The Untouchables have fingered the collars of three men who they claim were involved in a $100 million scam which tricked internet users into believing their computers were infected with a virus.
Bjorn Daniel Sundin, 31, a Swedish citizen believed to be in Sweden, and Shaileshkumar Jain, 40, a US citizen believed to be living in Ukraine, were each charged with 24 counts of wire fraud and one count each of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and computer fraud.
James Reno, 26, of Amelia, Ohio, faces 12 counts of fraud and one count each of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and computer fraud. This is a lot of counting.
FBI special agent Robert Grant said that the three preyed on innocent computer users, exploiting their fraudulently induced fears for personal gain.
Sundin and Jain ran an outfit called Innovative Marketing located in Kiev which claimed to flog legit anti-virus and computer repair software.
They placed fake advertisements on legitimate company websites which led internet users to falsely believe that their computers had been infected with a virus.
The trick was to get them to buy “ErrorSafe” and “DriveCleaner” to fix the purported problems, paying online by credit card to bank accounts in Europe.
They could end up with 20 years porridge, unless they download the correct Judge.