A US court has heard that a couple conned at least $6 million
from the great-grandson of an oil industry tycoon after he brought
his virus-infected computer in for repair.
Although the victim's name has not been released by the
authorities, media reports have named him as jazz pianist and
composer Roger Davidson, an heir of oil tycoon Conrad
According to reports, prosecutors in Westchester (NY), have
charged 36-year-old Vickram Bedi and his girlfriend Helga
Invarsdottir. The couple are said to have tricked the composer into
believing that, while investigating the virus, they had found
evidence that his life was in danger - concocting a story that the
virus had been tracked to a hard drive in Honduras, and that
evidence had been found that the composer's life was in danger.
"Stories don't get much more farfetched and oddball than this,
but they do underline the importance for all of us to be on guard
against scams," said Graham
Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Savvy computer
users may be clued-up enough to dismiss such a scam, but can they
honestly say that the same is true of every member of their family
or social circle? Could there be an elderly or vulnerable person
close to you who uses the internet, and might easily be hoodwinked
by merciless scammers?"
More information about the scam can be found on Sophos's
Naked Security blog.