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March 4, 2013
New Internet Porn Scam
I hadn't heard of this one before. In New Zealand, people viewing adult websites -- it's unclear whether these are honeypot sites, or malware that notices the site being viewed -- get a pop-up message claiming it's from the NZ Police and demanding payment of an instant fine for viewing illegal pornography.
EDITED TO ADD (2/12): There's a Japanese variant of this called "one-click fraud."
Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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Not new, but with some efforts in NZ to ban online pornography (the nature of which I am unclear about, but some "feminists" seem to be behind it), people may be scared first and think later.
And, lets face it, the majority of men and even quite a few women are doing that and hence the target audience for such a scam are huge. At the same time almost nobody is willing to admit doing it, so most of those targeted will not ask others for help or insights. Kind of a though crime simulation. Some people will just arrive at the wrong conclusions and pay. This scam does exploit a rather severe bug in the way repression is still done today and the way most people deal with anything that has "sex" somewhere in it.
I would no get to see it though: I have long blocked any and all pop-ups via browser settings. There never was anything worthwhile in these pop-ups.
As somebody who occasionally fixes computers for acquaintances, i've seen this a lot.
The worst is the one where they show a kiddie porn picture, something I never wish to see ever again, with a Metropolitan Police logo asking for £200 in UKash to forget about it.
It got onto the computer by the son of a friend, and she was in bits. I wanted to kick the shinola out of her son for putting her through this, but being 15 he didn't care. Neither did he download the kiddie porn to be fair, but he didn't understand the magnitude of what was on there. If she had the money, she would have paid it.
Not a new scam - it's been over Europe for years!
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