Beware the Google Chrome Font Scam

Google Chrome font scam

If you are using the popular Google Chrome browser and open a website that has text that looks wrong, and then see a pop-up window saying that a font is missing that needs to be downloaded, do not download it – it is a scam being used by hackers!

Needless to say that this is not a genuine message from Chrome and reports are coming in that websites that are infected with this malware are causing text in their webpage to display incorrectly, with visitors using Chrome to see the above window saying that a font was not found and that the ‘Chrome Font Pack’ needs to be downloaded to see the web page properly.

This is a scam and if you download the “Font Pack” you will actually download malicious software. It is believed that the download is monitoring software designed to snoop on your computer – although some cases of ransomware have been using it to encrypt your personal files.

The problem is that this pop-up window looks legitimate and already users in the UK are being caught out with this.

So if you see this font message appear on a webpage, leave the website immediately and whatever you do, don’t download the software!

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