Scam Alert—FBI MoneyPak virus
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Cyber Crime Unit wishes to advise the community of the FBI MoneyPak virus. Several citizens in our community have come across this particular scam and reported it to our office.
This type of virus is known as “ransomware” and paying the fine not only does not unlock your computer, but can cause more damage. There are also several different variants of this type of scam but they all boil down to one thing—they lock your computer and ask you to pay through pre-paid money cards, such as MoneyPak. If you are infected with ransomware such as the FBI virus, your personal and private data and computer system functionality is already at a very high risk. If the infected computer is powered ON and connected to the internet, Trojans horses may have complete control of the computer system and access to every piece of stored data.
For Further Information Contact:
Inv. Wendy C Ammons
Public Information Officer
Walton County Sheriff’s Office
(850) 951-4707 (office)
(850) 855-0299 (cell)