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It does sound suspicious. How did you receive it? How are you directed to pay the "fine"?
I am directed to pay through what amounts to a money order. I buy a card (forget the name) from a retailer like Walgreens and then enter the 9 digit code on the card. The notice of the fine pops up when I turn on my computer and prevents me from getting into work areas on my computer or from connecting to the internet.
It's absolutely a scam, no question about it. The FBI certainly does not operate like that, and as far as I know Interpol doesn't. It's a virus or "malware" (which is why you can't do anything with your computer).
First, ignore the notice. Again, it's not from the FBI.
You would receive something via mail if it was FBI, not malware.
Here's a how to on how to remove this virus:
Thank you for the confirmation. It just seemed awfully petty and a waste of resources for any government agency to care.
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I was concerned, however, because I would think it is serious fraud to invoke FBI and/or Interpol in the virus.
It absolutely is.
But they use pretty anonymous methods to get you to pay.
You're welcome, and again, good luck to you!