People Are Actually Falling For Kiddie-Porn Email Scam
Possession of kiddie-porn is a fairly serious crime punishable in some cases by up to 10 years in prison for each image or video of child smut. So, if the "FBI" contacts you via-email, says it found kiddie-porn on your computer, and then tells you can clear the whole thing up by paying a $200 fine, it's probably (read: definitely) a scam.
That's exactly what an Internet scammer is doing to con people out of money via-the Internet. The bitch of it is people are actually falling for it -- which means one of three things: A) those duped are idiots, B) they actually have kiddie-porn on their computers and think 200 bucks is the extent of their punishment, or C) both.
The AG says "the virus immediately locks the computer and displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law and that the user's IP address was identified by the FBI for viewing child pornography and other illegal content."
To remove the virus -- and pay your debt to society -- a message pops up demanding money through a prepaid money card service as a "fine" to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen warns that in addition to
the extortion, the virus can operate the computer to commit crimes like
banking and credit card fraud.
"Our office has received complaints from consumers who we believe have been victimized by this malicious email scam," Jepsen says. "It's important for consumers to be informed and to exercise caution to protect themselves from scams like this. Never click on a link or open an email attachment from someone you do not know and trust."
Again, if you fall for this scam, you're A) an idiot, B) have kiddie-porn on your computer, or C) both.