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Porn-warning security scam hooks you up to “Apple Care”

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Fake support scams aren’t new – they’ve been plaguing our phones, our ears and our wallets for years.

They generally follow one of two main patterns: active or reactive.

Active support scams rely on unlawfully acquired lists of phone numbers – the scammers call you, in blind disregard of any Do Not Call list in your country, and pressurise you into accepting technical support you don’t need for a problem you don’t have.

The crooks then {cajole, pester, badger, trick, frighten, threaten, extort} you into giving them remote access to your computer and charge you a stiff fee for pretending to fix your non-existent problems.

Reactive scams hit you up by email, or through poisoned websites, and harrass you with scary warnings and popups that urge you to call a local toll free “support” number to get your “problem” looked at.

Given that you initiate the call, and it’s free, a reactive scam seems on the surface like a low-risk proposition.

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