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You can also get caught in the trap of scammers by watching porn, know how

Internet Scammers: The scope of the Internet is increasing continuously, accordingly the number of online scammers is also increasing very fast. Now, an old scamming method is back where online scammers are tricking the viewers into watching pornographic movies on computers. According to a recent report, people on porn sites are getting a fake pop-up warning users that their “browser has been locked” for watching porn videos. A security researcher has alerted people about this scam, a suspicious URL resulting in a full page popup on the Google Chrome browser.

According to a report by Internet Security Researcher Rajshekhar Rajhariya on Twitter, the pop-up warns users that their browser has been locked due to viewing porn. The pop-up asks users for money in exchange for unblocking the browser. The pop-up is made in such a way that it appears to be from the Ministry of Law and Justice and says that the user’s computer has been “blocked” under Decree No. 173-279. It also warns the user that the browser has been locked for “viewing and transmitting of content prohibited by the law of India”.

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The pop-up demands Rs 29,000 from users as a fine for unlocking their computers. The scam even states that if the user fails to pay the penalty, the case material for the said computer will be transferred to the ministry for criminal proceedings. It states that the user has 6 hours to pay the fine.

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The message also has a “payment details” section where users can make payments through Visa or Mastercard cards. It says that the browser will be unlocked as soon as the payment is made. This is a scam and takes the name of Ministry of Law and Justice to dupe people. While porn is banned in India, the government does not track people’s computers to find people who are looking for workarounds around banned websites. Now this is a very old technique for scammers even inside India. A similar scam had surfaced in July last year as well, where scammers had demanded Rs 3,000 from people for a similar warning.

Whereas the most basic thing is that if you do not want to fall into this kind of scam, then avoid watching porn. However, if such a pop-up appears on your computer, the easiest thing to do is to close the browser window. If that doesn’t work and the pop-up has taken over your browser (an unlikely scenario), you can go to the task manager for your browser (ctrl+alt+delete) and end task. Also, if the previous two methods don’t work, a force shutdown will also help you.

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