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Bogus email claiming to be FBI locks up computers

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A threat to your computer may be lurking in your inbox.

A bogus email is circulating that claims to be from the FBI.

The FBI Moneypak Ransomware virus literally locks your computer. A message pops up telling you that your computer has been locked by the FBI because of suspicious cyber activity and demands a penalty of between $100 and $200 to have it unlocked, but it's attached to a nasty virus.

Technicians at TechStar in Madison have had several customers hit by the virus, like Gary Kinney.

"I was searching for some property when it just popped up, and I turned it off, turned it back on, and it popped back up, tried to go in safe mode and it wouldn't go," he said.

"The FBI recommends you unplug your computer. They say any key stroke you hit is going to embed that virus deeper in the system and possibly destroy what's already on the hard drive," said Cecil Moses, retired from the FBI.

The emails are coming from foreign sources, which makes it difficult for the FBI to track down, but there is a website where you can report if you get the virus.

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