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Dec/13

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McAfee – 12 Scams of the Holidays!

McAfee – 12 Scams of the Holidays!

This is a nice collection of the most common scams run during the holidays. I encourage you to pass this around to friends and family.

Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook and Google+.

In a new attack, some websites have been set up to show visitors a slash page that says the vicim’s computer has been blocked because is has been used to access illegal pornographic content. The user is then presented a link to pay an instant “fine” of $300 to the scammers.

This is a new variant of “ransomware”. The most common of which is “fake AV”. A fake anti-virus website or software will claim to scan your computer for free, then charge you to remove malware that it has “detected”.

Details and screenshots here.

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