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Don't Fall for Ransomware

Scammers keep developing new tricks to try to snag money from users; the newer forms of tricks involve the use of ransomware. The scammers will infect vulnerable machines through the use of a computer virus, which will lock your computer and files and demand a payment for its release. These forms of viruses will also try to coerce users into paying a false fine by mimicking local police or security services. Follow these steps to help stop those scammers!

  • Identify the Scam. No legitimate law enforcement agency will inform users of illicit activities through a pop-up window and demand a payment over the Internet. Regularly back up your computer. This will give you the ability restore your computer without losing all your valuable information.
  • Use anti-virus tools or bring your computer to a computer specialist to remove the virus.
  • Do not make any payments. There's no guarantee that the cyber criminals will actually unlock your computer.
  • Report the complaint to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov

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