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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Virus with a ransom

Upper Deerfield Twp, NJ

Three days ago I was looking at blogs when a ransom notice popped up and my computer was locked from further use.     It claimed it was from the Department of Justice and that I had downloaded a protected site.   It stated I needed to get a MoneyPak in the amount of $200 and enter the pin number then they would unlock the computer.    The $200. was a fine and settlement.    I know it was a scam.  I called Department of Justice and was told I would need to take the computer to a technician to have the virus removed.  It is being worked on at this time. 

I have read an article from NY Times on this issue.  It states this is a real money maker for the scammers.  In just one day they raked in over $400,000.   

I have no idea why I was hit.  I never open an email unless I am sure of who it is from.  I don't download music, movies, etc.   I visit so few sites.    The article states lots of time they hit people who look at porno. material.  NOT ME!   

The article also stated that while the computer is locked, they have access to passwords, bank accounts, etc.  The best thing to do is have the computer completely cleaned.  

So now I have to really keep up-to-date on my accounts, etc.   Beware!

6 comments:

where's weaver said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry this happened to you. Thank you for the heads up.

Judy and Emma said...

Eek! Thanks for the warning.

JO said...

Thank you for the warning these creeps can use just about anything and that people fall for this stuff is really sad. Glad you weren't one of them. I will pass this along on my blog.

Laurie and George said...

Knock on wood, I've yet to get a virus. I never want to either! Hope it all got cleared up for you.

Donna W. said...

Really makes me angry at how low lifes pray on people. Why cant they use their computer skills and get a good job and work hard just like the people they are ripping off. I know where can u make that kind of money at a regular job.
GGGRRRRR

Rick Doyle said...

That's a nasty one alright. Hope it doesn't cost too much for the techs to remove this virus.