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Beware of the FBI / Justice Department "MoneyPak" virus. It may look legally threatening, but it's actually a scam.
Two versions of a computer virus are now going around, each of which displays a fake notification pretending to be from the FBI or the U.S. Justice Department, reports Malware Tips.
The virus will lock you out of your computer while notifying you that this is due to "unauthorized cyberactivity" such as the use of your computer in the distribution of porn, spam, or copyrighted content. To appear official, the virus will also display a fake case number and a fake agent's name who is purportedly investigating the case.
The kicker to the virus is that to unlock your computer and avoid criminal prosecution, you will be asked to pay $200 in the form of a MoneyPak code. You're then directed to stores such as Walmart to purchase a MoneyPak.
Again, you should be aware that this notification is a virus and a scam. If your computer has been infected, here are some steps to remove the virus, as provided by Malware Tips:
For further details on the process to remove the "MoneyPak" virus, see the full instructions here.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.