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Helena Police Department warns of internet scam

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The Helena Police Department is warning computer users of an internet scam.

Detective Bryan Fischer says they've received several reports of a scam which locks up computers.  He says people searching for pornography or music online can come across this notice.

Fischer says the a fake FBI notice appears on a computer screen, and says the computer user has done something illegal, and needs to pay a fine.  He says some users across the United States, have submitted money to the fake FBI email address.

Fischer says, "The biggest thing that we can say is that if somebody is involved in illegal activity, it's not gonna show up that you're being monitored by somebody.  And law enforcement does not do that, to say you pay a fine to a specific email address.  You know that's not something we're involved in."

Fischer says the internet scam is difficult to combat even with updated virus software.  He says the best course of action is to simply ignore the scam if it pops up.


Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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