Holy mother of bejebus. So this is the first time I have almost
fell for a ransom ware virus and starting this thread just to give anyone who's not aware a heads up. I am quite young and "hip" with most and any scams out there but I was actually getting ready to go to my local 7-11 and go take out a $400 moneypak to pay this BS off. Admittedly, this was mostly out of panic and not thinking things thru before acting, which, thankfully I looked up what moneypak was before going to the store.
So what happened to me was I was browsing TB like usual when a screen popped up saying that FBI has shut and locked my computer down on charges of illegal downloading and copyrighted material from one or more websites. Okay...guilty as charged here, start freaking out a little bit...then I look on my left hand side and they have a ****ing picture of my face (which I later found out the ransom ware can hack into your webcam and take a photo of you) which absolutely sent me over the edge in panic mode. Here is something like what I saw, but not exactly (I cant find the exact pic of the one that popped up on my computer).
Okay so far:
-Legitimate looking FBI seal
-Clean looking and organized page (often times scam pages are messy and cluttered)
-Has a FREAKIN picture of my face
-Step by step easy method of payment
-Inability to do anything on my computer no matter how many times I shut it off
-My IP address, or what I thought to be
So as I grab my wallet and I see my Itouch and research what the hell moneypak is since ive never heard of it and turns out this scam has been going around for a while. This is probably the most relieved I have been in my 19 years on this planet. Stay safe fellow Tbers.
Here's a link to more info http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidwis...somware-virus/
Edit: If I remember correctly, in my haze of panic, they were going to charge me with a bunch of BS I didn't really understand and file a suit on me or something... unless I paid the $400 fine within 7 days.