Online Scamming to Extort Money Using False FBI Messages

Beware of the Fake FBI Messages on your PC

The rise of internet has brought people from all over the world closer. Now, it is not only easier to interact with people but you can do almost everything online. But along the comforts of internet, comes the nuisances of online scammers.

With a drastic change in how we do our banking and pay for goods and services, millions of people surfing the internet fall victim to hackers and cyber thugs every day.

Yet another incidence has come to light wherein online scammers look forward to thieve you. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has cautioned computer users to ignore a phony message, supposedly from its officers, that freezes computer screens and asks them to pay a fine for visiting undesirable websites.

Ransomware

Reveton ransomware, also known as “drive-by” virus, freezes a user’s computer and display a fake FBI message stating that there was a violation of the federal law and they would have to pay fine for visiting an inappropriate website.

The malware enters a user’s computer thorough an attachment and gets installed when he visits an infected website. Once infected, the victim’s computer freezes immediately, and the monitor displays a screen stating that user’s IP address has been identified by FBI or the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section or any other department for visiting child pornography sites or participating in any other illegal online activity. And to unblock their system, user will have to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service. Or else, criminal charges would be filed against him.

The virus is nothing but a scare ware designed by cyber hooligans and thieves to frighten innocent computer users and extort money from them.

Resolution

Here are the suggestions given by The Internet Crime Complaint Center for the victims of the Reveton virus:

  • Do not pay or provide any personal information.
  • Even if u are able to unfreeze your computer, the malware may still be working in the background, stealing all your personal info like passwords, credit card numbers, photos, videos, etc. File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.
  • Get technical help from a computer professional to delete the virus from your computer.

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