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Has anyone had their computer frozen up by the FBI and told that they have a 48hrs to pay a fine with a green dot moneypak?

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This is screaming SCAM to me you need to verify with the authorities before you pay any money

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My identity theft protection service, All Clear ID, has identified it as fraudulent malware.
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it's a scam

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I'm with you, Deana!

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Yeah it's an obvious scam. Perhaps you should forward their payment information to the real FBI. This sounds like it falls under the category of wire fraud. And also buy a decent antivirus program. It sounds like this scam is being perpetrated by a computer virus attack on your system. ANd change your password after you get this resolved.

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good answer
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I found this it claims to be able to disable what is being called the FBI Moneypak VIrus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I3cSq3T5VA
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I make no guarantees for the validity of this claim. I didnt realise it was an ad for some random software until after I posted it. I never trust a "free" anti virus program they all seem to give a bait and switch the promise this and give you that unless you buy their program. I think you are better off paying for a legit program like norton or others in the first place.
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It's actually a virus and it will probably cost you money to get your computer fixed.

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what's a more obvious scam than pretending to be fbi?

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That happened to my mother-in-law too. It's a scam trying to steal your identity. If the FBI is wanting something from you? They'll come knocking on your door.

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actually a friend of mine laptop had done the exactly the same thing so she ended up taking it to the computer shop and they had to reset her laptop

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Sounds like a scam although Boo may be right, it may be a Virus...

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It is, it happened to a friend of mine. Locked up his computer and he had to pay geek squad to fix it
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Wow. Those geeks are expensive! Lol
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I think is it both a scam and a virus. It is a virus designed to perpetrate the scam.
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It probably wouldn't hurt if YOU contacted the FBI. It's a federal crime to impersonate them.They'll know how to best handle this. Who ever this is, might be using a virus to control your computer. Try a hard reboot and see if it clears. I've seen this scam before.

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DO NOT pay, no one, not even the fbi (though its not) has the right to do that to you

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Scam don't do anything

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Scam!!! FBI would just come barging in.

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