anti-virus activation/renewal scam

Reports suggest that fraudsters are exploiting victims who are unfamiliar with activating or renewing antivirus software.

After buying brand new computers victims have reported being been unable to activate their antivirus software subscription, which led them to following links to fake antivirus websites. After entering contact information, victims have been called by fraudsters who ask for payment to install the anti-virus. This method has also been used by fraudsters when victims have attempted to renew their antivirus subscription.

If in doubt about renewal or activation of any software always go direct to the software vendors website by entering their web address in your browser…not by clicking a link in a email. Also take some time to research your options. Even renewing with a legitimate software vendor may not be your best choice. If you need more advice on this or any other topic covered please contact us using the contact form on the site or by posting a comment in the section below.