12 Nov Malware extorts money from victims by posing as the FBI
Don’t fall for phony FBI malware!
This article on Ars Technica points out that so-called “ransom ware” is becoming an increasing cause for concern as it is responsible for bilking $5 million a year from victims.
The malware in question disables the victim’s computer, displays a serious-looking warning and then demands payment to unlock the machine, insisting that if the victim doesn’t pay up, they will be arrested by the FBI. As scary as it may seem, it’s not real. Don’t fall for this scam!
As the unsuspecting victim may not be aware, this message DOES NOT come from the FBI. You are not obligated in any way to pay this “fine,” as it is simply an act of extortion. Again, this message is not from any law-enforcement agency — it is a scam, an illegal operation only looking to extort money from helpless victims. It is the result of malware that has infected your computer and will need to be cleaned out immediately. DO NOT enter your information, and DO NOT pay the “fine!”
If you see this message on your screen, or suspect that you may have been infected, we urge you to contact NEPA Geeks immediately so that we can evaluate your system and determine a course of action. Even if you feel that the amount is small and you simply want your computer to work again, don’t give them what they want! There is no guarantee that the bad guys won’t simply disable your computer again, demanding more money. The best course of action is to have us remove the malware for you. In the long run, it will cost far less to clean the system while dramatically reducing the risk that your personal information could end up in the hands of criminals.
Be safe, be smart! We also offer software that can prevent such infections from happening in the first place. Contact us so we can help!