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Suffolk mom targeted by online child porn scam

Posted on: 6:07 pm, December 10, 2013, by , updated on: 07:12am, December 11, 2013

Suffolk, Va. – A Suffolk mom says her teenage daughter and niece were doing homework on the internet when a message popped up on her computer saying that she had been caught looking at child porn.

The message said if they don’t want to be reported, they must pay $300.

Then, all of a sudden, the camera on their computer took a photo of the two girls, both sitting there in shock.

“It snapped the picture!” said Eurnickia Artis. “And that’s what really freaked them out, and they just took off running.”

That’s when Artis called police and she says they investigated for about an hour. They’re still trying to figure out what prompted the message.

The whole time, Artis says she knew it was a scam.

“I’m a little too bright for that,” she said.

But her computer is still blocked and her daughter is still too nervous to go near it.

“My oldest said, ‘Oh my God, Mom, I don’t want to even take any pictures,” she says.

Police haven’t said if they have any leads in the scam or if any others have been targeted.

14 comments

  • Joshua says:

    Hi I work on computers and I can tell you that this is a scam if you look up FBI money pack scam you will find it. some people that had this problem went as far as to call the FBI here in NC in charlotte and they informed them it was a scam. they are a tricky thing to get rid of but with someone that knows what they are doing the virus can be removed easily

  • I was hit by this scam a few months ago. I didn’t pay the $300. I had to reset my computer myself to remove the block. I’ve since put a piece of tape over the camera.

  • Quite simply it is nothing more than ransomware designed to fool the gullible. How to fix in a few easy steps:
    1. From another computer, download Microsoft Windows Defender Offline (not to be confused with Microsoft Windows Defender, or Microsoft Security Essentials) and follow the instructions to install it to either a blank CD/DVD or a USB Flash Drive.
    2. Reboot the infected computer and boot from the USB drive or disc drive (if you don’t know how, Google can show you) to run Windows Defender Offline. This will clean the part of the scamware preventing you from using Windows
    3. Now, use another antivirus tool inside of Windows (such as Microsoft Security Essentials – note that antivirus is built into Windows 8/8.1) to get rid of the remnants of the scamware that will still exist. Be sure to do a deep cleaning
    4. Enjoy your cleaned up computer

    ** NOTE: all tools I mentioned in this post can be downloaded Free Of Charge directly from Microsoft.

  • Connie says:

    I had the same thing happen to me but they didn’t get pic I didn’t have a camera so they couldn’t I had to call Cox to have them to do what they do so I had to purchase a support plan through them!!!

  • So you’re asking yourself, “how did I get this?” Simple really: you opened an email attachment from an unknown sender, or went to an I trusted website. That file you opened? Sounded too good to be true, right? Yep, that’s what caused it

  • Britt says:

    This happened to me a couple weeks ago using my BFs laptop the he got when his dad passed almost a year ago.
    Made me pissed, due to not knowing it was a scam.
    But I nor he paid the $$

  • rhonda says:

    II had this very thing happen to me I had not I had just turned laptop on and had not even looked at anything. I think I know what triggered it I clicked on Java update that popped up. I had a virus then I took laptop to pc shop and he said its called scare ware. I asked him would I know if it it the real java update it looked the same. He said don’t click on it at all.

  • Dan says:

    There are 3 different classifications of this Ransomware.
    1. Is just a nuisance and can be cleaned easily by someone who knows how.
    2. Makes it a little more difficult by changing your profile Login Password.
    3. Uses a PKI key to encrypt your files. (only the same PKI key can decrypt your files)
    Always keep an off-computer backup of your files. If they get encrypted – you aren’t getting them back.
    Also, never PAY these people any money. It is a SCAM.
    I live in Tidewater and see this malware on a regular basis.
    Computer Help 4 U

  • Dan says:

    Have the Mom Ms. Artis contact me and I will clean her PC for FREE as a Christmas Gift! I will also try my best to investigate where the Attack came from… Send Mail to dan(at)computerhelp4u.net

  • gary49 says:

    happened to me saying I visited all kind of sites sent a virus to my computer and burned out my hard drive.

  • Dan says:

    @Gary, if you still have the computer I really don’t think your HD is “burned out”. This Ransomware starts with a small virus on your hard drive. At some point in time it Takes your picture with your webcam and saves it to use on the FAKE FBI splash screen telling you that you’re in trouble and to send them $$ to “Unlock” your computer. There may be other virus’ as well, but I haven’t heard of anything yet that will burn out HDDs. If your HDD is not physically damaged and If you have personal files like Family Photos or Important MS Office Documents that you would like to recover from the hard drive…Unless it was type 3 (mentioned above) then your files are still there and intact and can be recovered. ComputerHelp4U

  • kittykitty says:

    Use a program called “hitman pro” I work for the Library and Ive had patrons come in and tell me of this issues and I help them solve it by getting them this program.

  • Audrey says:

    i have had this happen before i reported to my computor company , also my children removed the block they used you tube to figure out how to remove this scam so saved me bucks

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