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July 31 02:50 PM

COMPUTER VIRUS SCAM SURFACES IN AREA

 The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is advising residents to be aware of a computer virus designed to scam people out of money that has recently surfacing in the area.

            The virus, known as the U.S. Justice Department Virus, creates a pop-up window or webpage and completely locks up the victim’s computer.  The pop-up contains the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations seals and states the computer has been blocked because the user has violated federal law by downloading copyrighted content or child pornography. It also advises in order to release the block from their computer, the user must pay a $300 fine by clicking an attached link.

            Residents are advised not to fall for this scam. Persons who find their computer infected by this virus are advised not to click the payment link. They should then take steps to have the virus removed. The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force has recently been advised of this virus hitting a few local computers but has received no complaints from anyone who has fallen victim to the scam. However, the task force wants residents to be aware of the virus so that they don’t end up becoming a victim.

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is composed of white collar crime investigators with the Bossier City Police Department and Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. Bossier City Chief of Police Shane McWilliams and Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington formed the task force by combining resources from both agencies to combat crimes such as identity theft, fraud and embezzlement with the city and parish.

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