You are peacefully browsing the internet, catching up on the news or watching your favorite videos. Suddenly, a pop-up window appears on your screen with a dire warning: “Your Computer is Infected!” It claims that your personal data is at risk and your banking information is under siege from a
relentless virus. Panic sets in as your heart races.
The message also offers a solution: “Click here to scan and remove the threat immediately.” It appears to be from a trusted antivirus company with their logo and a familiar looking interface. Desperate to safeguard your data, you click without a second thought.
Unbeknownst to you, this is the very moment you fall victim to scareware. The scan reveals countless “threats,” and the software insists on purchasing a premium version to remove them. You reluctantly provide your credit card details to save your digital life. In reality, there was no virus. The scareware itself was the true threat all along, and you’ve not only wasted your money but also exposed your financial information to cybercriminals.