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|Scareware Fraudster Fined $163 Million|
| 3:17 pm on Oct 3, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I remember seeing those, or similar ads going round. I'm sure they caught out a lot of people.
|A woman behind a massive "scareware" scam has been fined $163m (£101m) by US authorities. |
Kristy Ross ran an operation that tricked its victims into thinking their computer had been infected with malicious software - and then charged them between $40 and $60 to "fix" it.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been pursuing the case since 2008.Scareware Fraudster Fined $163 Million [bbc.co.uk]
|The scam products' names included Winfixer, DriveCleaner, FreeRepair, WinAntivirus, WinAntispyware and System Doctor. |
| 3:25 pm on Oct 3, 2012 (gmt 0)|
| 5:39 pm on Oct 3, 2012 (gmt 0)|
They are still going around.
| 8:55 am on Oct 4, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Whay wasn't she jailed?
| 11:12 am on Oct 4, 2012 (gmt 0)|
163 million is a significant sum. It gives you an idea of the success of the scam.
It's be even better if the money could be returned to the unfortunate victims.
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