COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike
DeWine has filed a lawsuit against Prime Technologies LLC and operator
Linda Brown Massey, alleging the company tricked consumers into thinking
their computers were infected with a virus in order to profit.
The defendants purportedly contacted consumers and told them
a virus from Russia or Nigeria had infected their computer. According to the
complaint, the defendants then charged the consumers anywhere from $200 to more
than $15,000 to remove the virus.
Once consumers had paid for the service, the defendants
would allegedly install faulty malware protection and anti-virus programs.
“Our goal is to protect Ohioans and to hold con artists
accountable,” DeWine said. “When someone calls you unexpectedly and tells you
your computer is infected with a virus, it’s almost always a scam.”
DeWine’s office charged the defendants with violating the
state’s Consumer Sales Practice Act and Telephone Solicitation Sales Act.
DeWine will look for reimbursement for consumers and an injunction to stop the
defendants from future violations of the state’s laws.