I did kinda think that the days of people actually clicking on those buttons that appear as ads on web sites were over perhaps? Maybe not...
Anyone clicking on a booby-trapped page is then instantly re-directed to the site hosting the links to the fake security software.I guess it's maybe the use of search engines that makes this a newer thing - up by over 200% in 2008 apparently.
Once they arrive, visitors are bombarded with pop-ups warning that their PC is infected. To clear up the infection, users are told, they must download and pay for anti-virus software which typically costs about $50 (£34).
'Scareware' scams trick searchers, BBC website 23/03/2009
Maybe teaching primary school kids how to use blogs and twitter will improve things? You'd hope so anyway.