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Fake anti-virus software falsely claims that a computer is infected with viruses, and renders the machine inoperable with bogus warnings unless blackmail is paid.
In Romany, this trick is called bujo ("bag") after one traditional format: the mark is told that the curse is in his money; he brings money in a bag to have the spell cast over it, and leaves with a bag of worthless paper. This scam got a new lease on life in the electronic age with the virus hoax.
The traditional romance scam has now moved into Internet dating sites.
The con actively cultivates a romantic relationship which often involves promises of marriage.
In a twist on the Nigerian fraud scheme, the mark is told he is helping someone overseas collect debts from corporate clients.
Large cheques stolen from businesses are mailed to the mark.