Security firm McAfee has warned computer users to avoid hackers’ latest trap:
Here’s how the scam works:
While browsing the Web, potential victims see a pop-up ad saying their computer is infected with a virus. If they fall for it, they click a link or button that takes them to a site selling phony anti-virus software.
Once installed, the software turns out to be malware — so not only do victims hand over money for something they don’t need, the program actually steals personal information that can be used for identity theft.
McAfee says it’s seen a 660% increase in scareware scams over the last two years. Scammers make an estimated $300 million worldwide with scareware hoaxes, PCWorld reports.
Warn users in your company, letting them know the legitimate anti-virus software already installed on your network is more trustworthy than a random pop-up ad.