The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office says computer scammers have a new trick to get your money.
The Reveton virus or Ransomware takes over your computer system and looks like it’s from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The message claims users have committed a copyright or criminal code violation and says they can avoid prosecution if they pay a fine using a Moneypak card. If that money isn’t paid, the message says, the user will go to jail.
Residents in Vigo County have reported encountering the virus, which acts a pop-up and affects both Microsoft and Apple systems. The pop-ups look like legitimate system notifications.
The virus also tries to obtain passwords and other financial information. It’s also believed to activate web cams. Experts recommend double-checking your spyware and antivirus software. They also remind you to steer clear of unfamiliar websites, links or email attachments.