Fraud Alert! – Online Scan For Skype Virus
Call me crazy, but the programmers behind the “Online Scan For Skype Virus” are cunning, creative, and innovative.
That’s right — these guys are smooth criminals that prey on innocent surfers, by using an ultra-sneaky tactic that tricks you into downloading a virus that you pay for.
Yep… you pay for the virus and the patch that stabilizes your computer; so if you’re an active Skyper… Beware!
And who knows if the patch you download will actually fix the problem.
Don’t assume it want happen to you; just read on to educate yourself about the virus, because these guys are good.
Trust me on this one, ’cause they almost got me!
Here’s How They Did It
If you’re familiar with Skype, they allow you to automatically connect with them, when you turn your computer on, through an i-con located on your start-up tool bar.
As soon as you turn on your computer, you’re presented with a message alert from Skype that appears above the i-con, stating there’s a “Registry Scan Online” and immediate attention is required.
Then you’re prompted to open your Skype account for further details.
When you open your account a message is waiting for you that states something to this nature:
“WINDOWS REQUIRE AN IMMEDIATE ACTION”
ATTENTION! Security Center has detected
malware on your computer!
Here’s the actual picture:
There will be a link inside that tells you to add this user to your contacts to activate the link. The link then becomes active, if you follow the link, it will take you to a download page that scares the hell out of you.
Here you will be asked to download the “Registry Online Scan Patch” for $19.99… DON’T DO IT… STOP IMMEDIATELY!
By clicking the link you’ll actually install the malware on your computer, or you’ll be taken to a poison website, that causes your computer to repeatedly crash.
Here’ where they cash in, while you crash out.
Furthermore, Microsoft doesn’t alert you via instant messaging; no legitimate company does.
Helpful Hint: Be very cautious while surfing the net, and if something doesn’t seem right do some research before proceeding.
Please refer this article to family and friends to prevent a disaster, and stop scrupulous people from profiting on our behalf.