I reviewed a site today and discovered a new advertising technique – and if it’s on one site, it’ll be on plenty more.
I clicked on a menu option and instantly got a popup telling me I had the “blue screen of death” and giving me a number to call. It disabled my ability to close the window and I needed to use the task manager to close it down.
Out of curiosity I rang the number (09) 280 6231 which was answered with a bland “Computer Support” and when I tried to find out more about the company I was told it was a large international company and I’d come through to their main support desk – with an Auckland number, yeah, right!
Here’s the screen that popped up
If that’s not convincing enough check out the first line of the message
Who registers a website name: message-no15715-urgent-technical-support.online
If it looks like a phishing domain name then you can be sure they’re up to no good. I’d love to hear
I’d love to hear from anyone who sees this – I’m hoping the ads don’t get published by many sites and I’m really, really hoping nobody lets these people tamper with their computers.