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