CFA: New computer scam


IT’S THE LATEST NEW SCAM… IT LOCKS UP YOUR COMPUTER AND ASKS FOR 2-HUNDRED DOLLARS TO FIX THE PROBLEM. NOW THE F-B-I IS TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT BEFORE YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY. I’VE REPORTED ON HUNDREDS OF SCAMS OVER THE YEARS BUT THIS ONE IS ONE OF THE WORST. NOT ONLY ARE PEOPLE FALLING FOR IT BUT THEIR COMPUTERS ARE ALSO VICTIMS OF THIS AGGREGIOUS SCAM. KATHY NEARY IS TENTATIVE TO USE HER COMPUTER… SOT/KATHY NEARY/VIRUS VICTIM- i’m still not 100% sure that it’s completely cleared SHE’S WORRIED THAT A NASTY VIRUS IS STILL LIVING IN HER HARDDRIVE… HER HUSBAND WAS SURFING THE WEB …WHEN THE COMPUTER LOCKED UP.. -SOT/KATHY NEARY/VIRUS VICTIM- all of a sudden this screen came up that said your computer is locked, you gotta pay a fine, THE SCREEN LOOKS OFFICIAL.. IT HAS THE F-B-I LOGO AND SAYS “THIS OPERATING SYSTEM IS LOCKED DUE TO A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAWS” SOT/KATHY NEARY/VIRUS VICTIM- i figured it was a scam THE SCAM IS THE REQUEST FOR 200 DOLLARS. THE SCREEN SAYS “YOU HAVE 72-HOURS TO PAY OR YOU WILL BE ARRESTED”…THE F-B-I IS GETTING THOUSANDS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS WORLDWIDE.. AND ISSUED THIS WARNING ONLINE. -SOT/FBI PODCAST- ((pod cast)) “The FBI will never insist that you need to pay a fine to the FBI to unlock it. That’s not a law enforcement tactic.” BUT THE PROBLEM IS YOUR COMPUTER REALLY IS LOCKED… EVEN RESTARTING WON’T GET RID OF THE SCREEN. ((Steve Utke/Surge Computers// “WHAT SHOULD I DO? go ahead and shut it down.”)) STEVE UTKE IS A COMPUTER EXPERT. HE SAYS THIS VIRUS IS CALLED REVETON (rev-it-on) RANSOMWARE. RANSOMWARE BECAUSE IT REQUESTS MONEY. SCAMMERS USE IT IN CONNECTION WITH OTHER MALWARE… SO UNLOCKING YOUR COMPUTER DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE DONE WITH THIS INVASION (Steve Utke/Surge Computers// “If you restart it and play with it, chances are you’re going to receive additional infections which makes it even harder to disinfect.”)) WHAT MAKES THIS SCAM PARTICULARLY FRIGHTENING IS THAT IT’S A DRIVE-BY VIRUS… YOU CAN PICK IT UP JUST BY SURFING THE WEB… AND THERE’S NO WAY TO KNOW WHICH SITES ARE INFECTED. (SH) YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF BY MAKING SURE YOU HAVE UP TO DATE VIRUS PROTECTION ON YOUR COMPUTER, ALSO IT’S SUGGESTED YOU RUN MULTIPLE SCANS – FREE WARE LIKE MAL BYTES AND EASY CLEAN BY F SECURE ARE GOOD OPTIONS. IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER PROBLEM YOU NEED HELP SOLVING – CONTACT OUR CALL 12 FOR ACTION CENTER MONDAY THRU THURSDAY FROM 11 UNTIL 1 – OUR HOTLINE IS 228-1850. OR IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CALL 12 FOR ACTION VOLUNTEER… YOU CAN CALL THAT SAME NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN. I’M PROBLEM SOLVER SUSAN HOGAN – EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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