Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fraud On Your Computer .....Sometimes Sneaks In Under The Radar

I thought I would share something disturbing that happened to me recently. Fraud through by computer disguised as Anti-Theft software.

I had received a pop up a few weeks ago saying I had a Trojan Virus on my computer and that I needed to purchase this anti-virus software to get rid of it. So not knowing much about this stuff, and not having my husband around at the time. I purchased it.

Then it would run these scans every few hours stating that there were several viruses that had to be deleted. When my husband saw this pop up he tried to run our MacAfee Virus scan. But it had been disabled by the new one. After some research online we discovered that this "Anti-Virus" software that I purchased was actually a virus. It posed as a Anti-virus software, even putting tiny harmless viruses on the computer so it had something to delete. We followed the instructions we found online to rid out computer of this virus and after about 10 tries, deleted it and reinstalled our MacAfee.

Now the day after we deleted this virus my bank account was getting pinged small charges that I did not make (Poker Casino charges in Ohio, and other random things). I contacted my bank as soon as I noticed this a few days later. They agreed and believed it was fraud. They said having purchased the virus software with my bank card, they now had my information. The fraud division of my bank had seen this scam several times before with different software names. Said that I was lucky I picked up on it quickly as others were not so lucky and had major identity theft.

So beware of this scheme as it comes in under the radar and seems legitimate. Knowing now that having the MacAfee was enough to thwart any viruses. I feel awfully silly for falling for this scheme. I was fortunate to receive all my money back. I hope this helps even one of you from falling prey to this.

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