We recently heard about a fraud happening in the Ukraine where some organisations were claiming to be authorised to collect royalties for performing and compositional use from businesses using music for background use.
However we have also seen bogus download claims injected into PCs from Malware that is not restricted to a single country.
This handy site tells all and explains how this is a fraud to steal money from you as a ransom for ‘unlocking your computer’.
This is a very similar scam to the infamous fake virus software people had to pay $20 to have removed from their computer.
Clearly the fraudsters have identified that royalties and copyright is a confusing area for many people and so this malware aims to exploit the confusion by threatening to lock your computer until you pay.
As soon as the user considers that this may be just a virus of some kind their scam is over as the user can update their virus software and discover the lock can be deleted.