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Android malware in pictures – a blow-by-blow account of mobile scareware

(Naked Security) Fake anti-virus, also suggestively known as scareware, tricks you into paying money by pretending to find threats such as viruses and Trojans on your computer.

The scan to find the “threats” is free; the cleanup part is not.

If you do pay up, the software then pretends to remove the non-existent threats so you may not even realise that you’ve been scammed, on the principle that all’s well that ends well.

But not only are you out of pocket, typically between $40 and $100, you’re also led into a false sense of security, because the clean bill of health provided after you’ve paid is as bogus as the infection report at the start…read full article

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