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20 Sep 2011

Skype users hit by scam call to buy fake security software

A scammer contacted multiple Skype users with automated messages and tried to get them to purchase fake antivrius software, according to news sources.

A machine-generated message warns potential victims that their computer security is out-of-date, according to The Register's website, and the victims were invited to a website selling fake antivirus software for $19.95. The call told Skype users "Attention: this is an automated computer system alert. Your computer protection service is not active. To activate computer protection, and repair your computer, go to [LINK]."

The Register said that "scareware" scams have been around for many years and many people have wised up to people trying to sell them on "security scans" that will turn up a bevy of fake problems on their computer.

According to GMA News' website, the fake antivirus software scammers also asked victims to give personal information when the link was clicked. Skype advised users that if they do not want to receive unsolicited Skype calls, the best thing to do is change privacy settings so only users listed in the contact list are allowed to call or message.