The penalty: $163, 167, 539.95. The crime? Using something called
"Scareware." If you've used a PC in the past several years, you've
probably seen some version of it. This particular fraudulent scam on the
Internet delivers fake pop ups while you're online that say some
version of "you've got a virus," followed by a prompt to solve the
problem and clean up your computer with the help of your credit card. Of
course, once you're that far, they're quite possibly helping you
dissassemble your computer's security system as well.