Fraudsters are using new method to trick people into parting with their money. They are pretending to be technical support teams of people's ISP (Internet Service Provider). new scam is very realistic and can trick even experienced Internet users. fraudsters are targeting IP (Internet Protocol) of computers – this is particular computer's online ID number. Once they have IP, the victim gets pop-up window with message that says ISP has "detected malware" on computer. The victim is then advised to call phone number for help. The Internet security company Malwarebytes said: "The scammers are trying to get people to call them. People are literally paying to be scammed."
Malwarebytes said most of scams so far have been detected in the USA and UK, but they will spread worldwide. Jerome Segura, malware expert at Malwarebytes, told BBC: "It caught me by surprise and I almost thought that it was real. It was page from my ISP telling me my computer was infected. It was only when I looked in closer detail that I saw it was scam." The fraudsters are infecting online adverts. Once infected ad appears on your screen, the virus works out your IP number. You do not even need to click on ad for the virus to do this. Malwarebytes' advice is to call tech support number you received when you signed up for Internet, and to not trust numbers in pop-up windows.