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Indian police break up international computer virus scam

Indian police arrest nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price

Reported by: AP [ Published on: November 29, 2018 15:45 IST ]
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people in the United States, Britain, Australia and other countries by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price.

Police officer Ajay Pal Sharma says those arrested Tuesday and Wednesday posed as authorized representatives of Microsoft and other companies and used their logos.

He says they have been running call centers in and around the Indian capital for months and defrauding unsuspecting people.

Sharma said Thursday that the messages prompted victims to call a phone number showing on their computer screens. He said they would then be scammed out of money in exchange for supposedly fixing the problem.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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