Consumers duped by computer virus scam

| Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Government regulators said they won a court order to halt international telephone scams in which people posing as computer technicians called tens of thousands of consumers and duped them into buying unneeded anti-virus services.

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it filed charges on Sept. 24 in the Southern District of New York. A federal judge the next day ordered a stop to the scams, mostly based in India, which targeted consumers in the United States, Britain and other English-speaking countries, according to the agency.

The agency said it is working with international regulators to increase its investigations of so-called scareware.

The FTC targeted 14 companies and 17 individuals.

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