Folks please be aware and very careful. Many innocent people are opening their wallets and paying anywhere from $200 to $400, and in some cases more, to theoretically pay off the FBI. The virus claims, pretty convincingly, that the FBI has “seized and frozen access” to your computer based on your illegal downloading of copyrighted material from one or more websites.
Let’s look closely at some of the elements here:
-An “official” FBI seal
-The blaring warning: “Your computer has been locked!”
-Some variation of the message, “You have been violating copyright and related rights law.”
-Your IP address (or at least what purports to be).
-Realistic-looking and very detailed instructions on how you can pay a fine within the next 48 hours (here’s where MoneyPak comes in) and have your computer unlocked. Green Dot MoneyPak, which I have never heard of before this, according to the notice, can be purchased at major retailers such as WalMart, CVS, Walgreens, Kmart, etc.
According to the Green Dot MoneyPak website:
MoneyPak is an easy and convenient way to send money to where you need it. The MoneyPak works as a ‘cash top-up card’. Once you purchase it at a participating retailer with cash, you can use it to reload prepaid cards, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account, or make same-day payments to major companies.
-But most importantly, the absolute inability to do anything on the computer and each repeated log-in only leads back to a frozen screen and “the FBI warning”.
Be aware of “Trojan Horse-type” viruses. Know that there are all kinds of scams out there, with many originating with organized crime rings abroad.
Conclusion: this is a scam. However, apparently far from everyone has come to that conclusion, the scam is working, and individuals are sending money directly to these criminals.
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