YOUR IP ADDRESS TO THE WORLD!
Great! That is what it is supposed to do.
Don't fall for this scam that is going around the internet!
Description of this SCAM
This is a legal Internet 'Scam' which tries to scare you into buying a product. In other words without actually lying or breaking the law it over sells a product using fear.
This is what happens, when you go to a site, a 'pop-up' window appears on your screen and warns you similar to the fake one that follows below:
In the fake popup above that you may see, it can be worded in many different ways to make you believe your computer has a "problem" and they can HELP you by buying their useless software...OR...YOU COULD INSTANTLY DOWNLOAD (when you click OK), any number of destructive or malicious programs that are instantly installed on your computer without you knowing it and could show up later as "crazy stuff" going on with your computer that is not supposed to happen. Many hackers use this method in emails also.
Your web browser may display a full page advertisement for the product behind the warning and the page is frozen until you click OK. And for most people that don't know any better, they just click OK in fear!.The web page you will then see is on another web site that attempts to sell you the download by using fear tactics. The download does NOTHING after you buy it!
Where does the Scam download come from?
It can be found by clicking an an innocent looking ADD BANNER.
I have seen it ALL OVER THE INTERNET AT MANY DIFFERENT WEB SITES THAT I HAD NEVER VISITED BEFORE!
It may also be "hidden" in other advertisements on web sites and imbeded in shareware/adware programs.
What to do if you see a popup similar to the one shown
So how exactly does this scam work on your mental state when you first see it?
It uses "fear" and scare tactics!
The first statement:
"Your computer is "broadcasting" your IP address.
This is TRUE! However it should not alarm you at all!
"Once anyone has your IP
address, they can immediately begin attacking your computer"
The third scare
you see this or similar suspected "scams" anywhere on the internet, just
close it down and ignore it! If you think you need a web security product,
do your research and buy one or more security products to help
protect you from these criminals!
Every time you
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