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Police warn of computer virus scam

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GREENFIELD — Greenfield police are investigating an unusual scam that tells victims to pay a $300 fine or face federal charges.

The scam, which detectives believe places a virus on the target’s computer, appears to be from the Department of Justice and says the user has been caught with child pornography.

An image of child pornography – supposedly found on the victim’s computer – is also included in the notice, police said.

The user is then instructed to pay the fine by wiring money in order to regain use of the computer, which shuts down and becomes inoperable.

Greenfield police took a report of the scam this week and said they are sending the victim’s computer to the Indiana State Police Evidence Laboratory for testing.

“So far we’ve only had one report,” Detective Lt. Randy Ratliff said. “But anybody that gets that will be hesistant to call police, number one, or take (the computer) to get it worked on, number two, because it does have child pornography on it.”

Anyone who believes they have been victimized should contact the Greenfield Police Department at (317) 477-4410.

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