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FBI Moneypak Virus warning from Brown County Sheriff's


BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County Sheriff's are warning residents about a computer scam that infected a person in Ledgeview over the weekend.

Deputies responded to a report of a possible computer scam on Saturday.

The person told officers that she attempted to log on to her computer but the screen appeared to be locked. There was also a website that stated "FBI - Cybercrime Division."

This screen demanded that a fine of $300 be paid within 72 hours to prevent prosecution. It also appears that this virus was able to take a snapshot from the computers' built-in webcam of the inside of their home.

This virus also attempts to obtain passwords and any other financial information you may have on your computer.

According to a Brown County Sheriff's Department release:

"The FBI Moneypak virus (FBI virus, Citadel Reveton) is ransomware disguised as the FBI that uses Trojans (Trojan.Ransomlock.R) to lock computer systems. The FBI virus alleges the computer has been involved in illegal activity (cyber crime) by the FBI (downloaded or distributed copyrighted material or viewed child pornography, etc.). 

It demands a penalty fine of $100 or $200 to be paid in order to unlock the computer system within the allotted time of 72 hours by use of Moneypak cards (Ultimate Game Card Virus, Ukash Virus).

The FBI Moneypak ransomware virus also states on the fake FBI screen that you (the computer owner) may see jail time if the fine is not paid in time.

If you are infected with ransomware such as the FBI virus, your personal and private material and computer system functionality is already at a very high risk. If the infected computer is powered ON and connected to the internet Trojans have complete control of the computer and every piece of stored data.

FBI Moneypak Ransomware involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing FBI Moneypak Ransomware on your system."

The Brown County Sheriff's Department is urging citizen's to immediately delete any incoming e-mails from any unknown source. If you believe your computer has already been infected by this or any similar virus, shut down and unplug your computer. You may also want to consider consulting with a commercial computer expert.