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New phishing scam merges physical and virtual worlds
Police in Grand Forks, Michigan North Dakota report that people are finding fake parking tickets on their cars that direct them to go to to view information about standard parking regulations. When they visit the site, a virus is downloaded onto their computer.

It's not clear what the virus does, but it seems like a pretty elaborate way to infect someone's computer. Also, an expensive way. Printing fake tickets and paying someone to distribute them has to cost a lot more than sending out emails. Link: Grand Forks Herald.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime, Scams
Posted by The Curator on Thu Feb 05, 2009
Comments (6)
Ha! You'd like me to click on that "Grand Forks Herald" link, wouldn't you?

That's all it would take for evil demons to possess my computer.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Matagorda, Texas  on  Thu Feb 05, 2009  at  09:10 AM
Isn't Grand Forks a hoax town? I have been there and trust me their forks are not so grand.
Posted by floormaster squeeze  in  Spring Hill  on  Thu Feb 05, 2009  at  10:03 AM
It's Grand Forks, North Dakota, not Michigan.
Posted by Vitajex  in  Minneapolis, MN  on  Thu Feb 05, 2009  at  05:23 PM
I thought Grand Forks disappeared under the waters of the Red River in 1997.
Posted by Canadarm  in  Toronto  on  Thu Feb 05, 2009  at  06:17 PM
"When they visit the site, a virus is downloaded onto their computer."

Unless, of course, they are smart enough to own a Mac.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Thu Feb 05, 2009  at  11:55 PM
Yeah, Mac users have already suffered enough.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Fri Feb 06, 2009  at  06:44 PM
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