Get a ComputerTan and Get ScammedCategory: Internet
Posted: February 6, 2009 06:33PM
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 people whose faces may be red, but not tanned, because they fell for a scam that offered the chance to get a tan from their computer monitors. The ComputerTan web site lured the unsuspecting users in by promising to transform computer monitors into UV-emitting lamps so users could get a tan while they worked. Unbeknownst to the victims, it was all a marketing ploy by a skin cancer charity. Once users signed up for a free trial at the Web site, their computer monitors displayed bright lights before moving on to a message warning of the risks of tanning and skin cancer.