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Local BBB warns of 'FBI warning' scam on computer pop-up ads

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

So, you're on your computer and you see a pop-up ad, supposedly from the FBI claiming you have illegal material on your computer and you have to pay a fine.

Don't believe it.

Michele Mason with the North Alabama Better Business Bureau said her office is getting a lot of phone calls about this one.

People get upset when they see the FBI and most of the messages say you have to pay a fine of $300.

"What we're finding is these are bogus," Mason said. "You're getting hit twice because not only are they trying to get you to pay a fine for something that doesn't exist, then they're going to get access to your computer because the ad is allowing them to get in. At least if you provide them access, to clean things up. they're going to be accessing your files." 

Mason said if the FBI or any other government agency has a problem, they're not going to contact you online.

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