Scammers know people pay attention to warning signs, such as the car’s “check engine” light, railroad crossing gates, and weather alerts. So fraudster use warnings to get grab your attention.
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court temporarily shut down and froze the assets of an operation that allegedly used phony online warnings about computer security and deceived people into spending millions of dollars on unnecessary computer technical support services.
A network of five companies and three individuals ran online pop-up ads that told people their computers were hacked, infected, or having performance problems. Sometimes, a loud alarm or voice recording played when the ad appeared. If a user opened the ad, it hijacked her browser and she couldn’t close or navigate around the ad.