Over 300,000 people who fell for a fake anti-virus scam will receive a portion of an $8 million fine paid by Innovative Marketing.

"The firm agreed surrender the ill-gotten gains to settle FTC (Federal Trade Commission) charges that they used deceptive ads to trick marks into buying scareware packages such as Winfixer, Drive Cleaner, and XP Antivirus," writes The Register's John Leyden.

"The average amount of the cheques to be distributed will be $20, however the exact amounts will be based on the level of individual loss," Leyden writes. "The refund programme itself may become the target of scam emails attempting to hoodwink victims into advanced fee fraud."

Go to "Fake anti-virus victims in line for slice of $8m payout pie" to read the details.

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