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posted at July 16, 2012 6:41 PM EDT
First: December 1, 2011
Last: May 7, 2013
when i turned on my other computer i saw a note from F BI saying the my computer was locked bc i illegally downloaded copyrighted material (for which i could be fined and put in jail for up to 3 years_but
if i pay 200 $ it will be forgiven and my computer will be unlocked...
looks like fraud - i wish i kept that screen on and contacted FBI but now i haVe nothing except locked computer
has anyone got smth like that?
posted at March 5, 2013 6:35 PM EST
First: March 1, 2013
Last: April 23, 2013
Hi, it was a scam. The FBI website talks about this scam. It is kind of a ransom where the scammer holds your computer hostage until you pay for whatever ruse they cook up.
For example, the scammer may claim that your computer has been detected with child pornography or that your computer was locked for some other embarrasing reason and demand your financial details like a credit card number for the "fine."
But you can simply disconnect your computer and kill the virus or malware on it, even take it to a trusted computer geek that you know to clean your computer and get it working again.
Don't respond to the threats except to report it to the FBI via the Internet Crime Complaint Center, found at http://www.ic3.gov/ and they will coordinate with the FBI directly to process and investigate your complaint. Your complaint can be filed online and you can give all the details to include the money you lost and the information you may have compromised to the scammer, or the details of your Internet connection that may assist in tracking the scammer. Details of the actual malware may be helpful as well, if you can describe it in the context of a name assigned to it by an anti-virus company.
Good luck !