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Chrome browser locker scams users into calling number

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Joan Zappulla
Feb 07, 2018 10:01
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As browser makers like Google and Mozilla step up their efforts to fight off phishing, scams, and malware, so do scammers level up in their creativity and cunning.

One new technique that is gaining popularity is actually almost too simple and unsophisticated.

But that simplicity is also the key to its success in tricking users to call a “toll-free” phone number by simply locking up or freezing their web browser.

When confronted with a warning about how their security has been compromised, less informed users are likely to take the scam bait.

Throw in a barrage of popups or an unresponsive web browser, and you’re guaranteed to have a new victim.

The latter is what some scammers are now doing to con users and, ironically, they’re simply using what web browsers have available already.

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