Malwarebytes warns of support scam using Google AdWords

Malwarbytes is pointing out a malvertising campaign that leverages popular website names to direct victims to call a number where they are scammed into buying unneeded services and giving up personal information.

The scammers are using Google AdWords as their starting point, Malwarebytes said. By bidding up a keyword, such as YouTube Channel, they can push it to the top of a Google search page where they are more visible. Detection is difficult as hovering over the supplied URL,, does not reveal a false address. However, when clicked the ad launches a screen saying the PC has a Blue Screen of Death error prompting the person to call a service number.

Once on the phone the victim can be talked into buying expensive “fixes” for the non-existent problem and also have their identity stolen using the information they supply.

Malwarebytes reported the issue to Google and the ads were pulled.

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