A new scam targeting computer users tells them they have been flagged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for viewing child pornography.
The scam is a Citadel malware platform that delivers ransomware to the computer. It locks a person's computer down and tells them they have to pay a fine to the U.S. Department of Justice to fix it.
"All you have to do is land on the website and the infection is then downloaded onto your computer," said Steve Abel, president of the Abilene Better Business Bureau.
Your computer can become infected from virtually any website you visit. Anti-virus software cannot always protect you.
Abel said two people in Abilene have already reported the scam.
"This stuff loads pretty much before the operating system loads. And once it's in there, anything you try to do to get if off there, it's not gonna allow it," said Paul Freed, manager at Your Way Computer Tech Team.
Freed has recently rid a few computers of the ransomware.
"Never give this stuff any personal information or a credit card number or anything like that. That's what these guys are looking for: A way to make money," Freed said.
Abel said it is " very important that people always have good, firewall protection installed in their computer at all times, that they have good antivirus software that's in their computer, up to date."
If your computer does get infected, take it into a specialist as soon as you can to get the ransomware removed.
If you have given out your credit card information, call your bank to make sure no transactions have been made.
You can file a complaint about the scam at www.IC3.gov or with the Abilene Better Business Bureau.