Beware Of AOL Scam Using Email Claiming Your AOL Folder Contains A Virus

The latest email scam involves notices claiming that a DGTFX virus has infected your AOL folder.

By clicking through you end up signing up for a $300 virus protection plan with a firm in India.

The following is what a reader sent me:

I’m forwarding this e mail in the hope that you can prevent others from getting caught as I did.  I thought it was from AOL and clicked on the link/  I then called the number and like a dolt gave out the information they asked and to make a long (and dumb) story short , $300 later I have a three year security and tech support contract with a company in India and am unable to cancel within the three business days that  I thought I was eligible for.

If there is any way you can let AOL know of this or can prevent anyone else from getting  stung I  would appreciate it.  I have tried to send two messages to AOL but they haven’t responded . Thank you for your time and feel free to contact me if you need to. By the way I am also in the process of putting an alert on my credit accounts because when they took over my computer to clean it up I worry that they may have taken some of my information.  I was caught once and I hope I don’t get caught again. Keep up your good work

—–Original Message—–
From: AOL Mail Service
Sent: Fri, Dec 9, 2011 3:27 am
Subject: ……….Important Notification……….

Dear AOL Subscriber,

Virus Notification

A DGTFX Virus has been detected in your folders. Your email account has to be upgraded to our new Secured DGTFX anti-virus 2011 version to prevent damages to our web mail log and to your important files. Click your reply tab, Fill the columns below and send back to us or your email account will be terminated to avoid spread of the virus.

User name:
Reconfirm Password:

Note that your password will be encrypted with 1024-bit RSA keys for your password safety.

All User Should Reply Now !!!
Failure to do this will immediately render your Web-email address deactivated from our database.
Thank you for your co-operation.

Warning Code: ID67565434
AOL Account Support.
Copyright ©2011

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2 Comments on "Beware Of AOL Scam Using Email Claiming Your AOL Folder Contains A Virus"

  1. I got sucked in the same way the first gentleman did. The people operate through a ISL Light system and gain control of your computer. I have sensitive financial files on my desktop and I hope they did not gain account numbers or passwords. IF YOU RECEIVE INFO ON THIS VIRUS, DO NOT CALL THE FOLLOWING PHONE NUMBERS: 1-855-270-5419, 1-310-929-5339 0r 1-310-929-5337. They say they represent MSN, but when I called MSN they had no knowledge of their company.

  2. Dear “sucked” AOL users,
    You must be dumb or Internet-Illiterate to fall for this phishing scam. AOL (and banks and all other secure päroviders) tell you a 1000 times that they will NEVER EVER ask for your password.
    Jaap (content AOL user)

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