The FTC has charged three defendants in this recent case of get rich quick fraud.
Who Is It Targeting: Tech users
What Is It: A scam that sold “codes” to be used for discounts online
What Are They After: The three defendants, in a recent case brought by the FTC, sold specialty “income generating software” to consumers that allegedly could result in thousands of dollars a day in income. In reality, though, the software the perpetrators sold to their victims was bogus. Further, their spam emails didn’t include the option to stop receiving the emails, and visitors to their website were harassed with repeated popup boxes.
How Can You Avoid It:
- There is no such thing as earning money for doing nothing.
- Anyone who tells you that you can earn tens of thousands of dollars a month just by installing some software is deceiving
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from FTC.gov.