Derrick Den Hollander

Aussies bust international scam

AUSTRALIAN investigators have helped bust an international scam in which consumers were duped into paying to clean their computers of bogus viruses.

US officials say 14 companies using staff posing as Microsoft employees convinced consumers their computers had virus infections which could cause massive problems.

The Federal Trade Commission says six scareware operations have had their assets frozen following an investigation in cooperation with Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz said the schemes involved calls to consumers in English-speaking countries from call centres in India, informing consumers of bogus infections.

"The tech scam artists that we're talking about today have taken scareware to a new level of virtual mayhem," he said.

Read more at ABC news online.



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