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09-Apr-2009, 04:51 AM #1
Spam and scareware showing significant growth
In a chilling indictment of the current state of the superhighway it has been revealed that 97% of all e-mails around the world can in some way be classed as spam. Despite the fact that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates suggested way back in 2004 that "spam" would be defunct within two years this is one forecast he got wrong!

However, it appears as though the online fraudsters and scammers are trying a new technique which is commonly known as scareware. In effect these are spyware programs which will warn you of potential problems with your system unless you download their security software and scan your machine. Of course, the software you download is packed with spyware and other potentially harmful programs which can cause havoc with your system.

We have seen scammers and fraudsters appeal to greed with promises of money, potential banking issues and other similar circumstances and now the fraudsters have moved on to fear. Many people are falling into the trap of clicking on these rogue "security software" programs as they are seriously concerned that their systems may be infected. How perverse that the scammers are now using the threat of spyware to actually force people to download spyware at a time when we should all be ignoring random and rogue requests without a second thought.

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