A new virus called the “FBI Green Dot Moneypack Virus” is surfacing on the internet. According to Wcop.com, this new type of online extortion, referred to as “ransomware,” is known to lock up PC computer screens with the FBI logo. The falsified FBI alert will claim an illegal website has been visited via your computer, and as a result, the computer will remain locked until a fine of $200 is paid.
Jennifer Werner, a victim of this scam, rightly became suspicious when the alert instructed the fine be sent by a reloadable debit card from a drugstore. If this happens to you, be sure not to immediately believe it. Do some research on another computer or phone to find a fix, or call a tech company. Wcop.com urges you to “assume any email or online notice from the government is a scam, especially if it doesn’t include your name specifically in the notice.”
Read the full article here, www.wcpo.com/dpp/money/consumer/dont_waste_your_money/fbi-warning-message-locking-up-pcs.