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|On July 30, 2013, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of Homeland Security, released a warning regarding a malware computer infection scam. This scam attempts to prove its validity by claiming it is connected to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The scam begins when the user receives an email message that the user’s computer has been suspended for a violation of DHS rules. The email says that the only means to unlock the computer is to pay a fine to the DHS. One version of this malware takes a photo of the user by webcam and posts it in a pop-up in an effort to further validate the scam.
The victim may be asked to pay by credit card or a direct debit from a bank account. The scammers may also request a wire transfer of funds or the use of a prepaid debit card from Wal-Mart or Walgreens. If the victim pays through a bank account, the thieves will use the account numbers provided to further rob the victim or steal the victim’s identity.
If your computer is infected with this malware, consult a reputable security expert to remove the malware, or perform a clean reinstallation of your operating system after formatting your computer’s hard drive.
In order to avoid becoming the victim of this type of scam, remember the following:
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