Scammers Attempt to Hold Phones, Tablets Hostage For Money
Washington - The U.S. Marshals Service warns the public to avoid downloading malicious software affecting mobile devices; incidents of the digital scam have been reported nationwide after users visit pornography websites. Disguised as a message from the U.S. Marshals, the pop-up malware takes control of the device and populates the screen with a message accusing the user of accessing child pornography. The user is then instructed to pay a fee to avoid prosecution and regain access of their device.
Do not pay the requested fee. The U.S. Marshals Service does not conduct such activity. If you believe you are a victim of this scam, report the incident to your mobile phone carrier, or the FBI at https://www.ic3.gov. Scams and safety information can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/internet_fraud/internet_fraud.