[tabi] new computer virus is actually a scam

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:42:31 -0400

Hi all,
 
Below is an excerpt from an editorial of a computer industry news
letter; it tells of an unbelievably sneaky computer virus making the
rounds, which is taking in even people in the I.T. field; this is one of
the few warnings worth passing around, as it ends up with the person
becoming a victim of identity and creditcard theft:
 
" ...  fired up his Windows XP computer and got an error message,
telling
him that his hard drive was "critical." He ignored it, but the computer
crashed and
he had to hard boot it. When it came back up, he saw what appeared to be
the XP recovery
tool, and ran it. He said it fixed some of the errors but he got a
message telling
him that to repair the rest, he would have to buy the "advanced version"
- for $85.
Uh oh. Of course that should have been a red flag, but as he said, he
wasn't able
to access anything on the machine so he didn't feel as if he had much
choice in the
matter. He paid the piper (with his credit card, of course) and lo and
behold, he
was told that the rest of the errors had been fixed. That was a relief,
but the relief
was short lived. When he rebooted, his data and programs seemed to be
intact but
his desktop was wiped clean, and the programs directory in the start
menu was empty. ... "
 
Chip
 

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