Cold Call Scammer Convicted for Scaring Windows Users Into Paying for Software

By Gary Cutlack on at

Hooray! One of the people behind the "Your computer is leaking personal information" phone scams has been convicted, with Mohammed Khalid Jamil earning a four-month suspended jail term for hiring call centre staff to trick unaware Windows users into paying for bogus malware protection.

The scam, which targeted anyone using a PC, aimed to fool users by getting them to rifle through their PC's registry files in an attempt to find things that look confusing and could conceivably be passed off as a virus. Old ladies were particularly vulnerable, ending up paying sums ranging from £35 to £150 for virus protection that was nothing more than a free download from Microsoft's site. [BBC]