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Feds Nail “Ransomware” Scammers (Video)


If you suddenly had a bogus virus warning pop-up on your computer screen, you were probably targeted by a cyber scammers’ “Ransomware” attempt.

Today, the Feds nailed six companies they say pulled these cyberscams nationwide. Of course, some were based right here in Flori-Duh.

According to the FTC, “Most of the scammers targeted in Operation Tech Trap followed the same pattern of misconduct. They caused consumers’ computers to display advertisements designed to resemble pop-up security alerts from Microsoft, Apple or other technology companies.

These ads warned consumers that their computers are infected with viruses, are being hacked, or are otherwise compromised. The pop-up messages urged consumers to immediately call a toll-free number for assistance. Some of the pop-up ads even included a countdown clock, allegedly representing the time remaining before the computer hard drive would be deleted.”

This is an actual screenshot of a ransomware attempt provided by the FTC. And yes, these scams are often pulled by cyberthieves outside of the U-S and we’re being targeted by them all.

The official FTC news release, including names of the companies charged

How to defend against ransomware

Operation Tech Trap targets tech support scams – and offers insights for business

By Al Sunshine, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Consumer Investigator, May 13, 2017

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Al Sunshine is a South Florida-based Broadcast and Digital Journalist whose career has spanned more than 40 years at the local and national levels. His award-winning investigations have triggered more than a dozen state and local consumer protection laws and his work’s been cited in Congressional Testimony before the U-S House of Representatives. He is best known for his “Shame On You” features for CBS Miami which sought to expose businesses, agencies and individuals defrauding or deceiving consumers, as well as endangering the safety and welfare of the general public. In 2013 Al retired from CBS Miami to set up his own Digital News Business, “Sunshine News, LLC” and Al continues to blog for the Radio, Television, Digital News Association, sponsors of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards”. An avid environmentalist, Al is one of the founding members of the “Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition”. The Florida Non-Profit is fighting to save and restore the last 2% of Pine Rocklands found only in South Florida and nowhere else in the continental United States. Al was recently elected its President.