That virus alert on your computer? Scammers may be behind it

Source: Vindu Goel & Suhasini Rai, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

You know the messages. They pop up on your computer screen with ominous warnings like, “Your computer has been infected with a virus. Call our toll-free number immediately for help.”

Most people ignore these entreaties, which are invariably scams. The victims would then be offered a package of services ranging from $99 to $1,000 to fix the problem. Law enforcement authorities, working with Microsoft, have now traced many of these boiler rooms to New Delhi, India’s capital and a hub of the global call-center industry.

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