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Scareware trickster fined $163m

Scareware trickster fined $163m

A woman behind a massive “scareware” scam has been fined $163m (£101m) by US authorities.

Kristy Ross ran an operation that tricked its victims into thinking their computer had been infected with malicious software – and then charged them between $40 and $60 to “fix” it.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been pursuing the case since 2008.

Others investigated by the FTC have been ordered to return millions of dollars in earnings from similar scams.

In 2011, Marc D’Souza and his father, Maurice D’Souza, were ordered to give back $8.2 million of their “ill-gotten” profits.

Source: BBC News

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