You have to be real careful these days on the internet, for scammers trying to bilk you out of your hard earned penny.
I've been well woven into the depths of the internet, and all of it's seedy corners, for over 15 years now and have never fallen for a single scam. That's not bragging, there's just a few basic tricks to being able to (generally) spot someone trying to scam you.
This is a repost of the tips, in reply to a previous thread, which can be found here.
Some scammers out there will write software (a.k.a Malware) designed to not really ravage your system (although sometimes they do that as well), but mostly just to scare the living bejesus out of you, in hopes of you sending them money, buying some recommended software to fix it (in this case NEVER buy that software, because it's almost always the same people who wrote that Malware that just infected your computer. Would you trust the same people to protect you?), or any other myriad of reasons. Often times, these people have the spelling and/or grammar of a 5th grader (an uneducated one at that), or blatantly only use English as a second language. Sometimes, it may be a bit more subtle, but it's there more often than not.
So here are some very good tips on how to tell if you're (attempting) to be scammed. Keep in mind, that you still may (often will) need to run genuine Malware scanners and cleaners to remove this scumware from your computer, but at least you won't fall for also spending your cash on whatever they're trying to pawn off on you, and you may also not fall for the scare of having to do a full computer format, which many people automatically assume they'll need to do. Personally I am a huge fan of SuperAntiSpyware for scanning and cleaning my computers, or family and friends that I may be helping out.
Here are a few signs that your Malware is trying to scam you:
Those are some examples, along with common sense, and a skeptical eye whenever getting something like this on your screen. The main thing is, no need to panic, ever. Just stay calm, and be skeptical. And know that 99.9% of these things can be cleaned.
Here is another GeekDrop thread on the subject. If you have any other great tips, we'd love for you to post them!