The FBI recently cracked a worldwide massive scareware scam run by three super-smart con artists. The three of them â€“ Bjorn Daniel Sundin, Shaileshkumar Jain and James Reno â€“ excelled in duping people selling scamware as anti-virus software. They have a company in Belize named Innovative Marketing Inc. through which they sold this software.
The scam works like this: The scammers advertise the software for free and encourage people to download it. When downloaded, the scamware runs a virus check on your PC and detects a malicious infection. The software encourages the user to buy and download another malware to cure the infection. The malware thus downloaded is nothing but spyware/scamware.
Using this, the con artists have made more than $100 million. It is a cybercrime that has targeted more 60 countries, with thousands of users getting involved.
Best way to avoid such scam is to read reviews about the anti-virus software you plan to download/buy. A better way is to ask your Internet Security/Network provider to help you out from virus infection.
(Via Fraud and Scam news)