Intellectual Property Law
Ask an Intellectual Property Lawyer. Get an Answer ASAP.
Thank you for using JustAnswer. I am researching your issue and will respond shortly.
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.
My pleasure.If you have any other questions, please let me know. If not, and you have not yet, please rate my answer AND press the "submit" button, if applicable. Please note that I don't get any credit for my answer unless and until you rate it a 3, 4, 5 (good or better). Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX good luck to you!
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!
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).