Wakulla County, FL - September 25, 2012
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit has received two calls for service recently involving a scam utilizing computers and the Internet. The two potential victims both stated they were using the Internet and received a “pop-up,” said Sheriff Donnie Crum.
This pop-up indicated that it was the F.B.I. and the user (victim) had been viewing child pornography on their computer. The pop-up further stated that a fine of $200 could be paid and the computer could be unfrozen.
The site requests the user purchase a “Money Pack” or “Green Dot” card to make the payment of the fine. If citizens receive any information from a potential victim about this scam, please tell them that this is a scam and not to send any money. It is also recommended that the computer have a full virus/malware/spyware scan completed and to have a virus/malware/spyware protector installed.
The WCSO Financial Crimes Unit has been in contact with the Green Dot company’s fraud department and they are aware of the situation. The F.B.I. is also aware of the situation and is taking appropriate action.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was contacted and stated this is a well-known and documented scam that has been used before and has now resurfaced. If anyone becomes a victim of this scam, contact, WCSO Detective Matt Helms at 745-7190.