Ohio Man and Two Foreign Residents Indicted - scareware

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Ohio Man and Two Foreign Residents Indicted - scareware

Postby Moike » Thu May 27, 2010 9:45 pm


An international cybercrime scheme caused Internet users in more than 60 countries to purchase more than one million bogus software products, causing victims to lose more than $100 million, according to a federal indictment returned here against a Cincinnati area man and two other men believed to be living abroad. The charges allege that the defendants, through fake advertisements placed on various legitimate companies' websites, deceived Internet users into falsely believing that their computers were infected with "malware" or had other critical errors to induce them to purchase "scareware" software products that had limited or no ability to remedy the purported, but nonexistent, defects. The alleged scheme is widely regarded as one of the fastest-growing and most prevalent types of Internet fraud.

Two defendants, Bjorn Daniel Sundin and Shaileshkumar P. Jain, with others owned and operated Innovative Marketing Inc. (IM), a company registered in Belize that purported to sell anti-virus and computer performance/repair software through the internet and that operated a subsidiary called Innovative Marketing Ukraine, located in Kiev. The company appeared to close down last year after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a federal lawsuit in Maryland seeking to end the allegedly fraudulent practices.
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Re: Ohio Man and Two Foreign Residents Indicted in Alleged Ukrai

Postby spamislame » Fri May 28, 2010 11:26 am

This is a hell of a year. :)

Great find.

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Re: Ohio Man and Two Foreign Residents Indicted in Alleged Ukrai

Postby meep » Fri May 28, 2010 3:06 pm

Just saw this story Slashdotted in the RSS feed.

Network World story link has a few more details:

Alleged $100M scareware sellers facing charges
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Scareware Peddlers to Pay Over Eight Million Dollars

Postby Red Dwarf » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:01 pm

More updates on this fraud today at
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Scarewar ... 1169.shtml

Two men have agreed to pay $8.2 million in order to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission regarding their involvement in a major scareware operation.

Marc D’Souza and his father, Maurice D’Souza, both of Canadian nationality, were named as defendants along with four other people in a complaint filed by the FTC in December 2008.
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