Beware: Newest Virus Holds Your Computer Hostage

11:26 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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Lexington, SC (WLTX) -You're working at your computer and all of a sudden a message pops up saying that you have violated federal law. The message is complete with an authentic looking FBI seal.  

It's causing people in the Midlands to lose hundreds of dollars.  

"About five minutes before we closed, I had someone come in with the FBI virus," said Matt Spain with Computer Paramedics.

Computer Paramedics in Lexington has been working overtime getting more than ten calls a week about the FBI scam.

"Basically it's a variant that is called ransom ware and what it does is it holds your computer ransom," said Spain.

The pop up locks your computer and Spain says it comes from clicking on a spam link or message.

"It shows your IP address and your internet connection to try to build legitimacy."

The message tells you that you violated federal law and you need to make a payment in order to prevent being arrested.

"It asks you to go to Wal-Mart or some other store and buy a money pack card or some other kind of money card and you have to put in that money card code."

It tells you to pay amounts ranging from $200 to $400.

"We have actually had a customer do that and he lost 200 dollars."

With all the media coverage on the FBI scam, the scammers are now using the department of justice and even local law enforcement logos to fool you into giving them money. 

Spain says they are even getting harder to remove from your computer.

"The earlier variants of it would only take us a short period of time, lately they have become more complex and more advanced ways that we have to remove the bug."

Experts say if you receive an email or random link from a friend or family member call them and make sure they sent it in order to prevent your computer from being locked by spam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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