Scam of the day – May 8, 2013 – Iron Man 3 scam

The movie Iron Man 3 is already a huge hit with early box office figures setting records around the world.  Pirated versions of movies being distributed on the Internet is a major problem for the movie industry, but it is also a major problem for consumers.  I don’t condone buying cheap bootlegs of movies over the Internet; that is a crime.  However, I understand that many people will be tempted to purchase or even get for free what they think are pirated versions of popular movies.  Scammers understand this too, which is why there are already more than a hundred websites, not connected with the studio that produced Iron Man 3, claiming that they have copies of Iron Man 3 for purchase or free in some instances.  These sites require you to download a file containing a video player.  The problem is that by downloading this video player, you may be downloading keystroke logging malware along with or instead of the promised video player.  This malware can steal all of your personal information from your computer including credit card numbers, bank account numbers and passwords and turn you into a victim of identity theft.  Facebook is also being used by the identity thieves to spread links for free copies of Iron Man 3 that indeed may well be tainted with malware.  Many of these links ask for your credit card, which you should not provide and end up giving you nothing.  Other links lure you in with the promise of a free streaming of Iron Man 3, but then take you through a survey for which the scammer gets paid and at the end you still do not get a copy of Iron Man 3.

TIPS

Never click on links or download files unless you know what you are clicking on or downloading is legitimate.  Obviously you cannot trust someone who is promising to provide you with a pirated product.  The risk of downloading malware is just too great.  Pay your money and go to the movie in the theater or if you want a home version, it won’t be too long before the movie is legitimately available online.