Be aware of the fraudsters

If you are a German user and receive an email coming from “Virenwarndienst” with the email address <Virenwarndienst@<Abzock-Webseite>.info> do not register there for downloading the software. This site is a price trap. The users who register there are closing a contract for 2 years where they have to pay 8 euro per month.

The text of the email is:

“Achtung – Wichtige Virenwarnung:

Nach Berichten des Bundesamts für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) ist derzeit ein besonders gefährlicher Virus/Trojaner im Umlauf.

Ihr PC ist ungeschützt und damit potentiell gefährdet. Bitte laden Sie unbedingt in Ihrem eigenen Interesse einen aktuellen Virenscanner herunter.

Die aktuellste Version erhalten Sie direkt hier:

http://www.<Abzock-Webseite>.info/

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ihr Virenwarndienst”

It says that the German government authority for IT Security has issued a warning because a dangerous Virus/Trojan is in the wild. It then advises all users to download a security solution (note: Avira AntiVir isn’t mentioned there) in order not to endanger their computer. Once following the link in the mail and trying to download the software, the unsuspecting users are forced to register:

Fig. 1: The fraudsters need the address data in order to send bills for downloading the free software.

Fig. 1: The fraudsters need the address data in order to send bills for downloading the free software.

Almost nobody reads the AGB (EULA) which specifies somewhere that you are signing a contract for two years, for 8 euro per Month.

The users who want to obtain the free version of Avira AntiVir, called Avira AntiVir Personal, can visit the website www.free-av.com and download the software for free.

Sorin Mustaca
Manager International Software Development