, you need to know about the "scareware" scam.
Cellular Phone Dating Service Scheme
The FBI has been alerted to a newly discovered malware located at http://www.irrealhost.com. Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's consent. The identified malware lures victims to the site through the receipt of an SMS message on their cellular phone. An SMS message is a Short Message Service that permits the sending of short messages, also known as text messages. The message thanks the recipient for subscribing to a dating service, which is fictitious, and states the subscription fee of $2.00 per day will be automatically charged to their cellular phone bill until their subscription is canceled at the online site.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: May 16, 2013
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