PS2 scam put to an end
It was announced today by the U.S. Government that they have officially put to end one of the larger PS2 scams to hit the videogame scene. The members of the scam would bombard people's mailboxes with promises of winning a Playstation 2. An email link would be connected with the letter and recipients would be instructed to follow the address and eventually claim their prize. Disguising themselves as Yahoo Inc., followers of the email link would be forwarded to a false location and then asked to download a special program to claim their prize. Once downloaded and opened, the program would lead unsuspecting victims to a pornographic web site that charged $3.99 per minute.
"This case involves 'bait and switch' of the worst kind," said Howard Beales, head of the FTC's consumer-protection division. "The spammers promised a product that's particularly attractive to kids. They delivered a product that's offensive to many adults, and totally inappropriate for kids."
The consumer-protection agency hopes to recover what funds they can for victims of the scam. The first complaints of this issue came March 27 and were finally adhered to April 22. A Nevada court has since shut down the scam and frozen the assets of those involved until the case can go on trial.
4/24/2002 Matt Stensrud