American Greed – Innovative Marketing

One of my favorite programs, American Greed, is explaining how a company named Innovative Marketing created and deployed a fake virus so they could sell their fake antivirus software. How fun!

CNBC on YouTubeHere’s a link to their YouTube site on the same subject.

Over $160,000,000 in profit, generated by scaring people into thinking they have a virus. Perhaps I’ll replay this episode to get more details on the dates. What I’m wondering is how long these scams have been going around.

These days, most of my clients know if they see a bunch of pop-ups on screen, they should just pick up the phone and call me.

So, if you’ve come this far, take that advice. If you see a bunch of pop-ups on your computer telling you that you are infected with a virus, chances are, it’s a scam. Call your local computer expert and pay someone to help you remove the malware. You’ll save yourself some grief, you may prevent someone from stealing your credit card information, or your identity – which they can use to do more serious financial damage.

Prevention probably sounds like something you already know. Don’t go to strange websites and don’t open email from strangers. Porn sites and gaming sites are notorious for being sources of this kind of malware. Spammers definitely hope to trick you into opening something that will allow them to compromise the security on your computer. That’s all I’m going to say about this, lest I start going uber-pedantic on you here!

Yes, that’s the first time I’ve ever used the term, “uber-pedantic” – my sense of humor is an acquired taste.

Spoiler alert – this American Greed episode end’s with, “If you’re going to be a fugitive, are you going to choose the Ukraine or Brazil?”

You can’t make this stuff up – it’s just too real.