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Those arrested have been running the scam out of defunct call centers.

Indian police have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding victims around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price.

Police spokesman Ajay Pal Sharma said those arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday posed as authorized representatives of Microsoft and other companies and used their logos.

The arrests were made after input from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, Mr. Sharma said.

Microsoft was the complainant in the case.

He said those arrested have been running the scam out o