Fraud Alerts/PSAs

August 14, 2020: Don’t Be Fooled into Clicking on Fake Computer Virus Alerts

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Clicking on a pop-up window warning about computer virus threats could have the opposite effect for those who aren’t careful.

In the Computer Virus Scam, victims receive a fraudulent pop-up claiming that viruses have been detected on their computer and directing them to click on a link to stop the cyberattack or update security measures. In reality, the alert is the real threat.

Clicking on a fake virus warning can cause damaging malware to be downloaded and expose victims’ financial and personal information.


  • Alerts from security software not already installed on a computer probably are fake.
  • Don’t click or attempt to close the pop-up window; restart your web browser instead.
  • Run a manual security scan if a computer may be at risk.

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