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- How the Scam Works
- Real Risks
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Consumer Warning: Scam Artists Want Your Money
You've all seen the scare ads that pop up when you browse many of the,
err, adult-oriented, sites: "You are being investigated"! Or, "Your
computer is broadcasting an IP address!". Or, "Your computer is
gathering secret evidence on your activities! You can go to jail for
your ordinary web browsing if you don't buy
this product!". The product being advertised is invariably some
sort of file eraser product that promises to "End the investigation" or
"Remove the evidence". But, even more scary: the ads seemingly display
your hard drive, or information about your ISP and where you're
located, and say that your ISP or your local government
is even cooperating with this "investigation" or that they can see what's
on your hard drive.
It's a scam, of course. But for someone who isn't familiar with how the
Internet works, it is a convincing scam. In the rest of this web site, I will
discuss how the scam works, and what you can do to *really* protect
- How the scam works
- Are you really at risk?
- How to *really* protect yourself online.
Q: What happened to the "Product X sucks" site?
A: It was discontinued due to lack of interest (on the part of this
author). The publishers
of said product are no longer providing me with an incentive to focus
upon them specifically, so instead I focus on the wider area of
fraudulent and deceptive advertising that attempts to scam you into buying
products you probably don't need.