Here’s a brazen fake antivirus program that falsely declares you are infected, then locks your screen and asks you call a toll free number for Support, which then asks you to pay to remove the fake infection.
…And therein lies a problem that goes beyond support scams. The telephone network, like the Internet, isn’t very good at recognizing national boundaries. Which is why I have a couple of rules of thumb when it comes to cold callers…
got a phone call from a gentleman with a pronounced accent wanting to help me with my virus problem … You didn’t know I had a virus problem? Neither did I, but he assured me that I was spraying malware all over the part of town I live and work in.
UK journalist Kevin Townsend has blogged today on what sounds like two support scam phone-calls of a type I’ve mentioned here a few times since a colleague at another company drew my attention to it last month.